At the 2012 GradIreland Awards, the Engineering postgraduate course of the year award went to the MSc in Bioengineering. The awards were presented at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on 25 April 2012 in Dublin's Mansion House attended by 470 of Irelands leading employers, third level careers services and professional bodies.
"The main criterion for this award is the employability of the postgraduates rather than the quality of the course itself" said Mark Mitchell of GTI Ireland in a special report in the Irish Times (Friday 27 April). "There are many excellent postgraduate courses which are not really focused on employment opportunities but this award looks at that. The MSc in Bioengineering is particularly good in this regard as it represents a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National College of Art and Design.
"The institute went out and brought all the different skillsets required for the qualification together. It wasn't a question of simply offering the best course it could provide but the best course possible"