Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
College of Science
Biotechnology is the application of biology for the benefit of humanity and the environment. It harnesses organisms to provide foods and medicines, and for tasks such as cleaning toxic waste or detecting harmful substances. Biotechnology has roots in food and agriculture, using yeast to make beer and bread, and lactic acid bacteria to make cheese. New technologies such as genetic engineering have enabled modern biotechnology to become an important part of the ‘smart economy’ in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, the food industry and the environment.
This programme provides a focused and closely mentored course in an area with real opportunities for the future. Alongside core knowledge of modern biology, the Biotechnology degree provides tailored training in languages, business and communication skills. Students also complete individual projects in research laboratories on campus in their fourth year.
Minimum HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.
Next start date: September 2013
Entry points(2012): range 445 - 605
A Level Grades (2012): AAB (A-Level) & b (AS) or equivalent combination
Average intake: 22
- Biotechnology I
- Biotechnology concepts module
- Biotechnology skills module
- Language module in French or German
- Statistics and probability modules
- Introduction to bioinformatics module
- Biotechnology II
- Bioscience concepts and communication module
- Language module
- Biotechnology III
- Business planning module
- Language module
- Possibility of summer laboratory placement
- Individual laboratory research project
- Topical scientific literature review
- Biotechnology IV
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Applications of Biotechnology
Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies offer work in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of illnesses caused by microbes. Biotechnologists also find ready employment in rewarding jobs across the growing 'smart economy', including industries such as biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, health care, and the environment. Employment opportunities also exist in research and teaching. Biotechnology graduates are equipped with a strong range of capabilities and practical experience, including business and language skills, which complement their knowledge of biology. This also allows them to move into areas such as management and marketing where the biotech revolution continues to open doors.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €7,492
- Tuition: €5,018
- Student contribution: €2,250
- Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750
"Biotech has small classes so we get to know each other very quickly, and we also get to interact more with our lecturers. I like the variety of subjects, and having a language makes us stand out compared with other science graduates. The placement gives us a great opportunity for getting experience."