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Are you interested in Science? Are you interested in the ways which a body protects itself against infection? How microbes impact both positively and negatively on health? Would you like to find out more about the internal workings of cells – how they are built, communicate and divide? Are you interested in using this knowledge to develop new strategies for new medicines? If so, the Biosciences degree at UL might be for you.
Why study Bioscience at UL?
The Bioscience degree merges studies of cell biology, molecular biology, and immunology with a focus on molecular medicine. Ireland is one of the leading international locations for the Life Science industry, which spans biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices and biotechnology and the degree is designed to align with these areas. The course includes specialist guest lectures by members of the external BioPharma community giving the students a state-of-the-art insight into this exciting field.
Entry route to this Bioscience degree at UL is via LM123 Biological and Chemical Sciences Common Entry.
What you will study
Having studied a broad common first semester, students will undertake specific modules in the area of chemistry, biology, maths and physics. Subsequently, the Bioscience programme will provide you with a strong foundation in the understanding of biochemical systems and microbial technology. With tailored contributions from industry speakers, the degree specific modules will instruct students on host-microbe interactions, immunobiology, new therapeutic approaches, cell biology & cancer, and advance molecular biology – ‘omics’ & bioinformatics.
Core modules include:
Microbiology and immunology – an introduction to the components of microorganisms and the host immune systems and how they interact
Cell communication and regulation - covers basic cell structure, the principles of the cell cycle and cell division, the control of living processes by genetic mechanisms, and cell communication systems
Cell and molecular biology of the immune system - examines the principles of self and non-self-recognition and how these mechanisms are involved in immunity and how aberrant self- regulation contributes to allergy and autoimmunity
Current trends in biotechnology and regenerative medicine – presents concepts such as ‘cell-on-a-chip’ technologies, tissue regeneration, new medicines, and new molecular analysis techniques.
Pharmacology and drug development – presents the biology behind drug target choice, drug screening techniques and the different classes of drugs, including protein based drugs.
Cancer mechanisms, therapeutics and molecular medicine – examines cell cycle controls in relation to cancer biology, and use of modern molecular technologies in targeting cancer and other diseases.
Advanced cell and molecular biology – examines cellular structures (organelles, cytoskeleton, molecular motors), key cellular processes (trafficking, motility, apoptosis), systems biology of organisms and extracting meaningful data from large data sets
Host microbe interactions – presents the key strategies microbes use to establish both beneficial and non-beneficial interactions with the host and the impact of these on health.
The course includes significant laboratory based training and an independent research project. In addition the student will be placed in industry for eight months, giving real-world experience and an introduction to the BioPharma/industrial community.
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2||Summer|
|CH4701||General Chemistry 1||BY4102||Biology for Biosciences|
|BY4001||Biology 1||CH4102||Organic Chemistry 1|
|MA4601||Science Mathematics 1||PH4142||introduction to Physics|
|CH4021||Laboratory Calculations||MA4602||Science Mathematics 2|
|ER4011||Introduction to Environmental & Biosciences||CH4031||General Chemistry 2 (Inorganic)|
|CH4051||Introduction to Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry||CH4041||General Chemistry 2 (Physical)|
|CS4131||Introduction to Scientific Computations|
|Year 2||Semester 3||Semester 4||Summer|
|BY4013||General Microbiology||BY4008||Genetics and Molecular Biology|
|BY4015||Plant Physiology||BY4014||Microbiology and Immunology|
|BY4035||Cellular Biology and Biochemistry||BY4214||Principles of Human Nutrition|
|BY4204||Principles of Human Physiology||BC4904||Proteins and DNA|
|LS4003||Introductory Anatomy and Physiology||Elective 1|
|Year 3||Semester 5||Semester 6||Summer|
|BY4075||Cell Communication and Regulation||CO4320||Cooperative Education||Cooperative Education|
|BY4085||Cell and Molecular Biology of the Immune System|
|BC4825||Microbial Technology 2|
|Year 4||Semester 7||Semester 8||Summer|
|BY4027||Current Trends in Biotechnology and Regenerative Medicine||BY4038||Cancer Mechanisms|
|BY4037||Pharmacology and Drug Development||BY4048||Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology|
|BC4957||Bioinformatics||BY4058||Host Microbe Interactions|
|ER4708||Biometrics||BC4008||Immuno and DNA Diagnostic Techniques|
|BY4097||Bioscience Final Year Project 1||BY4098||Bioscience Final Year Project 2|
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and a Grade O6/ H7 in any one of the following: Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Physics with Chemistry, Technology, Design and Communication Graphics/Technical Drawing.
OR grade O3/H7 in Mathematics and grade H4 in one of the following: Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry.
A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.
We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
Bioscience is extremely important to Ireland’s economy and its future growth. Graduates of the programme will be well positioned to gain employment in Ireland’s rapidly growing high tech Life Science industry.
The degree would provide an excellent foundation for students considering application to graduate entry medical school or to a post- graduate career in Bioscience/Life Sciences area.