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Applied Biology - BSc

Course Code: LC260


Level

7

Duration

3 Years

Department

Applied Science


CAO Points

338

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

Applied Biology is a discipline that is currently at the forefront of scientific research and technological development and underpins a number of premier industries in Ireland and internationally. These include the Healthcare and Biopharmaceutical sectors, Food industries, Biotechnology, Bioanalytical and Diagnostics, and more.  

This programme allows you an opportunity to study the key areas in Applied Biology including Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Science, Biotechnology, Genetics, Bio-forensics, and Healthcare. You will also gain hands-on experience of state of the art laboratory techniques, merging both traditional and cutting-edge technologies in the life sciences.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English/Irish.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

Who can I contact?

View our Science CAO presentation and Q&A session

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Biology (Applied)

    Credits: 20

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    This module introduces students to the principles and concepts underlying how biological molecules and systems function and how they underpin the Applied Biosciences.


    Title: Chemistry

    Credits: 15

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the basic theory and laboratory practice of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.


    Title: Laboratory Practice

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this Module is to implement good Laboratory techniques with emphasis on Health and Safety and teach the learner to problem solve scientifically.


    Title: Mathematics for Biologists

    Credits: 10

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    This module is designed to provide the student with the necessary mathematical theories and problem-solving skills required in the domains of biological and analytical science.


    Title: Physics for Biologists

    Credits: 10

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    This physics module is designed to introduce students to the concepts in fundamental physics that are necessary to support other core modules and to provide a comprehensive grounding in physics that is relevant to biological processes, and relevant to instrumentation for bioanalysis.


  • Year 2

    Title: Analytical Techniques

    Credits: 15

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    This modules introduces the learner to basic principles of a range of analytical techniques.


    Title: Biochemistry

    Credits: 15

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    This module details the structure and biological functions of the major biomolecules and applies this in its examination of fundamental biochemical processes.


    Title: Cell Biology

    Credits: 5

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    This module provides an review of essential cell structures and cellular and molecular processes and how they are integrated into the development and function of the eukaryotic organism as a whole. It links fundamental aspects of the biochemistry and molecular biology of plant and animal cells to provide the student with a holistic interpretation of cell biology.


    Title: Concepts in Chemistry for Biologists

    Credits: 5

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    This module allows the student to appreciate the relevance and applicability of chemistry to the biosciences. By building on existing knowledge of the general chemistry course, the module allows the student to make linkages between these chemical fundamentals and the more applied aspects of biochemistry, microbiology and related topics.


    Title: Mathematics and Statistics for Quality Control

    Credits: 5

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    The learner is introduced to data handling & analysis, interpretation of results, probability and quality tools with further mathematical applications in science.


    Title: Microbiology

    Credits: 15

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    The aim of this module is to provide student with a basic understanding of fundamentals of Microbiology.


  • Year 3

    Title: Advanced Biochemistry with Industrial Applications

    Credits: 10

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    This module details advanced biochemical theories/principles and practical skills, with emphasis on their industrial applications. There will be a particular focus on protein biochemistry, given its critical significance in the growth area of biologics.


    Title: Applied Microbiology

    Credits: 10

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    This module builds on the basic practical microbiological skills acquired in Level 6 to provide the learner with the knowledge base and skill set relevant to employment in the pharmaceutical, analytical biologics and food sectors.


    Title: Bio-Analytical Techniques

    Credits: 10

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    This module will provide the student with a knowledge and understanding of Analytical Techniques as it applies to the bio-sciences. The student will gain laboratory expertise in key bio-analytical techniques.


    Title: Food Science & Technology

    Credits: 10

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    The learner will be able to understand and integrate the scientific disciplines relevant to food and extent their knowledge to meet the needs of society, industry and consumers for food quality, safety and analysis.


    Title: Research Project (Planning)

    Credits: 5

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    This non-laboratory based module enables the student to acquire and develop a range of personal and technical skills which are essential to the effective execution of a laboratory project. The module will encompass elements relevant to project task management and planning, literary information research and scientific writing, filing data, health and safety risk assessment, ethical considerations and presentation delivery.


    Title: Research Project (Practical)

    Credits: 10

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    This is a problem-based practical module which provides the student with the opportunity of tackling both a lab and a desk-based study in order to practice and develop their skills in the biological sciences.


    Title: Quality Assurance & Regulations

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the student to quality assurance & regulations within science based organisations.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates of the programme who meet the minimum criteria for progression may also progress to the one year add-on Level 8 Honours Degree in Bioanalysis & Biotechnology. 

What are the career prospects?

The programme offers you diverse employment opportunities in key growth areas within the Life Sciences. As a graduate in Applied Biology you will have excellent career prospects and employment opportunities in a range of sectors such as the Biotechnology, Food, Healthcare, Environmental, Bio-Pharmaceutical and more.  

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Who is the programme suited to?

This programme is designed for students who have a keen interest in Biology and who wish to pursue successful careers in the Life Sciences. You will have small class sizes, dedicated lecturers, and gain hands-on experience of state of the art technologies in Applied Biology.

 

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