• » Bachelor of Science in Bioscience

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Bioscience
    CAO Code  LY817
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  26
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Bioscience involves the study of living organisms - how humans, plants, animals, and microbes function and interact with their environment. Bioscientists use their knowledge of Biology and Biological Techniques to develop products and improve human health, animal health, agriculture and the environment. New technologies in bioscience which include biotechnology are applied in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, environmental analysis and in the food industry.
    A degree in Bioscience could lead to a very satisfying and worthwhile career. One of the main areas of Bioscience, Biotechnology, helps to improve life by its contributions to genetics, to the diagnosis and treatment of disease, to the development of drugs, to agricultural improvements, and to the environment. Biotechnologists have been involved in sequencing the human genome, and in the identification of genetic links in diseases such as arthritis and some cancers. This type of information can be used to identify high risk patients and to develop appropriate treatments. Students on this programme are trained in analytical skills and in modern techniques of biological analysis and biotechnology. They also gain an understanding of environmental issues and the regulatory situation in regards to monitoring environmental parameters.
    The B.Sc. in Bioscience is a three-year programme, during which extensive time is spent in a range of well-equipped laboratories. The first year of this programme provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of science as well as introducing key skills that are transferable to future employment opportunities. The first year is common with some other programmes in the science department and this allows potential students the option of changing their specialisation up to the end of their first year. In the second year students on this programme study a range of biological topics including human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry and Microbiology, as well as modules such as Instrumentation which teach the practical techniques involved in analysis of biological materials. In the third year of the programme students study advanced topics such as Genetics and Recombinant DNA, Cell Culture and Clean Room Technology, Environmental Analysis as well as continuing to extend their skills in modern analytical techniques used in biotechnology and in the pharmaceutical and food industries. The final year also includes modules on research methods and quality assurance. At all stages practical and theoretical aspects of the modules offered will be integrated. Every effort is made to provide a learning environment in which the students' enthusiasm for their subject is fostered and their intellectual, personal, and practical skills developed.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Minimum Points Score 160
    • Min. Five O6/H7
    • English or Irish O6/H7
    • Maths F2/O6/H7
      QQI (FET)/CAS
    • Have obtained any FETAC Level 5 award.
    Northern Ireland/UK Applicants click NI/UK
    What will I have to study?
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Introductory Biology Mandatory  5  5
     Chemistry 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Physics 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Mathematical Skills for Science 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Transferable Skills 1 Mandatory  10  6
     1/2  Animal & Plant Biology Mandatory  5  5
     Chemistry 2: Fuels, Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry Mandatory  5  5
     Physics 2 Mandatory  5  5
     Mathematical Skills for Science 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Transferable Skills 2 Mandatory  10  6
     2/3  Mathematical Methods for Science Mandatory  5  4
     Ecosystems Mandatory  5  5
     Fundamentals of Microbiology Mandatory  10  7
     Instrumentation 1 Mandatory  10  7
     2/4  Data Methods for Science Mandatory  5  4
     Anatomy & Physiology Mandatory  5  3
     Instrumentation 2 Mandatory  10  7
     Biochemistry Mandatory  10  7
     3/5  Research Skills Mandatory  5  3
     Pharmacology Mandatory  5  3
     Genetics and Recombinant DNA Mandatory  10  7
     Cell Culture and Clean Room Technology Mandatory  10  7
     3/6  Quality and Regulations Mandatory  5  3
     Applied Microbiology Mandatory  5  4
     Applied Immunology Mandatory  10  7
     Environmental Analysis Mandatory  10  7
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this programme the graduate will have:
    • Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of physics, biology and chemistry;
    • Specialist knowledge and understanding of skills relating to biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, quality assurance, instrumental analysis, microbiological analysis, biochemical analysis, immunology, and statistics;
    • The ability to apply and integrate conceptual and theoretical information relating to the skills above;
    • Acquired methods for generating, processing, interpreting and presenting information in the areas above;
    • The skills required to identify, define and resolve routine problems in bioanalysis;
    • The skills required to make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • The ability to recognise best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas;
    • The ability to plan and organise work and interact effectively as part of a team;
    • The ability to develop and formalise original ideas using a range of tools;
    • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for working in  Bioscience industries;
    • The skills to discuss scientific issues in the area of environmental science, biotechnology and related areas in medical research in a social, economic and cultural context;
    • Acquired the skills to demonstrate an awareness of current issues of concern to society and an appreciation of the ethical issues involved in the areas of biotechnology and the environment
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme learners may progress to an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) in Bioanalytical Science at LYIT.
    Graduates from this programme may also pursue further studies at other Universities in Ireland or abroad. Acceptance on any programme is at the discretion of the college to which the candidate applies.
    Career Opportunities
    Current forecasts for Bioscience graduates in Ireland are excellent. Graduates from this course could take up a number of positions in industry and in particular the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and environmental sectors. There are currently about 60 Irish-based biotechnology companies, employing an estimated 4,000 people and biotechnology is regarded as a priority area by agencies such as Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.  High-profile biotechnology employers in Ireland include Pfizer Ireland, MSD, Genzyme Ireland, Norbrook Laboratories and Megazyme.  The pharmaceutical industry is flourishing in Ireland - it is the country's biggest exporter and one of its major employers. The B.Sc. in Bioscience is broadly based and opens the door to a wide range of interesting careers. Holders of this degree find employment not only in the biotechnology sector, but also in pharmaceutical, food, chemical and water industries, and in state laboratories and agencies. They may also be employed as technicians in academic and research institutions.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    • Contact: Dr. Joanne Gallagher, Head of Department of Science, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
    • E- Mail: joanne.gallagher@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6302