Applied Plant Biology BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK404/CK402

Course Title: Applied Plant Biology

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Applied Plant Biology

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: The State will pay the tuition fees for full-time EU students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: Refer to CK404/CK402


Applied Plant Biology (APB) involves using plants to generate new products, such as foods, pharmaceuticals, or biofuels or processes, to solve environmental problems including food security and dwindling natural resources.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

BL1002 Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics & Evolution (5 credits);

BL1004 Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals (5 credits);

BL1005 Habitats and Ecosystems (5 credits);

CM1003 Introductory Chemistry for Environmental Scientists (10 credits);

ER1006 Applied Earth Systems (5 credits);

EV1002 The Environment (5 credits);

GL1001 Introduction to Geology (5 credits);

GL1004 Geological Evolution of Ireland (5 credits);

GG1010 Introduction to Physical Geography (5 credits);

MA1001 Calculus for Science Part 1 (5 credits);

PY1009 Physics for the Environmental Sciences I (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:

Plant and Animal Genetics;  Introduction to Plant Biotechnology;  Ecological Plant Physiology;  Plant Identification;  Introduction to Biostatistics;  Vertebrate Diversity;  Invertebrate Diversity;  Fundamentals of Ecology;  Practical Ecological Skills;  Fundamentals of Microbiology;  Principles of Microbiology;  Fossils as Living Organisms

Year 3 Modules:


Plant Biology Literature Review;  Plant Biology Field Course (residential);  Conservation Biology;  Plants in Hostile Environments;  Evolution and Diversity;  Bioactive Natural Products; Biostatistics I;


Adaptation to Extreme Environments;  Animal Behaviour;  Introduction to Ecotoxicology;   Environmental Microbial Genomics;  Environmental Systems Microbiology; Micropalaeontology and Palynology

Year 4 Modules:


Plant Biology Research Project;  Frontiers in Biology;  Research Skills in Biology;  Crop Physiology and Climate Change;  Food Production;  Genetic Manipulation of Plants;  The Environmentally Protective Management of Plant Pests and Pathogens;  Biostatistics II


Advanced Ecotoxicology;  Landscape Conservation and Management (Burren residential field course);  Biological Work Placement;  Biology and Management of Alien Species.

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


Course Practicalities

You will take a combination of laboratory, glasshouse and field practicals. Laboratory APB students carry out fieldwork as part of this course.

In Year 2, you will visit various sites in Co Cork.  In Year 3, there is a residential field course to London.  In Year 4, you can go to the Burren in Co Clare.

You will also carry out an independent research project in Year 4, working alongside research groups.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including continuous assessment which involves essays, assessed practical exercises, field reports, multiple-choice questionnaires, assessed presentations and project work. In Year 4, you will undertake a six-month research project. The range of assessments provides a broad skills base of relevance to future employment.

Further Contact Information

School of BEES

(021) 490 4619

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