Course Title
Faculty of Science and Health

Genetics and Cell Biology

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Genetics and Cell Biology

  • CAO CodeDC168
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Min Points 2019 489
  • Duration 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

Discoveries in genetics and cell biology are opening up a new era of understanding, both of ourselves and of the world around us. Genetics give us insight into what contributes to our development and individuality, and when this knowledge is combined with cell biology, we can explore exciting scientific applications benefiting all of society.

Our improved understanding of the genetic basis for life has opened up approaches to the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of disease. As a consequence, we’re making unprecedented advances in the creation of medical diagnostics, therapies and therapeutics.

The Genetics and Cell Biology course provides you with the theoretical and practical resources for a career in the healthcare industry. You’ll enhance your biology expertise and learn the laboratory skills that are the foundation for major, modern scientific breakthroughs that affect society.

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Why do this course?

  • Emphasis on investigative science
  • Extensive laboratory training through team work and partnership projects
  • Six-month paid work experience placement (INTRA)
  • Modern laboratory and library
  • Cell biology underpins the growing biopharmaceutical industry

Student Voice

This degree equipped me with all the knowledge I needed to know regarding DNA, protein structures and amino acid sequences for me to enter the Biopharm industry with great confidence in myself. I also enjoyed the clinical aspect of the course, learning a great deal about diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and ongoing stem cell research.

Robert Hickey

About the course


The first year of the course is taken in common with other science courses, so you will be studying biology, chemistry, physics, biostatistics and computing.

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

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

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

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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


Understanding how cells work underpins many areas, and so there is huge demand for a workforce with scientific knowledge, particularly in molecular and cellular biology. Your skills in research and development and your ability to undertake management and operational roles will be an added asset.

Areas of employment opportunity include:

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Research and Development
  • Teaching

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

Minimum of O3 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O3 or H5 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry, Agricultural Science or Computer Science

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE B Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE B in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

QQI level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

No Entry Path

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Genetics and Cell Biology Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €15,000