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 Irelandís 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. Jamesís 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. Jamesís Hospital, Dublin 8 and in the Childrenís 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 MSc programme in Clinical Chemistry is offered on a part-time basis over two years. Candidates who are employed as medical scientists, clinical biochemists or medical doctors and who wish to develop a special interest in Clinical Biochemistry are particularly invited to apply. All students regardless of background will gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles of Clinical Biochemistry to an advanced level, including clinical and research aspects and with special attention to current developments in the discipline. A comprehensive lecture programme will be delivered on Fridays over four terms. This will consist of five Modules (Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Chemistry and General Paediatric Biochemistry, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management). There will be a revision sessions prior to examinations. 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 course work, an examination at the end of each year consisting of a written paper and a practical assessment consisting of a series of short cases and laboratory data; and, a viva voce at the end of the final year. The writing of a dissertation based on a research project is also a requirement for the MSc.
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:
No work experience is required.
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