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If you are considering starting in the food/ catering or hospitality sectors, you should consider whether you like working shift work and you should like working in a pressured environment .

It is a very fulfilling and rewarding sector to work in though and every day is different with new skills being added to your skillset all of the time . If you are considering moving into the management side of things, then you should be able to co ordinate tasks and people to achieve results and you should like an ever changing work environment.


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Medical 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 HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This programme will provide students with a solid foundation in the basic sciences together with the skills and knowledge to practice medical laboratory science. There is a 27 week structured in-service placement as a student medical scientist during the third year. Graduates are specifically qualified to work in modern hospital laboratories and are involved in the investigation and diagnosis of medical conditions and disease.

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GA785 - Medical Science
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

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GA785 - Medical Science
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Three Distinctions

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This programme is one of only three of its type in the Republic of Ireland that are recognised by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science as enabling graduates to practice as medical scientists in hospitals.

This course is also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) in the United Kingdom. Thus, successful completion of the academic programme and attainment of the IBMS ‘Certificate of Competence’ through completion of the IBMS registration training portfolio in an approved laboratory enables the student to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and to then work as a Biomedical Scientist in the United Kingdom.

Graduates can also develop careers in medical research and in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors.

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