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If you are considering full-time scientific research, try to get a work placement in a university department so you can see first hand what it’s like. It’s a relatively relaxed, flexible environment, but there is a certain degree of self-motivation needed. 

So I would say you need to be able to push  yourself and be proactive in terms of setting up collaborations with other scientists etc.
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CK405
Genetics

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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The BSc Genetics will teach you to understand how genes work in individuals and populations. On this course, particular emphasis is placed on the molecular basis of genetics, but all facets are covered throughout the degree and all graduates have a strong foundation in modern genetics. 


 
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Must have distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification which must include the following four modules:
C20006 or 5N2746 or C20041 or 5N0737
C20011 or 5N2747
C20033 or 5N2751
C20139 or 5N1833

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Graduates specifically competitive for positions in the biotechnology sector where genetics is one of the underlying sciences behind the industry.

The following are some of the companies that have recently recruited students from the course:

  • Abtran
  • Advertising Standards Authority
  • Anulab CUM
  • Biosciences Institute
  • Clonakilty Community Hospital
  • Education and Research Center
  • Eirx Therapeutics
  • Human Genetics Division, University of Southampton
  • Kerry Ingredients



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