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The aim of this course, run jointly with Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, is to provide postgraduate education in medical laboratory science for those wishing to pursue a career in this field. It provides an advanced programme in the molecular basis of disease including the etiology, pathogenesis and investigation of the disease process. I.T. and management as applied to Medical Laboratories are also covered. Students are also offered a range of specialist subject modules including: Cellular Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Immunology, Microbiology and Transfusion Science. Students develop research skills by partaking in an advanced practical project in their chosen area of specialisation.
Students are required to register with both DIT and TCD, and are full students of both institutions and enjoy the benefits of full post-graduate membership of both institutions.
The course is available on a part-time block-release basis and may be offered in future academic years on a full-time basis.The duration of the course is two academic years. Students attend college for ten weeks of formal learning with student directed learning, course work, assignments, tutor interaction and project work taking place during the remaining time.
* Modules in pathological processes (including development in molecular genetics, cell physiology, molecular structure-function relationships, immunology.
* Advanced investigative methods
* Laboratory managment
* Theoretical basis of diagnostic methods
* Professional/Scientific Development
Modules in one of the following specialist topics
-Immunology / Transfusion Science
* Students also undertake a laboratory based research project.
A portfolio of work will be presented by each student including, two essays, literature reviews, paper critiques, workshop reviews, oral presentations, case studies and a poster. An examination at the end of the second year will be on the selected specialist topic. Students must also satisfactorily complete their research project.