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Paul Leonard, Siobhan Moore (Pharmachemical Ireland), Emma O'Brien, Aoife MacCormac and Richard O'Kennedy at the Awards Ceremony.



At the Gradireland Recruitment and Postgraduate Awards Gala Dinner in the Mansion House on Wednesday 13th April, DCU's M.Sc. in Biomedical Diagnostics won the award for the Science Postgraduate Course of the Year 2011. Judged by an independent panel of education & industry experts, the citation for the M.Sc. award noted "This programme is meeting the needs of the medical device industry in Ireland, which is a growing sector. Its blended learning approach, excellent links with industry and the employability of graduating students just give this course the edge".

The M.Sc. in Biomedical Diagnostics is a unique graduate training course, merging academic modules with industry insight and analysis. It is hosted by the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), Dublin City University (DCU), a CSET research institute funded by Science Foundation Ireland. The M.Sc., established since September 2006, is multi-disciplinary in nature and is focused on the science and technology underpinning the development of next generation biosensors for use in biomedical diagnostics. It was established to meet the future skills needs of the Irish Medical Devices and the broader Life Science sector.

The judging panel deemed the M.Sc. Biomedical Diagnostics to be an exceptional postgraduate offering, with employability being the key criterion. The first employment destination of M.Sc. Biomedical Diagnostics graduates is impressive with many graduates employed in the Irish Life Science industry and others diversified into areas such as regulatory affairs and medical laboratory science. A number of graduates are pursuing PhD studies within BDI/DCU or worldwide.

Course reputation, innovation and relationship with industry also played a key role in selecting the M.Sc. for the award. The M.Sc. has a number of unique features which enhance the student experience including; input from world- leading scientists and clinicians, frequent industry interaction through the BDI partnership, a 3 month practical research project in cutting edge research facilities and a focus on student professional development in areas such as entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and science communication.

Congratulations to the programme management team on winning the award - Dr. Aoife MacCormac, Emma O'Brien, Dr. Paul Leonard & Prof. Richard O'Kennedy.

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