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Biological Sciences (Honours) (Common Entry) (Level 8)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Biological Sciences

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

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. Please click here for more information

Work Placement

There is work placement of a minimum of 16 weeks in Year 3.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Biology and Chemistry.


Biological Sciences



8th November
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, County Cork

16th November 
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
17th November
CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

For more information, please click here 

For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here.

What is Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences is an exciting and rapidly developing subject area, with many applications in the pharmaceutical, food and healthcare, and natural product industries. 

First Year at a Glance

As well as learning the main core science subjects in first year, new students will be exposed to the following:

  • Evaluating the role of food in health, wellness, and nutrition space
  • Making biological medicines: learn the basics of how cells can be used to make modern medicines
  • Understanding the natural products industry from functional foods to medicinal, healthcare, and cosmetics products
  • Perform experimental laboratory procedures

The Common Biological Sciences programme is a two-year course designed for students interested in Biological Sciences as a career, but who may be unsure of which discipline to follow.

The scheme gives students the opportunity to see the three disciplines areas, first hand, through the various modules on offer, interaction with lecturers, and industrial site visits.

This allows the student to make an informed decision on their discipline of study.

On successfully completing this 2-year programme, students can enter the third year programme from any of the following Honours Biological Science Degrees:

(a) CR370 BSc (Honours) in Agri-Biosciences or
(b) CR333 BSc (Honours) in Nutrition and Health Science or
(c) CR325 BSc (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology















Question Time

Am I guaranteed my choice of study at the end of Year 2?
Yes. Successful completion of the Common Entry Biological Sciences programme ensures guaranteed entry to Year 3 of the BSc (Honours) programme of choice from the list given.

Do I need to have studied Chemistry at Leaving Certificate to apply for this course?
No. Students study Biological Chemistry 1 and Biological Chemistry 2 modules in first year, these modules are designed for students who do not have Chemistry as a Leaving Certificate subject.

In addition, the CIT Academic Learning Centre provides tutorial support for first year Chemistry modules.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking here

Possible Areas of Employment

Depends on specialisation

  • Biopharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industries
  • Food and Healthcare Industries
  • Natural Product Ingredient Manufacture
  • Agri-food Sector

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


EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.


CAO 1st Round:


CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Karen Finn
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