Bachelor of Science (Honours) Common Entry (CEY) CW108

When you apply for Science you must select ONE of the following options: CEY, BPH, BRD, PDF

CEY - Common Entry
BPH - Biopharmaceuticals
BRD - Brewing and Distilling
PDF - Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation

Applicants who select a specific degree option (i.e. CW108 BPH, BRD or PDF) 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 course about?

This course equips students with a broad skill-base ensuring graduates will have a wide range of career options. The first year of this course 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
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation 

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

Course options

Common Entry (CEY)

By choosing ‘CEY’ Common Entry applicants are applying for a place on the course 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.

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 »

Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation (PDF)

The Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation option is a new option commencing September 2019. Students will become familiar with a range of analytical techniques including identification, validation, optimisation of small molecules and the importance of pharmacodynamics.  For more information on the PDF option click here »

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 course

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 Pharmacutics and Drug Formulation (PDF).
  • Exit Award – Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

Contact Us

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

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