Welcome to the Trinity MSc in Clinical Chemistry.
This advanced taught Masters Programme in Clinical Chemistry is offered on a part-time basis over 2 years and is delivered by a panel of national and international medical and scientific experts in the discipline. The Clinical Biochemistry Unit at TCD is part of the School of Medicine and is Ireland’s only such facility. It is supported by the largest clinical biochemistry service in the country, with state of the art clinical laboratories at Tallaght Hospital, St. James’s Hospital, and Naas General Hospital.
Clinical Biochemistry is the discipline of pathology (or laboratory medicine) that is concerned with the detection and measurement of biochemical changes in disease. Clinical Chemistry laboratories carry out a wide range of biochemical investigations in a complex automated working environment. In addition to routine diagnostic work, personnel are also frequently involved in clinical trials, audit and research and so require a detailed knowledge of the effects of disease on biochemical measurements.
The course runs every Friday during term times over two years (5 terms) at the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences complex at Tallaght Hospital, Dubin 24, Ireland. In addition, some selected lecture blocks take place in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin 8 and in the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin 1.
There are 5 taught modules (Clinical Chemistry I and II, Endocrinology and Metabolism I and II, Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management) and a research dissertation. Six workplace assignments and a Logbook of 10 cases must also be submitted during the course.
The current Course Information Manual can be downloaded from the following link (PDF 474 kB)
Most of our students are medical scientists, clinical biochemists or medical doctors who already have some knowledge of laboratory or clinical medicine and wish to develop a special interest in Clinical Chemistry. All students must either have a concurrent appointment in a clinical laboratory or a suitable laboratory placement for the duration of the course. Classes are kept small (usually not more than 12-15 students) so that individual attention is possible.
Whatever their background, our students repeatedly tell us that this course provides in-depth training in the medical, scientific, and research aspects of clinical chemistry and a unique training opportunity not found on any other laboratory medicine course. The course has been running since 2005, and many of our past students have gone on to complete higher specialist medical training in chemical pathology or reach senior scientific positions in laboratory medicine.