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Bachelor of Science in Bioscience

Bachelor of Science in Bioscience
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Biological and Chemical Sciences (Common Entry) - LM123

Course code:
LM123
Duration:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr Elizabeth Ryan
Email: Tel:
00 353 (0)61 202880
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus
 
 

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.

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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.

  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      
  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  
LS4003 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology BC4904 Proteins and DNA  
  Elective   Elective   
  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      
BC4905 Genetic Engineering      
BY4031 Integrative Physiology      
  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

Entry requirements

CAO points history
Minimum grades

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.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade O3/H7 in Mathematics and a Grade H4 in any one of the following: Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry.

Additional considerations

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.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€16,465

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Roibeárd Thornton Memorial - Janssen Biologics Scholarship
€2,500
1

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Career Prospects

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 or pursue further study in fields such as molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology or immunology. 

Follow-On Study

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.