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Are you interested in life sciences and want to go deeper? Would you like to understand how living things function, evolve and function at the molecular level? Do you want to prepare for a future where molecular biology will be at the center of human activity? Then this course could be for you.
The B.Sc. In Industrial Biochemistry is a degree program in biotechnology. It focuses on the study of living cells (or components of living cells) and the medical / industrial applications of these substances. It is designed to prepare you for a career in the biotech and allied industries and has a very strong employment history.
Examples of traditional biotechnological processes include the use of microorganisms to produce alcohol or antibiotics. Examples of more modern biotechnological processes include the use of genetic engineering to produce protein-based drugs or “biopharmaceuticals” (eg, insulin or interferons), genetically modified plants that are resistant to drought or pesticides, or transgenic animals that display some new feature, like faster growth.
The core subjects studied include:
During the spring semester of year 3 and the summer thereafter, a period of Cooperative Education (student placement in industry) provides experience of the practice and application of industrial biochemistry in a work setting. This relevant industrial experience, gained at home or abroad, has proven to be particularly beneficial for students seeking employment in industry after completing their studies.
Applicants must possess at the time of enrolment the prescribed Certificate of Completion (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: two H5 (Higher Level) grades and four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language and English.
Additionally, applicants must have a minimum grade of O3 / H7 in math and a grade of H4 in any of the following: Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry.
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