• Curriculum focused on human anatomy, physiology, cell biology, immunology and disease states and possible interventions
  • Delivery via blended learning teaching methodologie
  • Medium-term up-skilling and/or re-skilling for career change or specialisation or for personal interest
  • Entry requirement of Science or Engineering Diploma or higher


September TBC

Closing Date: TBC

What Type of Course is it?
This one-year, part-time Diploma course aims to develop specialist knowledge of the human body, disease states and possible interventions, and to develop transferable and soft skills.

Delivered via blended learning the course will equip participants with state-of-the-art reference materials to support module topics. Participants will gain knowledge of the form and function of the human body and of common human diseases, the science behind a range of therapeutic interventions and the technology behind various medical devices. A focused project module and the practical and applied nature of programme delivery will require participants to apply their knowledge to real cases and engage in discussions with fellow students and module tutors which explore the key concepts in the human body, disease states and various interventions.

How Will I Benefit?
The course is intended for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the human body. It will allow those with engineering qualifications to specialise in biomedical aspects of engineering if taken as a ‘top up’ course.

If graduates so wish they can progress to the B.Sc. in Science & Technology Studies (NQF level 8) with credit for their studies. In this case they will be exempt from one elective stream in the Degree cycle.

Learning Objectives
On completion of the course students should have:

  • Specialised knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, cell biology, immunology and disease states
  • An appreciation of the science behind a range of therapeutic interventions
  • Technical knowledge of biocompatibility and various medical devices
  • Developed various transferable and soft skills

This Specialist Diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project, each worth 6 ECTS, giving a total of 30 ECTS. The course allows students to develop specialist knowledge of the human body and to develop transferable and soft skills.

The four taught modules are:

  • Cell Biology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biocompatibility & Device Design
  • Immunology & Human Therapeutics

The project topic is chosen by you in consultation with your supervisor.

Assessment of the taught modules is through continuous assignments, written examinations and in some cases practical laboratory sessions. Exams take place at the end of each semester. The project is assessed through staged delivery of a project report. The award mark is based on an average result of all five modules.

The course is offered over one academic year (September to May) on a part-time basis. Two taught modules are complete each semester (September to December and January to May) while the project is completed over the academic year.

Blended Learning
The course is delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates will receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials will be specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material and interactive learning resources where appropriate. The course requires attendance on campus for approximately 10 hours per module, or one Saturday every month between September and May. Between campus visits you will interact with tutors and peers via an online learning system.

The course is intended for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the human body out of personal interest or for career advancement or change. It will allow medical device operatives and technicians to advance their biomedical knowledge. It will be beneficial to those from a science or engineering background who wish to transfer existing skills and develop specialist knowledge in order to move into the medical devices sector. It will also be of benefit to current Medical Device Engineers by providing insight into the ultimate environment of their products.

The fees for the course are 1,900 euro for EU students and 2,400 euro for non-EU students. This fee includes:

  • Registration
  • Tuition fees
  • Course materials
  • Examinations and assessments

Subventions for Employed Students
This course has been approved by ULearning Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 20% for students whose company is a member of the ULearning Skillnet Network. See www.ulearning.ie for further details.

Subventions for Unemployed Students
The following fee subventions may be available for this course:

  • ULearning Unemployed Subvention (100%). Please see www.ulearning.ie for further details

Prospective students on the following allowances may be eligible for a 30% reduction in fees:

  • Jobseekers benefit
  • Jobseekers allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Social insurance contribution credits

A separate scholarship application form applies and is available at Apply Online.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must be in receipt of the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a related Diploma or higher qualification.

Alternative Entry
Applicants may use experience in addition to academic qualifications to demonstrate that they satisfy the course prerequisites.

Next Steps

Your next step in participating in the Specialist Diploma in Form & Function of the Human Body is to complete an online application form. You will find this form in the Application Forms section of this web site.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis via our system of Offer Rounds to facilitate decision making and early notification to applicants throughout the year. Applications will open on April 10, 2017.


  • Supporting documents include form of ID (birth cert/passport/drivers licence) and transcript of exam results obtained