The BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science is a four year honours degree course, which can be chosen within the SE501 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) Common Entry Route.This course is designed to train you to work in the areas of biopharmaceutical, biomedical, and/or food related industries. The course will also train you for progression to further study such as postgraduate research and/or the Professional Master of Education (PME).
Industry needs suitably qualified graduates with hands-on practical experience to be part of exciting developments in the field of biopharmaceutical and related sciences. New advances in biotechnology use microorganisms as well as other cell types to produce drugs and other useful products. The nature of such work requires scientists who understand cellular processes and how they can be controlled. This four year degree is designed to train you in processes such as analytical testing, advanced molecular biology techniques, microbiological analyses, biopharmaceutical technology and cell culturing techniques which are important skills required to work in biopharmaceutical, biomedical, food and related industries.
Year 1 of this programme will give you a solid foundation in both the theoretical knowledge and basic lab skills in biology, chemistry and physics. As you progress through years 2, 3, 4 of the programme you will gain specialist scientific skills in areas such as microbiology, molecular biology, pharmaceutical biotechnology, cell culturing, pharmacology as well as quality management which are key skills for your future career.
You will spend a lot of time learning key practical skills by working in SETU Waterford laboratories. In addition to molecular biology and biopharmaceutical skills our close links with industry ensure that you will be exposed to other current industry techniques especially in the area of quality management and regulatory affairs and compliance.
Students undertake a nine-month work placement (minimum 15 weeks), allowing them to develop valuable professional skills. Recent placement opportunities have included: Eurofins, Sanofi, Bausch & Lomb, Haelon, Teva, MSD, Environmental Protection Agency, and University Hospital Waterford.
Our programme has strong study abroad links with Hanze University in The Netherlands, ENIL in France, and the partner institutions in EU-CONEXUS, plus other institutions throughout Europe.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills||Cell Biology and Biochemistry|
|Introduction to ICT for Scientists||Physics for Scientists|
|Introductory Biology Intro||Mathematics for Scientists|
|Introductory Chemistry||Physical and Organic Chemistry|
|Introductory Physics||Choose two of the following electives:|
|Introductory Mathematics||*Introduction to Modern Physics|
|*Introduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science|
|*Introduction to Food Science|
|*Science & Society|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Laboratory Data Analysis & Presentation||Applied Maths for Scientists|
|Organic Chemistry & Biomolecules||Chromatographic and Electrophoteric Techniques|
|Scientific Enquiry in Biology||Environmental Monitoring|
|Spectroscopic Techniques||Food Microbiology|
|Statistics for Scientists||Microbial Biotechnology and Genetics|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Chromatographic Method Development & Validation||Work Placement|
|Protein Chemistry and Enzymology||or|
|Molecular Biology and Genetics||Study Abroad|
|Total Quality Management|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Applications of Microbiology with Biostatistics||Advanced Quality Methodologies|
|Cell Factories and Mammalian Cell Culturing||Biopharmaceutical Technology|
|DNA Technology and Bioinformatics||Molecular Biology and Medicine|
|Regulatory Affairs and Compliance||Physiology and Pharmacology|
|Research Methodology and Literature Review||Research Project|
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
The entry route for this programme is from SE501 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry).
At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.
There are many career opportunities, for instance you could become a:
After completion of the level 8 programme you will be eligible to apply for relevant postgraduate programmes. SETU Waterford has a range of successful and well-funded research projects in a variety of biological areas. In addition to a career in industry or research you will be suitably qualified for progression to the Professional Master of Education.
SETU Waterford lecturing staff teaching on this course are active in a range of successful and well-funded research projects in a variety of biological areas. Current research interests are in molecular biology, molecular ecology, biomedical science, microbiology and biochemistry. There are active collaborations with national and international universities, research institutes and commercial organisations.