BSc in Biotechnology

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Guaranteed labor practices

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 15,000 / year

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By analyzing the components of living cells, biotechnologists are learning how to control, fix and modify them for the benefit of global society.

As a budding biotechnologist, you will focus on how the fundamental biochemistry underlying biological systems works with innovations in genetics, immunology, and bioinformatics. To appreciate how solutions translate on a commercial industrial scale, you will also need a good understanding of the basic principles of physical and chemical engineering related to living cells.

DCU’s Biotechnology degree will provide you with the fundamentals of science and engineering to succeed in the emerging technology-driven biotechnology industry. Technologies in this industry have had a real impact on humanity and include the creation and manufacture of products that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases (for example, the production of safer antibiotics, insulin and recombinant vaccines) and the provision of services. to areas such as health, food, agriculture, energy and the environment.

Program description

By studying a wide range of science and engineering subjects, you will gain the skills necessary to succeed in the emerging technology-driven biotech industry.

At the beginning of the Biotechnology course, you will be introduced to basic science, mathematics, and computer science. As you progress, you will discover more complete areas of biotechnology, ranging from genetics and process engineering to immunology and gene cloning.

In third year, specialized areas are introduced. In addition, in the third year you will have the opportunity to work in industry as part of our Paid Industrial Training Program (INTRA).

In fourth year there is a strong emphasis on choice, with students choosing from a wide range of subjects. You will also undertake a major research project in your senior year.

Science courses at DCU provide an ideal opportunity to gain practical experience, not only in the laboratory, but also to meet the challenges associated with ongoing creative research projects. Here you can explore your true potential through practical work, much of which counts towards your final grade.

Career options

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of this degree, you will have the qualification and flexibility to work in a wide range of areas related to biotechnology, both at home and abroad. It is a fast growing area and careers will feature in brewing, food processing, pharmaceuticals, fine chemical manufacturing, and waste treatment, to name a few. Within these various industries, you could find yourself in production, quality control, research and development, or sales and marketing.

Program structure

  • How life works 1
  • How life works 2
  • Introduction to bioprocessing
  • Practical biology
  • Introduction to chemistry 1
  • Introduction to chemistry 2
  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Mathematics I (Calculus)
  • Physics for General Sciences 1
  • Physics for General Sciences 2
  • Biomolecules and metabolism
  • Microbiology and Genetics
  • Statistics
  • Transport processes
  • Bioprocess engineering principles
  • Cell structure and function
  • Scientific literature
  • Laboratory of Practical Biochemistry
  • Practical laboratory of microbiology and genetics
  • Bioprocessing and Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Gene cloning and gene expression
  • Download processing
  • Bioreactors and primary separations
  • Advanced cell biology
  • Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory
  • Gene cloning, protein expression and purification.


  • INTRA – Industry and career related assignments
  • Industrial bioprocessing
  • Proteins, proteomics and biopharma
  • Immunology and immunoassay
  • Animal cell biotechnology
  • Literature review and experimental design


  • Commercial biotechnology and biopharmaceutical
  • Current topics in genetics and cell biology
  • Regulation and management of the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Design and operation of biopharmaceutical facilities
  • Bioreaction engineering
  • Human inheritance and population genetics
  • Bioprocessing laboratory
  • Advanced Bioanalysis Laboratory
  • Biopharmaceutical formulation and delivery
  • Research project
  • Uaneen non-contributory module

Admission requirements

  • As a general requirement, a Bachelor’s Degree / Baccalaureate Diploma / General Baccalaureate / Professional Degree from a recognized university with, minimum, is required a subject in mathematics.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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