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BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry

Understand your degree choices and outlet options

CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences degree programme is the most flexible entry route for you in science, with many choices of degree stream available — one of which is the BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry.

All of the degree options are available to you in First Year, and you don't have to decide upon your degree stream until 2nd or 3rd year.

Professor John Morrissey

Director of CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences

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My video explains your options after First Year CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences and the route a BSc in Biochemistry at UCC

Jordan O'Donoghue

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In Second Year, I am studying Biological Sciences, and I hoping to study Biochemistry in Third Year...

Ailbhe Woods

Student in Second Year Biological Sciences

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Our staff talk to you

Biochemistry is essential for understanding all life, human biology and diseases.

Professor Rosemary O'Connor speaks...

As well as core technical skills, you will develop qualities in curiosity, analysis, critique, honesty and integrity, teamwork, communication, global awareness, assimilative ability.

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Welcome to Biochemistry and Cell Biology at UCC—Your future in science

Professor Tommie McCarthy speaks...

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Our graduates say

Our graduates describe their personal journey to and from the BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry

Because of my final year research project, I developed an interest in research and subsequently decided to apply for a PhD.

Dr Kathy (Barriscale) Walsh

Kathy is a first class honours graduate of the BSc in Biochemistry at UCC. She also graduated with a PhD in Cancer Biology from our School.

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The Biochemistry degree gave me an amazing advantage over other degrees...

Jamie Byrne

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I went on to secure a graduate position in the biopharma industry where I now work as a production specialist in one of the leading biopharmaceutical companies in the world...

Laura Fine

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The course content is delivered by an expert faculty who are experienced and active members of the international scientific community...

Colm Doyle

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With its mix of genetics, microbiology and chemistry as well as the core aspects underpinning biochemistry itself, the degree equips students with a good knowledge for a career in...

Martina Foudy

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I wanted to fuse my two passions of science and business and build a career around that...

David Hardwicke

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It is often the case that people will shape our experiences and both my classmates and the excellent teaching staff in the School made my four years at UCC fun, exciting and rewarding...

Elizabeth Hinchy

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The research conducted during my fourth year research project was published in the Biochemical Society Transactions...

Aonghus McCarthy

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At UCC open day, after speaking to lecturers in the Biochemistry & Microbiology departments, who were so passionate about their research, I knew that I wanted to share that same passion for science...

Elaine O'Brien

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I wanted to pursue a career which allowed me to work with people in a more hands-on manner...

Daniel Nyhan

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Career Insights

Career and postgrad options after the degree in Biochemistry are diverse. Hear from some of our graduates.

Tanya has over 30 years’ experience in the start-up, pharma, product development and research industry in Ireland and the US.

Dr Tanya Mulcahy

Director of Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI)

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Skills and Expertise—on completion of a BSc in Biochemistry, you will

have a solid foundation and understanding of human and animal biochemistry at the biomedical level

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be proficient in a broad range of biochemistry laboratory techniques & research methods

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be able to design, implement and evaluate scientific investigations

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be able to assess, interpret and present scientific data

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be able to analyse and critically appraise research literature in biochemistry and biomedical fields

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be able to work effectively, ethically and professionally as an individual...

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...and also in teams and multidisciplinary settings...

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...with the capacity for leadership and innovation

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School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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