Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals CW108 BPH

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW108 BPH
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  • 4 Years
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What is this Course about?

Bioscience is the branch of science concerned with living organisms and is the foundation of many other schools of scientific inquiry, including biopharmaceuticals, which refers to medical drugs manufactured in living organisms such as bacteria, yeast and mammalian cells.

This course will advance students’ skills in bioanalysis, biotechnology, genetics, immunology, diagnostics, bioforensics and biopharmaceutical science. Skills will also be developed in sourcing and presenting scientific information in advance of the Year 4 research project. A 12-week work placement is an integral part of the course.

Course Structure

Years 1 and 2 provide students with a strong foundation in the biology and chemistry of living organisms. Years 3 and 4 provides more detailed and practical study of the production, monitoring and quality control of biologically-based processes and includes a practical industrial project. The course features extensive laboratory classes and varied project work.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in biological sciences, and want to study a course that has extensive hands-on laboratory work, leading to fantastic job opportunities in a growing industry, then our BSc (Hons) Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals is a great choice!

Special Features:

  • More than 50% of the course is dedicated to laboratory practical work, enabling students to gain essential laboratory skills.
  • Small groups for laboratory practicals.
  • Extensive industry-relevant project in Year 4.
  • Industry-based work placement.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Many graduates undertake postgraduate opportunities at Institute of Technology Carlow and other national and international institutions.

What exemptions will I receive?




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

The four-year Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals course is designed to produce highly employable
graduates for the bioscience, biotechnology, biopharmaceutical science and food science industries. These sectors are rapidly evolving and offer excellent and varied employment options in quality control, quality assurance, technical, supervisory or management areas.


What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at O6/H7
  • Mathematics at O6/H7


Year 1 (Level 7 & 8)

Semester 1

Fundamental Biology
Chemistry 1
Physics 1
Laboratory Science
Quantitative Methods 1

Semester 2

Animal and Plant Biology
Chemistry 2
Physics 2
Quantitative Methods 2
Current Concepts in Science

Year 2 (Level 7 & 8)

Semester 3

Molecular Biology 1
Fundamentals of Microbiology 1
Biochemistry: Biomolecules
Quantitative Methods and Quality Control 1

Semester 4

Molecular Biology 2
Fundamentals of Microbiology 2
Biochemistry: Metabolism
Analytical Techniques/Pharmaceutical Science
Quantitative Methods and Quality Control 2

Year 3 (Level 7 & 8)

Semester 5

Molecular Biology/Immunology 1
Biochemistry 1
Manufacturing Technology
Food Microbiology
Quality Management, Experimental Design and Data Analysis

Semester 6

Molecular Biology/Immunology 2
Biochemistry 2
Microbial Cell Factory
Spectroscopy for Bioscience
Workplace Planning/Bioscience Project

Year 4 (Level 8 only)

Semester 7

Molecular Genetics and Immunology 1
Pharmaceutical Science
Industrial Bioprocessing
Environmental Occupational Health and Safety

Semester 8

Molecular Genetics and Immunology 2
Current Trends in Biopharmaceutical Technology
Research Project
Work Placement

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr Anne Marie Enright
BSc, PhD, PG Cert