This four-year honours degree programme equips students with a broad skill-base ensuring graduates will have a wide range of career options. The first year of this programme provides students with a foundation in science and subjects are common for all students. After Year 1, students separate in to their chosen specialist area from a choice of three areas:
Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals (BPH)
Brewing & Distilling (BRD)
Environmental Science (ENV)
By choosing ‘CEY’ Common Entry applicants are applying for a place on the programme but postponing the decision as to which science speciality to opt for until the end of Year 1. This allows students time to explore the future career choices open to graduates in the different specialism streams. Expert guidance will be available from lecturing staff members in the Institute and ultimate choices can then be considered in light of academic performance across a range of science subject areas.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
QQI FET/FETAC Links
This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
This programmes is specifically designed to produce highly employable graduates for the Biotechnology industry but with additional skills in Bioforensics. Graduates will be able to work in the Biotechnology sector and in a broad range of research areas in the Biological Sciences.