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About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Refer to CK402, Biological & Chemical Sciences See Requirements for full details.

Course Outline

BSc Biochemistry is the study of living organisms, particularly the human body, at cellular and sub-cellular levels and is an excellent stepping stone for entry into medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.

Core subjects are cell biochemistry and biology, genetics, biotechnology, metabolism and protein science, with an emphasis on understanding normal and disease states. The lecture course is supplemented by practical classes, where you learn the principles and methodology of research.

The School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology is highly active in research. Final-year research projects are carried out in state-of-the-art laboratories, under the supervision of internationally recognised researchers. BSc Biochemistry provides you with a solid foundation in research, analytical approaches and critical thinking.

Biochemistry graduates have excellent career prospects in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnological industries and in the broad biomedical research area, including drug development and disease diagnoses. BSc Biochemistry is recognised by the Teaching Council.

Refer to CK402 for more details on modules.

Students select one degree stream (depending on choice of Year 1 Electives) from:

Applied Plant BiologyBiochemistryBiotechnologyChemistryChemistry of Pharmaceutical CompoundsChemistry with Forensic SciencesScience Education (Chemistry or Biology Route), MicrobiologyNeurosciencePhysiology

The subjects you will study from Year 2 onwards depend upon which programme you enter from the options above. Please see the individual course information pages for details of each of these programmes.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of the Programme Modules.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: Biochemistry lectures are held in the mornings between 9am and 1pm. There are approximately 8-12 lectures per week.

Expected lab/practical hours: Laboratory practical classes are in the afternoons between 2pm and 6pm. There are approximately three laboratory classes per week. Final year research projects are a major component of final year and generally span a full semester.

Why Choose This Course

My BSc in Biochemistry was an essential part of my acceptance onto a PhD programme in cancer research at Oxford University.

Fiona Cahill


Find Out More

The School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology is highly active in research, which gives you access to a wide range of cutting-edge expertise.

Undergraduate students in Biochemistry have the opportunity to engage in research first hand through an independent research project in their final year.  Masters and PhD research opportunities for Biochemistry graduates are excellent.

Biochemistry graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities and have a wide choice of career options in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental monitoring and medical diagnostic areas.

A degree in Biochemistry is an excellent foundation for all careers relating to human health and is a very appropriate foundation degree for graduate medicine.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

While there is no work placement incorporated into this course, the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology facilitates you in finding summer laboratory work at the end of Year 3. In addition, in Year 4, each student carries out an independent research project in a biochemistry research laboratory, which our students find to be one of the highlights of the course.

Skills and Careers Information

BSc Biochemistry provides you with a broad scientific knowledge and research skills. You also gain transferable skills including: team-work, communication, writing, presentation, problem-solving and analytical skills.

Biochemistry graduates work in a broad range of areas. Biochemists work in companies and research laboratories in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental monitoring, and medical diagnostic areas. Biochemists also work in the education sector as teachers and lecturers.

Job opportunities are plentiful, salaries are competitive and career development opportunities are good. A large number of BSc graduates opt for further training through MSc and PhD degrees, as this enhances job opportunities and career development prospects.


Refer to CK402

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such appicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page and refer to our International Office page for more information.

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2022/23 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €138. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK402.

EU Applicants

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over)

All interested mature applicants must make an application through the Central Applications Office (CAO). See the CAO Mature Applicants and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) pages. Visit our Mature Student Entry page for more information.


See our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)/Further Education and Training (FET) application process.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information.

All Applicants

Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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