Genetics

Course Information

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2019: 521-625
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 400

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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Why is this course for me?

If you’re interested in why some families are more prone to disease and how to use biotechnology to produce drugs and other products, then a degree in Genetics could be for you. Genetics is the scientific study of heredity – how information is passed from one generation to the next. You’ll study developing new areas, such as personal genomics, which uses DNA sequence to determine health and ancestry. The UCD Genetics degree also covers genetic engineering and biotechnology, transgenic animals, genetically modified plants, medical genetics, molecular evolution, developmental biology, DNA fingerprinting and bioinformatics.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Most Genetics graduates work in:

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Biotechnology, pharmaceutical and genomics companies
  • Forensic science laboratories
  • Agribiotech and horticulture companies
  • Food and drink companies

Many graduates study for a higher degree (MSc/PhD), or obtain additional professional qualifications such as in Medicine and Dentistry.

MSc programmes at UCD include the areas of BiotechnologyBiotechnology and Business, and Biotherapeutics.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Genetics. Topics include evolution, genetic disease and biotechnology, as well as core modules in biomolecular and biomedical science.

First Year

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

Second Year

  • Genetics
  • + 2 Other Science Subjects
  • Elective Modules

 

 

Third Year

  • Genetics
  • Elective Modules

Fourth Year

  • Genetics (includes a research project)

All Science courses are full time, with many student timetables running from 9.00am to 5.00pm or later. Depending on the subject choices, a weekly timetable can include lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

For detailed information on subject content click here

International Study Opportunities

Genetics students in third year have to date studied in:

  • University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • University of California, Irvine, USA
  • University of Connecticut, USA
  • Queen’s University, Canada

Genetics students also have the opportunity to carry out their fourth year project at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Testimonial

“I chose to do a degree in Genetics as I find it incredible how our genes are influenced by the way we live and how this interaction can play such a key role in our overall health. Genetics in UCD is excellent at providing the most up-to date information in the field, from recent discoveries to the latest cutting-edge technologies. One of my personal highlights was the final year research project, which gave me a unique opportunity to gain invaluable lab experience. As Genetics is a cornerstone of all scientific disciplines, a major advantage of the degree is the flexibility it offers in terms of career prospects. I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Edinburgh and every day I find myself putting the knowledge and experience I gained at UCD to the best possible use.”

– Sarah Kent, Graduate

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