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Biomolecular Science - MSc (Online)

Course Details


Available: Part- Time Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year FT, 2 Years PT

Award: Postgraduate

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr. Jakki Cooney
Faculty of Science and Engineering
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Brief Description

The MSc in Biomolecular Science will provide advanced knowledge in an area which underpins the Life Sciences and Biotechnology sectors.  The course will focus on topics in molecular and cell biology and the impact of cellular dysfunctions in disease.  The course will also encompass analysis of complex biological data (data analytics), advanced characterisation techniques, regulatory affairs and biophysics.

The programme is delivered on line.

The aim of the programme is to:

  • To provide students with a fundamental knowledge of  molecular and cell biology; including advanced characterisation, data analytics and biophysics. 
  • For students to gain knowledge of the latest developments in this discipline, and learn new methods for analysing complex biological data. 
  • To improve students knowledge of regulatory affairs and safety in bio-industry, and immerse them into new research methodologies, report writing techniques and their application to discipline and industry focused projects

Students graduating from this program can expect roles in careers such as cell biology,  microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, diagnostics, basic research, biopharma, regulatory affairs, quality assurance/control, scientific editing/writing, lab technician, and more

Full- Time Variant

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Cancer and Precision Medicine
  • Project
  • Biopharmaceuticals: From Concept to Product
  • Neurological and Inflammatory Diseases
  • Advanced Biophysical Characterisation Techniques
  • Nutraceuticals and Disease
  • Predictive Biomolecular Modelling Tools
  • Scientific Communication & Literature Review
  • Experimental Design and Research Methodology
  • Regulatory Affairs in Biopharma

Part-Time Variant

Year 1 – Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Nutraceuticals and Disease
  • Advanced Biophysical Characterisations Techniques
  • Scientific Communication & Literature Reveiw
  • Regulatory Affairs in Biopharma
Year 2 – Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • Biopharmaceuticals: From Concept to Product
  • Cancer & Precision Medicine
  • Project
  • Predictive Biomolecular Modelling Tools
  • Neurological & Inflammatory Diseases
  • Experimental Design & Research Methodology

Applicants should normally have a primary degree (Level 8 - NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) with a minimum second class hons, in a relevant branch of science or engineering (e.g., Bioscience, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Bioengineering). 
Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered under the University of Limerick Recognition of Prior Learning policy.


  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


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