Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

College of Science

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Biotechnology

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What our students say
Studying Biotechnology

Course overview

Biotechnology is the application of biology for the benefit of humanity and the environment. It harnesses organisms to provide foods and medicines, and for tasks such as cleaning toxic waste or detecting harmful substances. Biotechnology has roots in food and agriculture, using yeast to make beer and bread, and lactic acid bacteria to make cheese. New technologies such as genetic engineering have enabled modern biotechnology to become an important part of the ‘smart economy’ in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, the food industry and the environment.

This programme provides a focused and closely mentored course in an area with real opportunities for the future. Alongside core knowledge of modern biology, the Biotechnology degree provides tailored training in languages, business and communication skills. Students also complete individual projects in research laboratories on campus in their fourth year.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 465 - 590

A Level Grades (2013): AAA (A-Level) & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 28

Course outline

Year 1

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biotechnology concepts and skills
  • Statistics and probability
  • Language (French or German)

Year 2

  • Biotechnology skills module
  • Biochemistry
    • Molecular and cellular biology
    • Protein structure and function
    • Gene technology and molecular medicine
    • Metabolism and cell signalling
  • Microbiology
    • Microbes and the environment
    • Microbiology lab skills
  • Chemistry
    • Analytical and environmental chemistry
    • Organic chemistry
    • Physical chemistry
  • Language (French or German)

Year 3

  • Biotechnology skills module
  • Biochemistry
    • Cell biology
    • Molecular biology
    • Protein biochemistry
  • Microbiology
    • Food and industrial microbiology
    • Immunology and recombinant techniques
    • Microbial metabolic and molecular systems
  • Placement option
    • Placement project
  • On-campus option
    • Pharmacology concepts
    • Agribiosciences for sustainable global development
    • Human molecular genetics
    • Elective module from Biochemistry or Microbiology
  • Language (French or German)

Year 4

  • Individual laboratory research project
  • Topical scientific literature review
  • Biochemistry
    • Biomolecules
    • Molecular and cellular biology
    • Modern biotechnologies
    • Principles and experimental design
  • Microbiology
    • Bioprocessing and recombinant proteins
  • Introduction to Business

Further education

Biotechnology graduates frequently pursue advanced training and research in PhD, Masters and Graduate Diploma programmes at universities in Ireland and abroad, spanning areas as diverse as biochemistry, pharmacology, environmental science and immunology.

Find out more

The College of Science

T 353 91 495 482
E biotechnology@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/biotechnology

CAO code

GY304

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €4,518 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Fees:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Josh Taylor

BSc (Biotechnology)

"Biotech has small classes so we get to know each other very quickly, and we also get to interact more with our lecturers.  I like the variety of subjects, and having a language makes us stand out compared with other science graduates.  The placement gives us a great opportunity for getting experience."

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