Bachelor of Science Biosciences CW117

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW117
  • 18
  • 235
  • 3 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
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What is the Course about?

Bioscience is the branch of science concerned with living organisms, from microorganisms to towering trees and gigantic whales. Bioscience is the foundation of many other schools of scientific inquiry, including Bioforensics – the study of traces of biological agent and Biopharmaceutical medical drugs manufactured in living organisms such as bacteria, yeast and mammalian cells.

The first two years of this three-year programme will provide students with a strong foundation in the biology and chemistry of living organisms including: biology, chemistry, laboratory science, physics, quantitative methods, forensics, pharmaceutical and environmental science, biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology.  Year three provides more detailed and practical study of the production; monitoring and quality control of biologically based industrial processes and includes a practical industrial project.

Special Features:

  • Strong practical modules. 
  • Industry relevant programme with graduates achieving high employment levels in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Environmental and Food and Beverage industries.
  • Exit award: Higher Certificate in Science - Applied Biology (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.
  • Workplace industrial project requiring students to design, develop and analyse a science based project.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Many opportunities are available for progression to Honours degree in Ireland or internationally. Graduates are also eligible to progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) with many continuing to MSc or PhD level at IT Carlow or elsewhere.

What exemptions will I receive?

Graduates will be considered for membership of the Institute of Food Science and Technology of Ireland, Institute of Biology of Ireland or the Irish Society of Biochemistry.



What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

The Bioscience programme has been designed to produce highly employable graduates for the Bioscience, Biotechnology, food and Biopharmaceutical Science industries. These sectors are rapidly evolving and offer excellent and varied employment options for graduates at home and abroad including: careers with research institutions, medical bodies, environmental agencies, government agencies or pharmaceutical companies. 

Graduates with a BSc in Biosciences will be able to work in quality control, quality assurance, technical, supervisory or management areas of the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, environmental or biotechnological industries.

Alternatively, students may continue to Honours Degree level at IT Carlow.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

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. 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
James G. Nolan, BSc, MSc