Applied Biosciences (BSc Degree)
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3 Years (6 Semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points and
- meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.
At present, students generally spend four months in appropriate work placement in third year. The placement may be organised for Ireland or abroad.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Mathematics.
Years 1 & 2 (Common) The courses are taught through formal lectures and extensive laboratory work. The high emphasis on practical laboratory work differentiates programmes at Cork Institute of Technology from those at University.
CR 006 > Years 1 and 2 are common. Students will not be required to choose their preferred qualification (Food and Health Science or Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology) until the beginning of Year 3.
Further Study Courses
Suitably qualified graduates of the BSc in Food and Health Science may apply for entry to Year 4 of > BSc (Honours) in Nutrition and Health Science. Suitably qualified graduates of the BSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology may apply for entry to Year 4 of > BSc (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - OPEN DAYS 2017
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Please note: Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Applied Biosciences.
What is Applied Biosciences?
Applied Biosciences is the study of complex biological systems, and how they work, for example how bacteria generate energy from the breakdown of sugars. Applied Biosciences also involves the use of living organisms and bioprocesses in engineering, technology, medicine and agriculture – in other words, the application of scientific and technical advances in the life sciences to develop commercial products.
About the Course
In CR 006 Applied Biosciences, Years 1 and 2 are common. Students will not be required to choose their preferred qualification (Food & Health Science or Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology) until the beginning of Year 3.
Knowledge of environmental science, analytical techniques, quality management and bioprocessing are seen as key requirements and these disciplines are studied in detail. Laboratory work forms a substantial part of the course. The development of high-level laboratory skills and the ability to use them in the service of advanced industrial biology are key aims of the course. Opportunities currently exist for a number of students on courses to participate in EU funded exchange programmes involving colleges and enterprises in Europe.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology meets the demands of biotechnology, food and pharmaceutical industries for technologists and analysts. In addition, the requirements of the services and research laboratories for staff trained in advanced biologically based analytical techniques are met by graduates of the course.
The Bachelor of Science in Food & Health Science meets the changing needs of the Food, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries for technicians and analysts. Graduates are in great demand from multinational pharmaceutical companies, as well as the traditional employers in the food and drink sectors.
Advanced manufacturing in the food, health care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and chemical industries have been employment destinations for graduates of this course as well as state and local authority laboratories.
There is work placment of a minimum of 16 weeks in Year 3.
- Suitably qualified graduates of the BSc in Food and Health Science may apply for entry to Year 4 to BSc (Honours) in Nutrition and Health Science (Level 8)
- Suitably qualified graduates of the BSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology may apply for entry to Year 4 of
BSc (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Level 8)
Do I need to have Chemistry and Physics coming into the course?
No, the Chemistry and Physics modules taught in first year are designed for students who enter the programme without prior knowledge of these subjects. In addition, the CIT Academic Learning Centre provides additional free tutorial support for both these modules.
What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
The best students and professional biotechnologists all possess a keen interest in biology and a desire to understand how complex biological processes work.
Dr Mark Fenton
“I completed the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biosciences in 2006 and qualified for a research grant from Science Foundation Ireland. I joined the research group in CIT’s Department of Biological Sciences.
Here, I undertook research into the purification, characterisation and therapeutic applications of a novel cloned protein for the control of antibiotic resistant bacteria, namely MRSA.
In 2011, on completion of my PhD, I began work as a Bioprocess Scientist at Eli Lilly. This role involves technical support and writing to support the development, validation, and commercialisation of novel biomedicines for the treatment of a range of diseases from diabetes to cancer.
I had encountered and gained valuable practical experience to many of these topics during both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in CIT.”
Full details of the modules on this programme of study is available by clicking the following link:
Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biosciences
Bachelor of Science in Food and Health Science CR006
Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology CR006
At Bachelor Degree Level
The Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Healthcare Science has a long tradition and a well earned reputation for producing graduates who are able to function effectively and productively in employment, without the need for additional extensive training. The applied orientation of the course, the emphasis on the use of modern techniques and the flexibility of the graduates, are features that employers have found attractive. Advanced manufacturing in the food, health care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and chemical industries have been employment destinations for graduates of this course as well as state and local authority laboratories.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology produces graduates with the requisite skills and knowledge in bioanalysis, bioassay, microbiology and DNA-based methods. This BSc meets the demands of biotechnology, food and pharmaceutical industries for technologists and analysts. In addition the requirements of the services and research laboratories for staff trained in advanced biologically based analytical techniques are met by graduates of the course.
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