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Biosciences / Eolaíochtaí Bitheacha


What is... Biosciences?

The aim of this programme is to produce graduates with the necessary skills for employment as technicians/technologists or scientific personnel in the fields of Biotechnology and Biosciences. The 1st year of the programme will provide a solid foundation in Biology, Chemistry, Physics with the 2nd year focusing on the core subject areas of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology and Microbiology. The final year of the programme builds on these core subjects, together with Biotechnology and specialised Bio-Industry focused modules of Nutraceuticals and Research Methods and Applications, which are key developmental topics for graduates. The programme is offered on a modular basis.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates of this programme are qualified to gain employment in many diverse fields of Biological Science as technicians/technologists in Biomedical, Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. Graduates also avail of career opportunities in State or third level Research Laboratories.

What other options do I have after completion?

Candidates with good grades who wish to progress academically are eligible to apply for entry to the Level 8 (Honours) degree BSc in Bio-molecular Science (DT226A) offered by the DIT or elsewhere in Higher Education.

Module Listing

Year One

Core Modules

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Professional Skills
  • Information Technology.

There are 6 core modules also common to DT260 -  Industrial & Environmental Phyics, DT261 - Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences and DT212 - Science.

Students taking the Biosciences programme take two additional modules: (a) Microbiology and Society & (b) The Human Body and Disease while also selecting a third optional module.

Year Two

Core Modules

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Growth and Genetics
  • Microbial Diagnostics
  • Immunology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Research and Development in Health Life Sciences
  • Software Applications
  • Introductory Biostatistics.

Year Three

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology - Upstream and Downstream Bioprocessing
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Environmental and Public Health Microbiology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Nutraceutical Product Development
  • Research Methods and Applications.

Further Information

School of Biological Sciences

T: 01 402 4562 or 01 402 4925