BSc (Hons) in Biopharmaceutical Sciences / Environmental Bioscience

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Entry to this entry level 8 common science course allows you the opportunity to experience both areas before specialising in your preferred award option in year 3, namely biopharmaceutical science or environmental bioscience.

Program structure

Semester 1

  • Fundamental chemistry
  • Mathematics 1
  • Physics through PBL 1
  • Health and Safety and Academic Skills (Year Round)
  • Biology (all year)

Semester 2

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics 2
  • Physics through PBL 2
  • Health and Safety and Academic Skills (Year Round)
  • Biology (all year)

Semester 1

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Microbiology 1
  • Analytical Science
  • Biochemistry

Semester 2

  • Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical science
  • Emerging issues of environmental concern
  • Statistics and data analysis
  • Molecular Biology

Semester 1

  • Regulatory affairs and GMP compliance
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Immunology
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Pharmacopoeial characterization

Semester 2

  • Quality Management
  • Bioanalytical Science
  • Physiology and pharmacology
  • ElectivePharmaceutical Drug Design // Biopharmaceutical Therapeutics

Semester 1

  • Communication and environmental criticism
  • Plant Science
  • Aquatic Sciences
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Microbial ecology

Semester 2

  • Environmental biotechnology
  • (Habitat and Wildlife) Ecology
  • Project planning and design
  • ElectiveWorkplacements//Quality management

This module aims to make an important contribution to the supervisory aspects of food safety and hygiene. Supervisors with food safety and health and safety responsibilities must ensure that all staff operate in a safe, hygienic and efficient manner. The overall objectives of this module are to ensure that you are familiar with the key aspects of current legislation, good practice and health, safety and food safety issues.

Semester 1

  • Data handling and modeling
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Ethical and statistical project design
  • Environmental Bioscience Project 1

Semester 2

  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Environmental monitoring and GIS
  • Advanced environmental biotechnology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Soil and water management
  • Environmental Bioscience Thesis

Career options

Graduates have excellent career prospects and opportunities for further study. Graduates have employment opportunities in the following sectors:

  • Biopharmaceutical
  • Environmental
  • Biomedical
  • Pharmacist
  • Medical Devices
  • Health Care
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Food
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing, sales and consulting
  • Resource Management
  • Environmental Defense
  • Industry Environmental Manager
  • Private environmental and engineering consultancies
  • Local Government (Provincial Councils)
  • Agri-food industries
  • Water and waste management utilities
  • Government agencies (e.g., EPA, Inland Fisheries Ireland)
  • Non-governmental organisations (e.g. Irish Wildlife Trust)
  • Academic or industry-based research.

Course delivery

Years one and two of this Science course will focus on the fundamental sciences and include specific biopharmaceutical and environmental content, so you can choose your preferred career path. In years three and four, students will specialise in their preferred stream and gain one of 2 award options:

  • BSc (Hons) in Biopharmaceutical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) in Environmental Bioscience

The Science course is taught through a combination of lectures, practicals and tutorials. Practicals include laboratory work. This programme contains a high level of practical experience at all levels.

Admission requirements

For international students, a bachelor’s degree from the country of origin is required. The degree and grades must be officially translated into English.
Applicants will require a baccalaureate degree officially translated into English.
IELTS 6.0 or higher (or internationally recognised equivalent).

Who should apply

This course would be ideal for students who enjoy science subjects and problem solving.

The Environmental Bioscience stream would be suitable for:

  • Students interested in the natural world and how things work.
  • Students who wish to address current issues related to environmental and climate degradation.

The biopharmaceutical science stream would be suitable for:

  • Students who want to know how to develop, analyze and/or produce (new) drugs. This course provides a good understanding of the main scientific challenges in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

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