BSc in Biochemistry

BSc honours degree in Biochemistry

BSc honours degree in Biochemistry

BSc honours degree in Biochemistry

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.


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:


2021 CK402 BSc (Hons) Biochemistry UCC brochure (12,739kB).

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.

School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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University College Cork, Western Road, Cork.