Undergraduate Programmes

Undergraduate Programmes

What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry arose from other disciplines including organic chemistry, microbiology and physiology in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and has made enormous contributions to life-science research, regularly featuring in Nobel Prize lists for Medicine, Physiology and Chemistry. Biochemistry is concerned with structures and processes at the cellular and subcellular levels, and in essence, addresses how cells solve the problems of life at the molecular level.

Postgraduate students using pipetman in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

The BSc honours degree in Biochemistry

This is a four year BSc honours degree outlet from the CAO entry stream, CK402. The degree focuses on training students in the molecular aspects of Biology through lectures, laboratory practical classes and research projects on the chemical components of living cells and the processes they use to solve the problems of life. Our teaching is informed by our high level of engagement in cutting-edge research and includes aspects of biomolecular and cellular structure, molecular genetics, control of cellular processes, bioinformatics, toxicology and cell signalling.

The early years of the programme focus on introduction to the discipline and a review of biomolecules and key biological processes such as cell metabolism, genetics and molecular biology.  In third and fourth year Biochemistry, more advanced modules are covered which give a deeper understanding of the fundamentals covered in first and second year.  These advanced modules also include the application of this knowledge in fields such as biotechnology, cancer, neuroscience, environmental toxicology, cell signalling and bioinformatics. A library project is undertaken in third year Biochemistry, which trains students in the fundamentals of literature searching and scientific writing. A novel research project forms a significant part of the fourth year Biochemistry degree programme which is designed to train students in laboratory-based research.

For further details, please see the Admissions' Office information for the BSc honours degree in Biochemistry programme and the College Calendar entry.

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2017-BSc Biochemistry Brochure CK402 (218kB).

Careers in Biochemistry

Some of our graduates go immediately into employment in fields such as biotechnology, scientific sales, the biopharma, food and chemical industries. Approximately 50% take a higher degree such as Masters and PhD which qualifies them for more senior industrial employment or research careers. Some students go on to study Medicine by Graduate Entry in Ireland or overseas.

What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Science is the term used for the investigations carried out by Biomedical Scientists on samples of tissue and body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients. Biomedical Scientists work in partnership with doctors and other health healthcare professionals in investigating samples of tissue and body fluids in order to diagnose disease and monitor patient treatments. Biomedical Science is a continually changing dynamic profession and involves study of the diverse areas of medical science including Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology and Transfusion Science. It provides training in cutting edge technologies to facilitate investigation of disease and medical research.

BSc honours degree in Biomedical Science

Biomedical Sciences include education and training in areas such as Haematology and Transfusion Science, Clinical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology and Cellular Pathology and prepare the student for a career in laboratory medicine and related areas in the health-care industry and biopharmaceutical industry. The degree is offered jointly by University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology. There are thirty places available on the honours degree course in Biomedical Science and entry is via the CAO, entry code CR320. 

The degree course, in conjunction with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Laboratory Practice, is accredited by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences (AMLS), which enables graduates to work as Biomedical Scientists in hospitals in Ireland. The degree course is also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), which allows students to work as Biomedical Scientists in countries such as UK, Canada and Australia.

For further details, please see the Admissions' Office information for the BSc honours degree in Biomedical Science programme and the College Calendar entry.

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2017 BSc Biomedical Science brochure CR320 (769kB).

Careers in Biomedical Science

Most graduates work in hospital laboratories but some also work in the biopharma and allied industries or go on to pursue graduate courses such as taught Masters and PhDs.

Postgrad student putting slide onto microscope stage, also see nosepiece and objectives

What is Genetics?

Genetics is the branch of Biology that deals with inheritance of traits and attributes such as height and eye-colour. We physically resemble our biological parents or siblings because we share a common genetic heritage.  The physical agents of transmission through inheritance are called genes. The BSc Genetics teaches you to understand how genes work in individuals and populations. This knowledge is fundamental to all areas of biological study, as genes carry the information which largely determines what we are and how we function in the environment. In this course, there is particular emphasis on the molecular basis of genetics, but all facets are covered throughout the degree and all graduates have a strong foundation in modern genetics.

The BSc honours degree in Genetics

This is a four year BSc (Hons) degree outlet from the CK405 CAO entry stream, taught jointly with the School of Microbiology. Year 1 is focused on foundation knowledge for Genetics and includes a module dedicated to Principles and Methods in Genetics - how genes work in individuals and populations, and how cutting-edge programmes such as the Human Genome Project revolutionising the way we tackle biological questions. Year 2 is designed to provide fundamental background knowledge in preparation for the specialisation in Genetics in years 3 and 4. Year 4 also includes a three-month project in the laboratory, during which time you receive training in the use of genetic approaches to solve a contemporary question or problem in biology. These projects are based in the departments that contribute to the Genetics course.

 

For further details, please see the Admissions' Office information for the BSc honours degree in Genetics programme and the College Calendar entry.

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2017 BSc Genetics brochure CK405 (194kB).

Careers in Genetics

Most graduates work in the biopharma and allied industries or go on to pursue graduate courses such as taught Masters and PhDs. 

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