Degree in Science & Technology Studies

Start date: 02 September 2023

Duration: 2-4 Years

Location: University Galway

Certificate: NFQ Level 8

Cost: Members €2,343 pa Non-Members €3,905 pa

Programme overview

The Degree in Science & Technology Studies is a part-time course which focuses on the knowledge and skill requirements of high-tech industries. The modular structure is designed with flexibility in mind, enabling students to balance study with work and other commitments and to accumulate credits over a time frame that suits their lifestyle. Learning is delivered via a blend of distance and online resources, on-campus tutorials and labs, and company-based projects.

Learning outcomes

This course aims to:

  • Provide students with a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical foundations of Science & Engineering

  • Introduce students to areas of applied and specialist knowledge found in today’s high-tech environments

  • Develop important managerial skills such as problem solving, decision making and advanced communication skills.

Who is the course for

The course is primarily intended to support those seeking career advancement in a variety of high tech industries such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and manufacturing. It will also appeal to those with a personal interest in Science and Technology.


The Degree consists of 20 modules to be completed over a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 years (see the module chart for the Diploma/Degree below). The core modules are largely in the areas of production science and operations and systems management. The elective streams will enable students to specialise and deepen their knowledge in the following areas:

  • Lean & Quality Systems

  • Medical Device Science

  • Automation & Control

  • Corporate Environmental Planning

  • Regulatory Affairs

Exemptions: Applicants who have completed accredited study in a relevant area may apply for exemptions. Credit may also be granted for demonstrable experiential learning. Exemptions may be granted up to a maximum of 5 modules in the Degree cycle. Exemptions are considered by the programme board on a case-by-case basis.

For details of all modules please see Science & Technology Module Chart

Training Provider Profile


University of Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 175 years, with a student population today of over 18,000.  According to QS World University Rankings, they are ranked 259 in the world and have been increasing their global reach and reputation over the past decade.

Degree in Science & Technology Studies