BSc in Applied Biology

Bachelor of ScienceApplied Biology

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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.

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.

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

I really enjoyed my time at WIT. The BSc in Applied Biology offers the perfect mixture of theoretical and practical aspects. The small class sizes and extremely knowledgeable lecturers make this course excellent. Upon leaving WIT I felt confident in myself and my abilities and was well prepared for the working world. I really couldn’t recommend this course enough for anyone looking to pursue a career in science.

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