What is Genetics & Cell Biology? | School of Biotechnology

What is Genetics & Cell Biology?

Programme Overview

The 4yr course in Genetics and Cell Biology will be of interest to students who have enjoyed biology at secondary level and for those with an interest in recent scientific breakthroughs, such as the sequencing of the human genome. An average ability in maths is also important.

What is Genetics & Cell Biology?

Advances in Genetics & Cell Biology have opened up a new era in our understanding, both of ourselves and of the world around us. Science is progressing at an extraordinary and unprecedented pace. This is especially true of Genetics & Cell Biology. With our ever-increasing knowledge of genetics we can better understand what controls and contributes to our development and individuality. Combined with our understanding of cell biology we can explore exciting scientific applications that will benefit all of society. Our improved understanding of the genetic basis for life has opened up new approaches for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of disease. As a consequence, a new era in the development and production of medical diagnostics, therapies and therapeutics is upon us.

The course has been developed to incorporate the theoretical and practical aspects of molecular and cellular biology, providing you with the knowledge and expertise you’ll need for a career in the healthcare industry. You will have the opportunity to develop your interest in biology, learn the laboratory skills that are the basis for major modern scientific breakthroughs, and gain a full appreciation of how the improved knowledge of genetics and cell biology impacts on society.

Programme Structure

Your first year of the course is taken in common with other Science courses, studying biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computing. No prior knowledge of subjects other than mathematics is assumed.

In Year 2 you will develop a deeper understanding of genetics, biochemistry of the cell and microbiology. You will also be introduced to pharmacology and instrumentation.

In the first semester of Year 3 you will gain the practical skills and techniques that are the basis for cell and gene technologies. These include gene cloning and bioinformatics - the application of computing in genetic analysis. With this knowledge you will be well prepared for your 6-month work experience placement (INTRA).

In the final year you will explore the advances arising from research in genetics and cell biology, and medical products and the healthcare industry. A significant research project must also be completed.

Industrial Placement (INTRA)

  • INTRA is paid.
  • INTRA is relevant full-time work experience.
  • INTRA takes place in Year 3.
  • INTRA is arranged by DCU (in almost all cases).
  • Through INTRA, gain understanding of the practical world of industry.
  • INTRA helps you to make realistic career decisions.

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