Course Details

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8 - Please see for further information
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Four Years
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Are you fascinated by the idea of controlling, fixing or changing biological systems to benefit humanity and global society? 



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Biotechnology involves applying scientific and bioprocess engineering principles to the production of materials by biological agents. For example, biotherapeutic drugs derived from mammalian cells now treat many diseases and improve patient outcomes.

Deep knowledge and practical skills
You’ll gain an excellent foundation in genetics, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, bioinformatics and bioprocess engineering, as well as practical laboratory skills and invaluable skills in communications, critical thinking and problem solving. In your final year, you’ll decide to take focus either on research or on learning more about the biopharmaceutical industry. 

In third year, you’ll get to do a nine-month INTRA work placement in industry, getting to apply and grow your skills and knowledge in the real world. 

As a graduate, you’ll be highly sought after by biotechnology companies due to your unique skill set. You may end up working in the biopharmaceutical, brewing or medical diagnostics industries.

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Careers & Further Options

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Due to the multidisciplinary nature of this degree, you will have the qualifications and flexibility to work in a wide range of biotechnology-related areas, both at home and abroad.

It is a fast-growing area and careers will present themselves in brewing, food processing, pharmaceuticals, fine chemical manufacture and waste treatment, to name a few. 

Within these diverse industries, you could find yourself in production, quality control, research and development or sales and marketing.

This course is also suitable for those who ultimately wish to pursue a career in teaching (see for further details).


Drug Development
Research and Development
Drug Manufacturing
Quality Control
Medical Diagnostics

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.


Entry Requirements

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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

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

GCE A Level general entry requirements can be found here: Please note these may vary slightly for some programmes

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


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Applicants that have completed at least one year of study at NFQ Level 6, 7 or 8 at another institution may apply to continue their studies on a similar programme at DCU. There should be substantial overlap in content between the two programmes to be considered for a transfer. Results and other supporting documentation must be submitted to CAO by the closing date of 1st July. This is a competitive application process for a small quota of advanced entry places. Offers are made on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Early application is advised. Please note: Applicants should also consider applying through the appropriate route for first year entry to the programme they are interested in. This application process is only for advanced entry.

Suitable candidates will be required to attend for interview.

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.

Course Structure

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  • Chemistry, Biology and Physics Laboratories
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 
  • Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Bioprocessing 
  • Biomolecules and Metabolism 
  • Cell Structure and Function 
  • Microbiology and Genetics 
  • Bioprocess Engineering 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Biotechnology Instrumentation 
  • Statistics 
  • Transport Processes 
  • Laboratories 
  • Scientific Literature
  • Gene Cloning and Gene Expression 
  • Advanced Cell Biology 
  • Cell Biology, Recombinant DNA Cloning and Bioinformatics 
  • Downstream Processing 
  • Bioreactors and Primary Separations 
  • Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory 

Year 4 - Research Stream

  • Industrial Bioprocessing 
  • Proteins, Proteomics and Biopharma 
  • Genetics and Cell Biology 
  • Immunology and Immunoanalysis 
  • Animal Cell Biotechnology 
  • Literature Review 
  • Research Project 
  • Human Inheritance and Population Genetics 
  • Commercial Biotechnology and Biopharma

Year 4 - Biopharma Stream

  • Industrial Bioprocessing 
  • Proteins, Proteomics and Biopharma 
  • Genetics and Cell Biology 
  • Immunology and Immunoanalysis 
  • Animal Cell Biotechnology 
  • Literature Review 
  • Bioprocessing Laboratory 
  • Advanced Bioanalysis Laboratory 
  • Biopharmaceutical Industry Regulation and Management 
  • Biopharmaceutical Facility Design and Operation 
  • Formulation and Delivery of Biopharmaceuticals

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

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

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

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 06th November to the 01st July.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

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