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BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology with Biopharmaceutical Science

Course Code: LC362


Level

08

Duration

4 years

Department

Applied Science


CAO Points

379

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This Honours degree in Biotechnology with an emphasis on Biopharmaceutical Science is designed to meet the growing demand of the Life Sciences and Biopharmaceutical sectors. The highly skilled graduates of this course may go on to have careers in Biopharma Manufacturing, Process Science, Quality Control and Research and Development in a range of Bio- Industries. 

 

 

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish and a minimum of an O4 in Mathematics. 

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.

 

What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Mathematics for Biologists

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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: Biology (Applied)

    Credits: 20 Credits

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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 Credits

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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: 05 Credits

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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: Physics for Biologists

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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 Credits

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


    Title: Biochemistry

    Credits: 15 Credits

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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: 05 Credits

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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: Microbiology

    Credits: 15 Credits

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


    Title: Concepts in Chemistry for Biologists

    Credits: 05 Credits

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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: Maths and Statistics for Quality Control

    Credits: 05 Credits

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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.


  • Year 3

    Title: Food Science and Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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: Advanced Biochemistry with Industrial Applications

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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: Bio-Analytical Techniques

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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: Quality Assurance & Regulations

    Credits: 05 Credits

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


    Title: Applied Microbiology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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: Research Project (Planning)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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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 Credits

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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: Work Placement

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    This module involves the learner taking a six month work placement with an LIT approved Industrial partner.

    The learner will gain valuable work experience in the Food, Bioprocessing, Biotechnology, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Forensic or Analytical sector.

    Learners are tasked with the responsibility of searching for and securing a suitable work placement with the support and approval of the work placement coordinator.

     


  • Year 4

    Title: Biomolecular Techniques

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will allow students gain a detailed knowledge of scientific and technological advances in biomolecular techniques, with a particular focus on molecular biology and protein chemistry/proteomics. Particular focus will be given to how these techniques underpin developments in bioanalysis and biotechnology and associated industrial and commercial sectors.


    Title: Bioanalytical Method Validation

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will allow students gain a detailed knowledge of method validation, with a particular focus on bioanalytical methods. In additional students will gain a practical knowledge of method validation by participating in a group based validation project.


    Title: Mammalian cell culture

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module aims to equip students with the practical skills to culture and manipulate mammalian cells as well as studying the theory of mammalian cell culture and the properties and behaviour of the cells at the molecular level.


    Title: Data Analytics

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide the learner with knowledge and practical application of statistical concepts for data driven analytic methods.


    Title: Project Management and Research

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This non‑laboratory based module allows the student build-on and develop their project management, scientific writing and critical evaluation skills in order to comprehensively review the literature available in their chosen project area and produce a written literature review.

     


    Title: Bioanalysis

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The sucessful learner will have an in depth knowledge of Advanced Bioanalytical Techniques and their applications to the Biological Sciences.


    Title: Biotechnology

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will allow students gain a detailed knowledge of the scientific and technological advances in cell biology and bioprocessing, functional genomics and biotechnology and how these topics underpin production of recombinant biopharmaceuticals.


    Title: Bioprocessing

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module aims to equip students with an in-depth understanding of the key theoretical and process design concepts relating to the production and properties of biomolecules of industrial importance using microbial and mammalian cells.


    Title: Quality Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide the learner with knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques employed in quality managment.


    Title: Research Project

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    In this module the student will conduct a major project and prepare a dissertation. During this the student will use their practical skills in a research context to conduct an investigation in a chosen specialist area in a competent, organised manner, critically evaluate results and deliver them in a presentation and interview and in a clear, concise thesis.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates are eligible to apply for the Masters in Education (formerly H. Dip.) and pursue a career in Science/Biology teaching in second level schools. Graduates may also pursue Masters or Ph.D. programmes in Biology-related disciplines in Ireland or abroad.

What are the career prospects?

Employment and career opportunities are available in key growth areas including the Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical, Bioanalytical and Healthcare sectors. Typical jobs include: Process Scientist; Bioanalyst; Biotechnologist; Production Specialist; Microbiologist; Molecular Biologist.