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Herbal Science (BSc honours degree)

  • Course Code

    CR 330

  • Field of Study

    Herbal Sciences

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Full-time course duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six 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.

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Non-Standard Applicants

Encouragement will be given to non-standard applicants, including mature students, to enter the course. In the case of these applicants, their academic qualification and recognised prior learning (RPL) will be assessed and evaluated by the Department of Biological Sciences. It is anticipated that up to 30% of places will be offered to nonstandard applicants.

Work Placement

There is a mandatory work placement in year three lasting a minimum of ten weeks. Students have the option of taking their placement in Ireland or abroad through the ERAMUS scheme.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Biology and Chemistry. However, for those that do not have covered these subjects at leaving certificate level the core fundamentals are delivered in year 1.

Course summary

The course consists of lectures, laboratory practicals and fieldwork, desk studies, projects and, in the case of many modules, self-directed learning (SDL). Laboratory and field-study sessions are designed to provide practical skills-training as well as enhancing an understanding of the principles of Herbal Science. The Herbal Science course is structured along module streams where the student builds knowledge in the areas of plant science and production, human biology, food and nutrition, and herb and natural product applications. The specific biological subjects are supported by more general analytical techniques important for laboratory and research. Foundation skills across a broad range of core science subjects provide a sound basis on which to build specialist knowledge offering a wide range of opportunities in industry, in research or in business development. Specifically this programme concentrates on the science of: ? Herbal and Natural Products for medicinal, healthcare and cosmetic purposes ? Horticulture / Agronomics ? Nutrition / Nutraceuticals / Food Science Detailed theory and practical studies in the following areas underpin the above fields of applications: ? Human anatomy and physiology ? Chemistry / Biochemistry / Pharmacology ? Microbiology / Plant Biotechnology ? A wide range of analytical skills including laboratory techniques, Immuno-analysis, Bio-analytical techniques and Molecular techniques

Further studies

There are a number of options available when it comes to postgraduate study. Suitably qualified graduates may progress to gain academic qualifications in a number of areas which include plant science, pharmacy, ethnobotany, microbiology, and pharmacognosy at Master’s and Doctoral level. A research Master’s through CIT’s Graduate School can be based in any of a number of life science disciplines including an MSc. in computational Biology. From this you can choose to pursue a PhD such as the ED4LIFE programme which includes the tradition of original research but offers graduates a range of generic and subject specific skills. Many other postgraduate opportunities can be availed of in other third level institutions in Ireland and abroad. Alternatively, if you chose to specialise as a medical Herbalist, the programme provides the educational foundation necessary for a career as a Medical Herbalist. Further specialised post-graduate training accredited by the professional body will be required and the professional body should be contacted directly for more detailed information.

Department(s)

Biological Sciences

Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

What is Herbal Science ?

It’s the Science of Herbal Medicinal Products, Functional Foods and Natural Products applied to Healthcare and Medicine.

The programme is focused on the production, characterisation and applications of herbal extracts and natural products. The herbal extracts and natural products are used as ingredients in the medicinal, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.

Herbal extracts you may be familiar with include chamomile, sage or lavender used in cosmetics and shampoos or Echinacea or Ginkgo as medicinal products sold in health shops and pharmacies. Again, many will also be familiar with functional foods such as blueberries, cooked tomatoes and probiotics with their added health benefits.

The Herbal Science course is structured along module streams where the student builds knowledge in the areas of plant science and production, human biology, food and nutrition, and herb and natural product applications.

The specific biological subjects are supported by more general analytical techniques important for laboratory and research. Foundation skills across a broad range of core science subjects provide a sound basis on which to build specialist knowledge offering a wide range of opportunities in industry, in research or in business development.

 

The Herbal Science programme covers all aspects of herbs and natural products with applications in the healthcare, food, cosmetic and biopharmaceutical industries.

This programme was developed in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists (IIMH) in order to enable students to study all aspects of herbs and other related medicinal plants. It covers a wide range of subjects, enabling students to appreciate the history and philosophy inherent in the cultural use of herbs.

About the Course

The main core of the programme is focused on the production, characterisation and applications of herbal extracts and natural products that are ingredients used in medicinal, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.

The Herbal Science course is structured along streams of study based on plant science and plant production, human body systems, food and nutrition, and herbs and natural product applications.

The specific biological subjects are supported by more general analytical techniques and foundation skills that provide our graduates with broad scientific education while retaining an appropriate level of specialisation to offer a wide range of opportunities in industry, in research or in business development.

Work Placement

There is a mandatory work placement in year three lasting a minimum of ten weeks. Students have the option of taking their placement in Ireland or abroad through the ERAMUS scheme.

Question Time

Award: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science
Class size/places: 20
Duration: 4 Years

When I graduate, will I be based in a Lab?
Graduates can work in a variety of settings from growing herbs and extracting natural products to manufacturing and production in a range of industries (cosmetic, biopharmaceutical, food, etc.). You can chose to work in a lab undertaking research and product development or quality control. You can make other choices based on the modules covered in this course for a wide variety of career options and work placements.

What postgraduate qualification do you need to be qualified as a Herbalist?
There are a number of options available to graduates when it comes to postgraduate study, including professional training in Herbal medicine. If you chose to specialise in Herbal Medicine you will need further specialist postgraduate training accredited by the professional body that can be contacted for further information.

Alternatively you can pursue a research Masters through CIT’s Graduate School which can be based in any one of a number of life science disciplines. From this you may choose to pursue a structured PhD such as the ED4LIFE programme which includes the tradition of original research but offers graduates a range of generic and subject specific skills so that they are industry ready upon graduation. Generic modules include entrepreneurship, communications, personal effectiveness, and research methodology.

Many other postgraduate opportunities can be availed of in other third level institutions in Ireland and abroad.


Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science CR330


Graduates can expect to work in a variety of sectors including

  • Healthcare/Cosmetic Industry
  • Food Industry/ Nutraceutical Industry
  • Biopharmaceutical Industry
  • Quality Control/Analysis
  • Medicinal Plant Production

And following further study:

  • Dietician
  • Teaching
  • Nursing/Veterinary Nursing
  • Clinical Herbal Medicine
  • Organic Horticulture

The course gives the educational foundation necessary to pursue a career as a medical herbalist. The IIMH accepts and recognises this BSc Honours degree programme as constituting Part I of its professional training requirement for qualification as a medical herbalist/practitioner in Ireland. (Further study/training is required to achieve Part II of the IIMH professional requirements). The course also provides the student with an enormous opportunity to develop the skills necessary to commence herbal research or clinical training at an advanced level.

Further Studies

Suitable qualified graduates may progress to the academic qualifications of Masters and Doctoral Degrees and also avail of other relevant postgraduate opportunities that may arise.


Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

CAO 1st Round:

340

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Anna-Maria Keaveney
anna-maria.keaveney@cit.ie
021 433 5402

Germain Levieille
germain.levieille@cit.ie
021 433 5481