BSc in Applied Biology

Course Overview

3 years

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What is Applied Biology?

Applied Biology is the understanding of how organisms work from subcellular to whole organism level.  It also involves the use of living organisms (mostly microbes) to produce useful products.  It includes traditional processes like brewing, cheesemaking and modern developments such as genetic engineering which can lead to new drugs against cancer and other diseases.

What is the BSc in Applied Biology Course?

This is a three year full time course.  It is designed to provide students with the scientific skills, theoretical and modern practical skills to work in areas such as biopharmaceutical, food and environmental sectors.

Course Leader(s)

Dr. Audrey Hearne


Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory BiologyPhysical & Organic Chemistry
Introductory ChemistryCell Biology & Biochemistry
Introductory PhysicsPhysics for Scientists
Introductory MathematicsMathematics for Scientists
Good Laboratory Practice & Core SkillsChoose two of the following electives:
Introduction to ICT for Scientists*Introduction to Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Science
*Plant Biology
*Science & Society
*Introduction to Food Science
* = elective module* = elective module
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Microbiology 1Microbial Biotechnology & Molecular Genetics
Spectroscopic TechniquesChromatographic Techniques
Organic Chemistry & BiomoleculesBiochemistry
Statistics for ScientistsFood Microbiology
Laboratory Data Analysis & PresentationApplied Maths for Scientists
Topics in BiotechnologyEnvironmental Science
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Chromatographic Method Development & ValidationProtein Chemistry & Enzymology
Introduction to Research MethodsLaboratory Data Modelling
Pharmaceutical BiotechnologyMicrobial Ecology & Bioremediation
Molecular BiologyApplied Immunology
Total Quality ManagementSensors & Electroanalysis
Choose one of the following electives:Laboratory Project
*Manufacturing Production & Processing
*Microbiology 2
* = elective module

Leaving Cert

5 subjects: OD3 or better

Required Subjects

English/Irish: OD3/HD3

Mathematics: OD3/HD3

Advanced Entry

Students who have completed all or part of a third level qualification, may be eligible for entry into years other than year 1 of this course.

To find out more, visit Advanced Entry

Graduates are qualified to work in a variety of positions in laboratories such as:

  • Microbiology

  • Food

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Environmental analysis

  • Quality assurance

Genzyme, Teva, Dawn Meats and Glanbia among other companies have employed graduates of this course.

Follow on Study

WD055 - BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Quality Management 


“The science courses at WIT are excellent in their balance between
up-to-date theoretical knowledge and practical skills making graduates highly sought after by leading companies.  I know the staff and community structure in WIT provides students with the tools and the stimulating, supportive learning enviroment they require to achieve their educational ambitions.”


Richard Walshe, Biotechnology graduate

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About the School

The School of Science at WIT has a broad range of courses available to those seeking to develop their knowledge of the world. Its researchers and educators ensure that work of the highest standard is carried out in its classrooms and laboratories, and graduates of the school gain a well-known and highly regarded qualification.