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Applied Biology

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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.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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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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3 Years
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This programme allows you an opportunity to study the key areas in Applied Biology including Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Science, Biotechnology, Genetics, Bio-forensics, and Healthcare. You will also gain hands on experience of state of the art laboratory techniques, merging both traditional and cutting edge technologies in the life sciences.

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LC260 - Applied Biology
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LC260 - Applied Biology
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The programme offers you diverse employment opportunities in key growth areas qithin the life sciences. As a graduate you will have excellent career prospects and employment opportunities in a range of sectors such as the Biotechnology, Food, Healthcare, Environmental, Biopharmaceutical and more. Jobs include: 

  • Microbiologist
  • Food Analyst
  • Biochemist
  • Quality Control Analyst

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