M.Sc. Clinical Chemistry

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 30 July of each year
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,750 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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This advanced taught Masters Programme in Clinical Chemistry is offered on a part-time basis over 2 years and is delivered by a panel of national and international medical and scientific experts in the discipline. The Clinical Biochemistry Unit at TCD is part of the School of Medicine and is Irelands only such facility. It is supported by the largest clinical biochemistry service in the country, with state of the art clinical laboratories at Tallaght Hospital, St. Jamess Hospital, and Naas General Hospital.

Clinical Biochemistry is the discipline of pathology (or laboratory medicine) that is concerned with the detection and measurement of biochemical changes in disease. Clinical Chemistry laboratories carry out a wide range of biochemical investigations in a complex automated working environment. In addition to routine diagnostic work, personnel are also frequently involved in clinical trials, audit and research and so require a detailed knowledge of the effects of disease on biochemical measurements.

The course runs every Friday during term times over two years (5 terms) at the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences complex at Tallaght Hospital, Dubin 24, Ireland. In addition, some selected lecture blocks take place in St. Jamess Hospital, Dublin 8 and in the Childrens University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin 1.

There are 5 taught modules (Clinical Chemistry I and II, Endocrinology and Metabolism I and II, Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management) and a research dissertation. Six workplace assignments and a Logbook of 10 cases must also be submitted during the course.

Most of our students are medical scientists, clinical biochemists or medical doctors who already have some knowledge of laboratory or clinical medicine and wish to develop a special interest in Clinical Chemistry. All students must either have a concurrent appointment in a clinical laboratory or a suitable laboratory placement for the duration of the course. Classes are kept small (usually not more than 12-15 students) so that individual attention is possible.

Whatever their background, our students repeatedly tell us that this course provides in-depth training in the medical, scientific, and research aspects of clinical chemistry and a unique training opportunity not found on any other laboratory medicine course. The course has been running since 2005, and many of our past students have gone on to complete higher specialist medical training in chemical pathology or reach senior scientific positions in laboratory medicine.


This new M.Sc. programme in Clinical Chemistry is offered on a part-time basis over 2 years. Candidates who are employed as medical scientists, clinical biochemists or medical doctors and who wish to develop a special interest in Clinical Chemistry are particularly invited to apply. The course will be administered through the Faculty of Health Sciences and will be co-ordinated by Drs Gerard Boran and Vivion Crowley.

A comprehensive lecture programme will be delivered on Fridays over five terms. This will consist of 6 Modules

* Clinical Chemistry I and II,
* Endocrinology and Metabolism I and II,
* Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management,
* and a Revision Module in the final term.

Each module will include Techniques Workshops: these will focus on developing practical skills through demonstrations and assignments in the candidates´ base laboratory. A series of Clinical Laboratory Interface Workshops will foster clinical reasoning and data presentation skills.

A research dissertation conducted in the candidates´ base laboratory will also form part of the course. Instruction on research methods will be included.

The course is assessed by means of a Final Examination which consists of two written papers, a practical assessment consisting of a series of short cases, and a viva voce. The writing of a dissertation based on a research project is also a requirement for the M.Sc.


Applications will be accepted from those who satisfy ONE of the following requirements: * hold an honours degree (normally first or upper second class) in any health sciences or biomedical discipline, or a medical, dental or nursing degree, OR
* are Members or are eligible for Membership of the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences, or possess Part 1 or Part 2 Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Science OR
* have appropriate current or previous work experience in clinical biochemist or medical scientist posts

Applicants under (b) should provide documentary evidence such as a letter from the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences confirming their Membership or eligibility for Membership.

Applicants under (c) should provide full details of their current and previous experience with their application.

Applicants meeting these requirements may be required to attend for interview.

Candidates are also recommended to have at least one year of experience in a general clinical chemistry laboratory.

English language requirements:

* IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 88 iBT, 230-computer based, 570 paper based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 88

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