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What is the Course about?

Bioscience is the branch of science concerned with living organisms and is the foundation of many other schools of scientific inquiry, including biopharmaceuticals, which refers to medical drugs manufactured in living organisms such as bacteria, yeast and mammalian cells.

This course will advance students' skills in bioanalysis, biotechnology, genetics, immunology, diagnostics, bioforensics and biopharmaceutical science. Skills will also be developed in sourcing and presenting scientific information in advance of the Year 4 research project.A 12-week work placement is an integral part of the course.

Course Structure

Years 1 and 2 provide students with a strong foundation in the biology and chemistry of living organisms. Years 3 and 4 provides more detailed and practical study of the production, monitoring and quality control of biologically-based processes and includes a practical industrial project. The course features extensive laboratory classes and varied project work.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in biological sciences, and want to study a course that has extensive hands-on laboratory work, leading to fantastic job opportunities in a growing industry, then our BSc (Hons) Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals is a great choice!

Special Features:

  • More than 50% of the course is dedicated to laboratory practical work, enabling students to gain essential laboratory skills.
  • Small groups for laboratory practicals.
  • Extensive industry-relevant project in Year 4.
  • Industry-based work placement.

Year 1

Module Name Semester
Fundamental Biology (M) Semester1
Chemistry 1 (M) Semester1
Laboratory Science (M) Semester1
Quantitative Methods 1 (M) Semester1
Physics 1 (M) Semester1
Animal and Human Biology (M) Semester2
Quantitative Methods 2 (M) Semester2
Chemistry 2 (M) Semester2
Current Concepts in Science (M) Semester2
Physics 2 (Physics for 1st science students semester 2) (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Module Name Semester
Fundamentals of Microbiology 1 (M) Semester1
Biochemistry Biomolecules (M) Semester1
Instrumentation (M) Semester1
Quantitative Methods and Quality Control 1 (M) Semester1
Molecular Biology 1: Informational macromolecules and Genetic Information (M) Semester1
Biochemistry Metabolism (M) Semester2
Quantitative Methods and Quality Control 2 (M) Semester2
Analytical Techniques Pharmaceutical Science (M) Semester2
Fundamentals of Microbiology 2 (M) Semester2
Molecular Biology 2 (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Module Name Semester
Food Microbiology (M) Semester1
Quality Management, Experimental Design and Data Analysis (M) Semester1
Biochemistry 1: Metabolism (M) Semester1
Manufacturing (M) Semester1
Molecular Biology and Immunology 1 (M) Semester1
Bioscience Project and Workplace Planning (M) Semester2
Microbial Cell Factory (M) Semester2
Biochemistry 2 (M) Semester2
Molecular Biology and Immunology 2 (M) Semester2
Spectroscopy for Biosciences (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 4

Module Name Semester
Industrial Bioprocessing (M) Semester1
Pharmaceutical Science (M) Semester1
Environmental Health and Safety (M) Semester1
Molecular Genetics and Immunology 1 (M) Semester1
Bioforensics (M) Semester2
Current Trends in Biopharmaceutical Technology (M) Semester2
Molecular Genetics and Immunology 2 (M) Semester2
Research Project in Bioscience/Biopharmaceuticals (M) Semester2
Work Placement Bioscience/Biopharmaceuticals (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Many graduates undertake postgraduate opportunities at SETU Carlow and other national and international institutions.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

The four-year Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals course is designed to produce highly employable
graduates for the bioscience, biotechnology, biopharmaceutical science and food science industries. These sectors are rapidly evolving and offer excellent and varied employment options in quality control, quality assurance, technical, supervisory or management areas.