Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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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.

Course Pathways
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.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology can find employment in:

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

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.

Other Entry Routes

“I chose to specialise in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology because it answered a lot of the questions that I had about how cells work. The course provided me with an understanding of proteomics, metabolism, and immunology. It also gave me an insight into how and why disease occurs, whilst highlighting that a fundamental understanding of cell biochemistry is critical in treating and curing disease. I received a scholarship to undertake a summer research project on Alzheimer’s Disease. My final year thesis on Type 2 Diabetes was immunology-based. Since graduating, I have received a PhD Scholarship from Breakthrough Cancer Research to pursue a research project on Oesophageal Cancer.”

Maitiú Ó Murchú, Graduate

Contact Information

Associate Professor Siobhán McClean
UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science
Belfield, Dublin 4


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