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Biotechnology is the application of biology for the benefit of humanity and the environment. It harnesses living 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. Modern technologies such as genetic engineering make biotechnology a major part of Ireland’s economic future in biopharmaceuticals, biomedicine, agriculture, the food industry and the environment.
Our BSc Biotechnology is a science-focused and closely mentored course with strong career opportunities and an international outlook. Alongside core knowledge of modern biology, the BSc Biotechnology degree provides tailored training in communications, business and languages skills. Students complete individual projects in research laboratories on campus in their fourth year, and have the opportunity to undertake placements in industry in Ireland, or research laboratories across Europe.
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Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, and another Language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Computer Science or Agricultural Science), and 02/H6 in another language and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.
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A Level Grades (2020)
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The BSc Biotechnology combines a strong foundation in science with a broad awareness of how this can be applied and skills to translate this knowledge.
In first year students study core biology, chemistry and maths principles alongside unique biotechnology and language modules with an emphasis on practical activities.
In second year students study molecular cell biology, microbiology and chemistry while continuing to develop their biotechnology and language skills.
In third year students continue with molecular cell biology and microbiology plus pharmacology and their language. In semester 2 there is an opportunity for a 3-6 month placement in Irish industry or a research laboratory in continental Europe. An on-campus alternative course emphasising genetics and biochemistry is also available.
In final year students take modules in biochemistry, a business course including business development project, as well as completing semester-long individually mentored literature review and research project.
Biotechnology graduates who want to further strengthen their knowledge frequently pursue advanced Masters training at universities in Ireland and UK, in areas including biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, genomics and environmental science.
Graduates also opt for more diverse postgraduate options such as medicine, dietetics, physiology, teaching or commerce, or choose to and to study for a Masters in continental Europe.
Graduates with strong results in our programme regularly progress to PhD programmes in NUI Galway, other Irish universities, and prestigious locations such as University of Cambridge and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Their research topics range from basic biochemistry and molecular cell biology to biomedicine and applications of biotechnology.
Why Choose This Course?
Our graduates are equipped with a wide range of capabilities and practical experience, including business and language skills to complement their knowledge of biology.
Biotechnologists find rewarding careers across Ireland’s ‘smart economy’ including biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, healthcare, and the environment, as well as in academic and industry research. Their science knowledge and skills also opens doors to areas such as management, education, medicine and marketing.
Biotechnology students on placement in Amsterdam
The combination of international placements, language training and rubbing shoulders with international classmates means Biotechnology graduates have a unique international perspective and set of skills on their CV.
Focus on Skills and Mentoring
The BSc Biotechnology course emphasises activities and experiences that allow students to apply knowledge and develop skills throughout their degree.
Our programme prides itself in being one of NUI Galway’s best mentored, with individual support and attention given to every students from first year orientation to graduation day.
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
EU Fees 2020/21:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - 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.
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Dr Stephen Rea
BSc Biotechnology Programme Director
School of Natural Sciences
International students are warmly invited to apply, and we welcome students to Biotechnology each year from USA, Asia, Europe and beyond.
What our Students Say
Eileen Reidy | BSc (Biotechnology)
"A special feature of the course was the research and industry-based placements during 3rd year. Alongside the opportunity to learn a language and carry out a business module, this gave us a unique CV that stood out from other science graduates.
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.