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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:
4 Years

Course leader:
Prof. Sean Arkins
Email: Tel:
061 213 101

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus


About You

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      
BC4905 Genetic Engineering      
  Elective 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 O3/H7 in Mathematics and a Grade H4 in any one of the following: Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, 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.

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.

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.