BSc (with Honors) in Industrial Biochemistry

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Rate: From 16,465 € / year

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Are you interested in life sciences and want to dig deeper? Would you like to understand how living things function, evolve and function at the molecular level? Do you want to prepare for a future where molecular biology will be at the center of human endeavor? Then this course could be for you.

Program description

The B.Sc. In Industrial Biochemistry is a degree program in biotechnology. It focuses on the study of living cells (or components of living cells) and the medical / industrial applications of these substances. It is designed to prepare you for a career in the biotech and allied industries and has a very strong employment history.

Examples of traditional biotechnological processes include the use of microorganisms to produce alcohol or antibiotics. Examples of more modern biotechnological processes include the use of genetic engineering to produce protein-based drugs or “biopharmaceuticals” (eg, insulin or interferons), genetically modified plants that are resistant to drought or pesticides, or transgenic animals that show some trait new, like faster growth.

Core subjects studied include:

  • Biochemistry (study of the structure and biological function of cellular molecules such as proteins and DNA, and how these molecules interact to form living cells)
  • Industrial biochemistry (study of the applications of biological molecules for medical, industrial, environmental purposes , agricultural or analytical)
  • Microbial technology (study of microbiology and uses of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses)
  • Genetic engineering (identification, isolation, engineering and expression of genes to gain new knowledge about the function of genes or for the generation of medical / industrial products mediated by genes)
  • Bioprocess technology (aspects of biotechnology manufacturing / processing on an industrial scale)
  • Analytical science (methods and techniques used to detect and quantify biological molecules / chemicals in samples, for example, measurement of hormone levels in blood or pesticide levels in water)

Program structure

Semester 1

  • General chemistry 1
  • Biology 1
  • Science Mathematics 1
  • Lab calculations
  • Introduction to biosciences and the environment
  • Introduction to applied chemistry and biochemistry
  • Introduction to scientific calculations

Semester 2

  • Biology for biosciences
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • introduction to physics
  • Science Mathematics 2
  • General chemistry 2 (inorganic)
  • General chemistry 2 (physics)

Semester 3

  • Microbial technology 1A
  • Biomolecules
  • Organic Chemistry 2A (1)
  • Analytical Chemistry 1st
  • Science Mathematics 3

Semester 4

  • Industrial biochemistry 1
  • Introduction to quality management
  • Proteins and DNA
  • Analytical Chemistry 2nd
  • Science Mathematics 4

Semester 5

  • Bioprocess Engineering 1
  • Microbial technology 2
  • Genetic engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry 3
  • Security and industry

Semester 6

  • Cooperative education

Semester 7

  • Bioprocess engineering for biochemists
  • Biochemistry Project 1
  • Bioinformatics
  • Chemometry


  • Waste management 1
  • Business training
  • Biomaterials 1

Semester 8

  • Industrial biochemistry 2
  • Immunology and DNA diagnostic techniques
  • Biochemistry Project 2
  • Cellular biochemistry


  • Waste management 2
  • Small Business Consulting
  • Biomaterials 2

During the spring semester of year 3 and the summer thereafter, a period of Cooperative Education (student placement in industry) provides experience of the practice and application of industrial biochemistry. in a work environment. This relevant industrial experience, gained at home or abroad, has proven to be particularly beneficial for students seeking employment in industry after completing their studies.

Employability skills of this degree

  • Understand complex biological processes
  • Build arguments and participate in discussions
  • Think independently and solve problems
  • Complete and critical
  • Critical, analytical and practical skills
  • Arithmetic
  • Communication, presentation and IT skills
  • Teamwork
  • Self-management and professional development

Admission requirements

  • Applicants will require a baccalaureate degree officially translated into English.
  • IELTS 6.0 or higher (or its internationally recognized equivalent).
  • TOEFL 580 (on paper) or 90 (on the internet).
  • UL has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2021/2 admission (due at the closing of the exam centers). The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this for certain programs.

Applicants must possess at the time of enrollment the established Certificate of Completion (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects that must include: two H5 grades (higher level ) and four O6 (ordinary level) or four H7 (upper level) Level) grades. Subjects must include math, Irish or other language, and English.

In addition, applicants must have a minimum grade of O3 / H7 in math and a grade of H4 in any of the following: agricultural science, applied math, biology, chemistry, physics , physics with chemistry.

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