Welcome to the Discipline of Biochemistry

Dr. Michael Carty, Head of Biochemistry

‌Welcome to NUI Galway’s Discipline of Biochemistry. We are committed to continuing our Discipline’s rich tradition of teaching, research and innovation in Biochemistry. Our Discipline was established 50 years ago and is one of the most active in Ireland. Our mission is to provide excellence in teaching and learning and in our research.

Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level and we are actively involved in internationally leading research. You may explore our Research to learn more about the exciting research that is taking place in the Discipline, in solving problems in areas such as cellular stress and cancer, genetic variation and risk of disease and DNA damage responses.

We have a strong track record over many years of producing graduates who are highly valued by employers from all sectors.  Our Biochemistry programmes from Bachelor to PhD level are internationally recognised and we offer a unique MSc in Cancer Research. Importantly, NUI Galway is ranked in the top 250 in the area of Biological Sciences in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

We invite you to learn more about our Discipline and its programmes through this website, or by contacting our staff members directly. We welcome contact from prospective students, research collaborators and industry partners.

                                                                    What is Biochemistry?

We now know the order of the three billion letters of genetic code that make up the human genome. But what do they mean? By solving one question, we have created thousands of new ones. Biochemists seek to unravel the answers.

Biochemistry is the study of the fundamental processes of life at the cellular level. Biochemistry may not give you the answers to the meaning of life, but it can tell you how life works. As a biochemist, you will study the chemical processes that occur within the cells of living organisms. You could use your knowledge of cellular processes and molecular inheritance to combat disease, engineer pest-resistant crops, or develop microorganisms to clean up oil spills. From understanding diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, to revolutionising forensics through the development of DNA-fingerprinting, biochemistry sits at the heart of modern bioscience in society. 

If you are interested in the biological sciences, have an enquiring mind, and want to understand living processes at a molecular level, then Biochemistry could be the course for you. 

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Contact Information


School of Natural Sciences

National University of Ireland,
Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0)91 492420
E-mail: biochemistry@nuigalway.ie