BSc in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

Bachelor of ScienceMolecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

Full Time
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

What is Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science?

Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science 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 Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science 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
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 2018:

Minimum entry requirements

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

Advanced and Equivalent Entry:

Career Opportunities

The programme will provide graduates with the relevant expertise in biological and analytical sciences in preparation for careers in biopharmaceutical, biomedical and/or food related industries.

Graduates of BSc in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science 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

Graduates of this programme can progress to the level 8 BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science (WD002 BIO) from which gradates can progress to further study such as postgraduate research and/or the Professional Master in Education (PME) for secondary teaching.

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