Bachelor of Science Biosciences CW117

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW117
  • 18
  • 214
  • 3 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
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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 agents
  • Biopharmaceutical - medical drugs manufactured in living organisms such as bacteria, yeast and mammalian cells.

Years 1 and 2 provide students with a strong foundation in the biology and chemistry of living organisms. Year 3 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:

  • High level of practical work in every module.
  • Industry relevant course 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.
  • Research project requiring students to develop methods and procedures relevant to the workplace.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals, with many continuing to MSc or PhD level at Institute of Technology Carlow. There are also opportunities to progress to honours degree courses in other Irish or international higher education institutes.

What exemptions will I receive?




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

The Bioscience course has been designed to produce highly employable graduates for the bioscience, biotechnology, food and biopharmaceutical science industries. These sectors offer excellent and varied employment options for graduates at home and abroad including careers with research institutions, medical bodies, environmental 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.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5O6/H7

Subjects required:

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

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
James G. Nolan
BSc (Hons), MApplSc