Biology - Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation MSc

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Course Code: CKR44 Full-time

Course Title: Biology - Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Biology - Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation

Duration: 1 year Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,000; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €22,000

2017 Entry Requirements: Applicants must possess an honours primary degree (minimum 2H1 honours or equivalent) in the biological sciences, medicine or pharmaceutical sciences. Graduates with a Second Class Honours Grade II degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis. See also detailed entry requirements.

Closing Date: See details in application procedure below

Next Intake: 10th September 2018


The MSc in Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation is a unique course aimed at highly-motivated students with an interest in biomedical research in the areas of: cancer biology, infection/immunity or molecular neuroscience and entrepreneurial thinking. The course will provide you with a truly interdisciplinary educational experience by combining advanced discipline-specific training with core scientific research, technical expertise and business skills.


Course Details

The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, hands-on workshops and a research dissertation based on individual research.

Core Scientific Modules (25 credits)

Cell and Molecular Biology
Human Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering Techniques
Biological and Clinical Perspectives of Human Disease

Scientific Skills-Development Modules (10 credits)

Scientific Communication of Current Topics in Molecular Cell Biology Core Business Modules (10 credits)
Marketing for High Technology Entrepreneurs
Technology and Business Planning

You select one of the following elective modules (5 credits)

Creativity and Opportunity Recognition
Innovation Finance
Intellectual Property Law for High-Tech Entrepreneurs

Research Project (40 credits)

You will select a project offered by internationally-renowned research groups from the Schools of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Microbiology and Anatomy/Neuroscience. With three primary research themes – cancer biology, infection/immunity and molecular neuroscience, you will complete a six month project based on individual research in one of these themes and compile the results into an MSc dissertation on completion.

You will gain invaluable hands-on, practical experience in experimental design, implementation and data interpretation and develop a wide array of transferable skills, including written and verbal communication; data recording, analysis and presentation; critical evaluation of published material; learning to work collaboratively and independently as well as project and time-management.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Detailed Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess an honours primary degree (minimum 2.1 honours or equivalent) in the biological sciences, medicine or pharmaceutical sciences.  Graduates with a Second Class Honours Grade II degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis provided there is substantial and relevant experience and subject to the approval of the Director of the MSc Programme in Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation.

Decisions on selection to the programme will be made on the basis of your  performance in your primary degree, your personal statement and possibly an interview with the following criteria considered:

  • academic qualifications (in a relevant academic discipline)
  • research experience and focus
  • quality of the personal statement
  • recommendation letters from two academic referees.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests

Application Procedure

‌Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme and you are also asked to provide an academic reference indicating your potential for postgraduate study. The supplementary form is available to view ‌‎‌‌here Supplementary questions CKR44 (121kB)

All required documentation must be sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway immediately once an application is made.

Course Practicalities

Discipline-specific lectures mostly take place on Monday to Wednesday and are designed to fit in with lectures offered by the College of Business and Law. You are expected to attend seminars in the Schools of Biochemistry and Microbiology and Department of Anatomy/Neuroscience as advertised. The six-month research project is full time starting in April.


Taught modules are examined by formal written examination and continuous assessment. The research dissertation for the six-month research project must be submitted by the end of the first academic year of registration for examination by internal and external examiners.

Who Teaches This Course

The programme team consists of Prof Rosemary O’Connor, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Dr John Morrissey, School of Microbiology and Dr Aideen Sullivan, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience.

Dr Kellie Dean, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, coordinates the overall course, modules, assessments and research projects.

Research projects are offered by over 20 participating investigators in the Schools of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Microbiology and the Department of Anatomy/Neuroscience.

Further Contact Information

Dr Kellie Dean

Programme coordinator

T: +353 (0)21 420 5421


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