Biochemistry

College of Science,
School of Natural Sciences

Course overview

Research activity within the discipline of biochemistry involves some sixty postgraduate students and thirty postdoctoral researchers from all over the world. Research is carried out in the following main areas:


Cell Stress and Cell Death
Researchers in this area examine what signals arise within the cell during stress and how different stresses can cause death in certain cell types, particularly in neurons and in heart muscle cells.


Chromosome Biology
The ten research groups in this area are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying chromosome replication, segregation, repair, and transcription. These processes are fundamental to genetics and have important implications for cancer and other diseases.


Developmental Biology
Particular interests lie in the control of gene expression during development using the zebrafish model. Other work looks at how blood cells develop from stem cells.


Molecular Biotechnology
Research in this area focuses on the industrial application of enzymes and other biomolecules from fungi.



Research areas



  • Cancer biology 

  • Cell cycle 

  • Cell death mechanisms 

  • Cellular stress responses 

  • Chromosome biology 

  • DNA damage responses 

  • Mutagenesis 

  • Developmental mechanisms 

  • Enzymology 

  • Epigenetics 

  • Gene expression 

  • Glycobiology 

  • Neurobiology

Programmes available

MSc, full-time
MSc, part-time

Entry requirements

Candidates for the degree of PhD or MSc by research must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 [or equivalent international qualification] for an MSc) at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

PAC code

MSc (full-time) GYT07
MSc (part-time) GYT08

Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of student levy

Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

Full time EU Fee €4,529 p.a.

Part time EU Fee €2,915 p.a.

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