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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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CW117
Biosciences

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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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3 Years
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240

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240

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Points History:

2013 - 240
2012 - 280
2011 - 270
2010 - 275
2009 - 215
2008 - 260
2007 - 220

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Biotechnology involves the use of living organisms (mostly microbes) to produce useful products.

It includes traditional processes like brewing, cheesemaking and modern developments such as genetic engineering which can lead to new drugs against cancer and other diseases.

This course provides training in the study of production, process monitoring, and quality and control of biology, which includes the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, environmental, and biotechnological sectors.


 
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Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Technical, Supervisory or Management areas of the Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Environmental or Biotechnological industries.



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