BSc in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

Bachelor of ScienceMolecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        208 - 567
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

What is the BSc in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science?

This is a three year full-time course designed to train you to work in the areas of biopharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental or food related industries. With further qualifications you could become a science researcher or a secondary school science teacher.

Why is Molecular Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science important?

Molecular Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science includes the understanding of how organisms work from microscopic to multi cellular organism level.   It also involves the use of living organisms (mostly microbes but also other cell types) to produce drugs and other useful products. This work requires suitably qualified scientists who understand these biotechnological processes and how they can be controlled. This three year degree is designed to train you in processes such as traditional and advanced molecular biology techniques, analytical testing and microbiological analyses which are important skills required to work in biopharmaceutical, environmental, food and related industries.

What subjects will I study?

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 of the programme you will gain specialist scientific skills in areas such as microbiology, molecular biology, pharmaceutical biotechnology and quality management, key skills for your future career.

What are the unique features of your course?

In addition to core microbiology, molecular biology and biopharmaceutical skills the course places particular focus on quality management systems relevant to the pharmaceutical /biopharmaceutical industrial sectors.   You will spend a lot of time learning key practical skills by working in WIT laboratories.  This exposure to practical skills training is highly valued by potential future employers.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Good Laboratory Practice & Core SkillsCell Biology & Biochemistry
Introduction to ICT for ScientistsPhysics for Scientists
Introductory BiologyMathematics for Scientists
Introductory ChemistryPhysical & Organic Chemistry
Introductory MathematicsIntroduction to Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Science
Introductory PhysicsChoose one of the following electives:
*Plant Biology
*Forensic Science
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Laboratory Data Analysis & PresentationApplied Mathematics for Scientists
Microbiology 1Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry & BiomoleculesChromatographic and Electrophoretic Techniques
Scientific Enquiry in BiologyEnvironmental Monitoring
Spectroscopic TechniquesFood Microbiology
Statistics for ScientistsMicrobial Biotechnology and Genetics
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Chromatographic Method Development and ValidationLaboratory Data Modelling
Introduction to Research MethodsProtein Chemistry and Enzymology
Molecular Biology and GeneticsMicrobial Ecology and Bioremediation
Pharmaceutical BiotechnologyResearch Project
Total Quality ManagementIndustrial Processing and Operations
Applied ImmunologyMicrobiology 2

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science:


Applicants should note that a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) at Leaving Certificate is recommended for this programme.

What career opportunities have I?

There are many career opportunities, for instance you could become a:

  • Biopharmaceutical Laboratory Analyst
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory Analyst
  • Microbiology Laboratory Analyst
  • Environmental Laboratory Analyst
  • Quality Control Analyst (QC Analyst)
  • Quality Assurance Representative (QA Rep)


What follow on study options are available?

After completion of the level 7 programme you will be eligible to transfer into year 4 of the BSc (H) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science


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