What is Biochemistry?
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.
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.
Entry to BSc in Biochemistry at UCC
Entry to Biochemistry is via Biological and Chemical Sciences CAO code CK402. The points required to enter CK402 vary each year and can be viewed on the Central Application Office (CAO) website.
The Central Applications Office processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Decisions on admissions to undergraduate courses are made by the HEIs who instruct CAO to make offers to successful candidates.
There are approximately 200 places on Biological and Chemical Sciences.
A student pursuing an honours degree in Biochemistry will complete Biological and Chemical Sciences in year 1, Biological Sciences in year 2 and Biochemistry in year 3 and year 4.
CK402 pathway to a BSc in Biochemistry at UCC
Pathway choices after First Year CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences
At the end of Year 1 in CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences, a student progressing to Year 2 can select one of the following honours degree programmes:
- Applied Plant Biology
- Chemistry with Forensic Science
- Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds
- Science Education (Biology or Chemistry route)
- OR progress to Biological Sciences.
During Year 2 Biological Sciences, students will complete Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Neuroscience and Physiology modules. At the end of Year 2, students select one of the following honours degree programmes:
- Human Anatomy
Entry to the degree programmes is subject to quotas.
Once you decide on your degree choice at the end of Year 2, and gain entry to the degree of your choice (based on your performance in your exams and quota), you commit fully to that degree programme in Year 3 and Year 4.