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

  • Course Code

    MT 875

  • 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 MTU Cork Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to MTU Cork 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 MTU Cork Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Cork 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

Students will undertake a mandatory work placement in Year 3 for a duration of either 6 months (Agri-Biosciences) or 16 weeks (Nutrition and Health Science/Pharmaceutical Biotechnology).

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Biology and Chemistry.


Biological Sciences

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



Recorded November 2021



What is Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences is an exciting and rapidly developing subject area, with many applications in the pharmaceutical, food and healthcare, and agri-food industries. Biological Sciences is the study of life and living organisms. In particular, it is the study of how cells work and how they can function individually (like bacteria) or collectively (like plants and animals). There are many branches of study in Biology and many of these specialised areas can be studied in MTU Cork's Department of Biological Sciences.


First Year at a Glance

As well as learning the main core science subjects in first year, 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 role of microbiology, physiology and biotechnology in the agri-food sector
  • 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:

  • (CR370 BSc (Honours) in Agri-Biosciences or
    Graduates will be able to their apply their knowledge of the role of biotechnology in agri-food and animal sciences to support and develop technologies (e.g. health, reproduction and diagnostics) for the improvement of global agri-food production systems.
  • CR333 BSc (Honours) in Nutrition and Health Science or
    Graduates will be able to apply their understanding of human nutrition and its role
    in health and disease to various sectors of the food and health industry, and identify and address nutrition-related problems in individuals and populations.
  • CR325 BSc (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
    Graduates will be able to grow and engineer biological cells in order to make safe and effective medicines using the most up-to-date information and technologies available.
















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.

MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.

For detailed module information - Biological Sciences (Honours) Common Entry, please click on tab below.


Module Info >>


Possible Areas of Employment


Depends on specialisation

  • Biopharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industries
  • Food and Healthcare Industries
  • 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:

Entry 2020: 420

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Lorraine Endersen
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