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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.

Course Structure

Years 1 and 2 provide students with a strong foundation in the biology and chemistry of living organisms. Year 3 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 this course 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

Year 1

Module Name Semester
Chemistry 1 (M) Semester1
Fundamental Biology (M) Semester1
Laboratory Science (M) Semester1
Physics 1 (M) Semester1
Quantitative Methods 1 (M) Semester1
Quantitative Methods 2 (M) Semester2
Animal and Human Biology (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
Molecular Biology 1: Informational macromolecules and Genetic Information (M) Semester1
Quantitative Methods and Quality Control 1 (M) Semester1
Quantitative Methods and Quality Control 2 (M) Semester2
Analytical Techniques Pharmaceutical Science (M) Semester2
Biochemistry Metabolism (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
Biochemistry 1: Metabolism (M) Semester1
Bioscience Project and Workplace Planning (M) Semester1
Food Microbiology (M) Semester1
Manufacturing (M) Semester1
Molecular Biology and Immunology 1 (M) Semester1
Quality Management, Experimental Design and Data Analysis (M) Semester1
Biochemistry 2 (M) Semester2
Microbial Cell Factory (M) Semester2
Molecular Biology and Immunology 2 (M) Semester2
Spectroscopy for Biosciences (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 5O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals at SETU Carlow. There are also opportunities to progress to honours degree courses in other Irish or international higher education institutes.

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

This 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.


Course Leader

Dr Rosemary O'Hara

Lecturer -

Call: +353599175517

Email: [email protected]