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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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GY303
Biomedical Science

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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Students will learn about the structure and function of the human body from the level of organs and tissues to the molecular level, as well as how drugs are used to treat disease. You will major in one of the following biomedical science subjects: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology.

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Note: Information for 2018 Entry
Old Code New Code Award Title
CITXX    Information Technology
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
CASFX  5M5267  Food Science
CELTX    Electronic Technology
  5M0529  Software Development
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques


Essential Module Requirements:
CASLT - Laboratory Techniques; 5M3807 - Laboratory Techniques; CELTX - Electronic Technology; CITXX - Information Technology
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in: C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
and 3 of the following 11 modules:C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology
C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry
C20012 - Computer Architecture & Systems
C20013 - Computer Programming
C20016 - Electronics
or 5N1606 - Electronics
C20018 - Electronics and Digital
or 5N1774 - Electronics - Digital
C20033 - Laboratory Techniques
or 5N2751 - Laboratory Skills
C20040 - Mechanics
or 5N1638 - Mechanics
C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics
B20012 - Database Methods
or 5N0783 - Database Methods
or B20028 - Spreadsheet Methods
or 5N1977 - Spreadsheet Methods
5M0529 - Software Development; 5M0536 - Computer Systems and Networks
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in: 5N18396 - Maths for Information Technology
6 and 3 from of the following:5N0541 - Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
5N0548 - Computer Systems Hardware
5N0583 - ICT Security Policy and Management
5N0690 - Communications
5N2928 - Operating Systems
5N2772 - Software Architecture
5N2927 - Programming and Design Principles
5N2929 - Networking Essentials
5M5267 - Food Science
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in: 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20139 - Mathematics
and 3 from of the following:5N0737 - Microbiology
5N2748 - Food Chemistry
5N1460 - Physics
5N2006 - Nutrition
5N2746 - Biology
5N2747 - Chemistry
5N2751 - Laboratory Skills

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

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Graduates from this programme will find employment in the pharmaceutical (e.g. Allergan), diagnostics (e.g. Abbott) and medical devices (e.g. Medtronic, Boston Scientific) industries. Other graduates will go on to careers in research, academia and many areas of health sciences and health care.



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