Bachelor of Science (Honours) CW108

When you apply for Science you must select ONE of the following options: 

CEY - Common Entry
BPH - Biopharmaceuticals
BRD - Brewing and Distilling
ENV - Environmental Science

Applicants who select a specific degree option (i.e. CW108 BPH, BRD or ENV) are guaranteed a place on that programme subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided on choices should choose CW108 CEY (Common Entry). All applicants may change their selection up to the end of Year 1 and must confirm their specialism at that point.


Application Procedure

There is a new entry procedure for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree. Students now have the option to choose either a common entry option at CAO stage and choose a specialist area after Year 1 or can choose a specialist area at CAO stage.

What is this programme about?

This four-year honours degree programme equips students with a broad skill-base ensuring graduates will have a wide range of career options. The first year of this programme provides students with a foundation in science and subjects are common for all students. After Year 1, students separate in to their chosen specialist area from a choice of three areas:

  • Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals
  • Brewing & Distilling
  • Environmental Science

The programme offers a blend of academic and practical skill development and includes a six-week industrial work placement in Year 4.

Course options

Biopharmaceuticals (BPH)

This option equips students with a theoretical knowledge and practical laboratory skills and competencies demanded by the rapidly growing biopharmaceutical science and biotechnology industries. For more information on the BPH option click here »

Brewing and Distilling (BRD)

This option will equip graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies in brewing and distilling and enable them to make a contribution to this recognised growth industry. For more information on the BRD option click here »

Environmental Science (ENV)

The Environmental Science option provides the knowledge and skills to assess and manage environmental systems in a sustainable manner.  For more information on the ENV option click here »

Common Entry (CEY)

By choosing ‘CEY’ Common Entry applicants are applying for a place on the programme but postponing the decision as to which science speciality to opt for until the end of Year 1. This allows students time to explore the future career choices open to graduates in the different specialism streams. Expert guidance will be available from lecturing staff members in the Institute and ultimate choices can then be considered in light of academic performance across a range of science subject areas. 

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better.
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.

Subjects Required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. •  Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.

What subjects will I study?

Year 1
Mandatory Subjects

  • Fundamental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Laboratory Science
  • Current Concepts in Science

Special features of this programme

All students, regardless of the original option chosen, will be permitted to change their selection at the end of Year 1 and confirm their specialism for Year 2.

  • Exit Awards - Ordinary Bachelor Degree after Year 3 in Biopharmaceuticals (BPH) or Environmental Science (ENV).
  • Exit Award – Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

Contact Us

Programme Director/Work Placement Co-ordinator
Dr Gerard Murphy, BSc, PhD