BSc in Applied Biology

Bachelor of ScienceApplied Biology

Full Time
2016 CAO range:
        300 - 480
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

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.

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
Scientific Enquiry in BiologyEnvironmental 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:Research Project (Biology)
*Manufacturing Production & Processing
*Microbiology 2
* = elective module

Leaving Certificate 2017:

Minimum entry requirements

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

Advanced and Equivalent Entry:

Graduates of BSc in Applied Biology 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.

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