Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2021: 566
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 420

Leaving Certificate:
  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  •  O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects
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Choosing Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Why is this course for me?

In this degree, you’ll explore life at the molecular level. This will enable you to pursue a career in biomedical and biomolecular science. The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology degree course explores the chemistry of living organisms and cells. It involves the study of the molecules that play a role in the function of the cell and the molecular basis for changes in the cell that can lead to disease. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology form the foundation for understanding all biological processes and occupy a central position in modern biological and biomedical research.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology can find employment in:

  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Forensic science laboratories
  • Hospital and clinical laboratories

Graduates are eligible to apply for a range of MSc programmes in Ireland and abroad, in areas such as biotechnology, imaging and microscopy and molecular medicine. Graduates can also pursue a PhD in universities in Ireland and abroad in areas such as medical research, drug development and biomedical science.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Topics include structural biology, molecular biology, metabolism and disease, cell signalling and communications, cell biology and biochemistry.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective module

Second Year

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  •  + 2 other Science subjects
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (includes a research project in diverse areas, such as protein engineering, neurochemistry, cancer studies, the regulation of gene expression, molecular immunology and endocrinology).

Timetables & Assessment

Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

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International Study Opportunities

Students in their third year have spent time in:

  • Ruprechts-Karls-Universität, Germany
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • University of California, San Diego, USA
  • University of Chicago, USA

Students in their fourth year have spent time in the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


“Biochemistry is at the core of all the biological sciences and provides an excellent foundation for a career in the field of biomolecular and biomedical sciences. I delved into key components of Biochemistry such as metabolism, molecular basis of diseases, proteins and enzymes whilst also being able to maintain my love of Spanish and Music through electives. During my time in UCD I was a peer mentor, a member of the UCD Symphony orchestra and various other clubs and societies. Since graduating I have obtained a role as a Quality Control Analyst in a global pharmaceutical company where I have been able to apply the knowledge I acquired during my degree to conduct a variety of analyses and tests on the finished product produced at the site.”

Alison Howett, Graduate

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