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LM064 - Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biochemistry

Course Details

Course Code: LM064

Level: Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2013: 360
Course Leader: Dr. Tewfik Soulimane
Phone: 00 353 61 234133
Email: tewfik.soulimane@ul.ie

Admissions
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Email: www.ul.ie/admissions

The Student Experience

Course Description

About You

Are you interested in biological sciences and wish to delve deeper? Would you like to understand how living things work, evolve and function at the molecular level? Do you want to prepare for a future where molecular biology will be at the coalface of human endeavour? Then this course might be for you.

Why Study Industrial Biochemistry at UL?

The B.Sc. In Industrial Biochemistry is a degree programme in biotechnology. It focuses upon the study of living cells (or components of living cells) and the medical/industrial applications of such substances. It is designed to prepare you for a career in biotechnology and allied industries, and has a very strong employment record.

Examples of traditional biotechnological processes include the use of microorganisms to produce alcohol or antibiotics. Examples of more modern biotechnological processes include the use of genetic engineering to produce protein based drugs (e.g. Interferons), engineered plants, which are drought or pesticide resistant or transgenic animals displaying some novel characteristic, such as faster growth.

The core subjects studied include:

  • Biochemistry (study of the structure and biological function of cellular molecules such as proteins and DNA, and how these molecules interact to form living cells)
  • Industrial biochemistry (study of the applications of biological molecules for medical, industrial, environmental, agricultural or analytical purposes)
  • Microbial technology (study of the biology and uses of bacteria, fungi, yeast and viruses)
  • Genetic engineering (identification, isolation, engineering and expression of genes in order to gain new insights into gene function or for the generation of gene-mediated industrial/medical products)
  • Bioprocess technology (aspects of industrial-scale biotechnology manufacturing/processing)
  • Analytical science (methods and techniques used to detect and quantify biological molecules/chemicals in samples, for example measurement of hormone levels in blood or pesticide levels in water)

In addition to these a number of other relevant subjects are also undertaken, including computing, chemistry, maths and bioinformatics.

Course Structure

The programme is of four years duration.The first year provides you with the required academic foundation in:

  • Biology
  • Introductory industrial biochemistry
  • Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Introductory physics

The second year builds upon these fundamentals, introducing you to courses in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Microbial technology
  • Bioprocess technology
  • Analytical sciences

During the third and fourth years you will undertake additional modules in biochemistry, genetic engineering, microbial technology, diagnostics, applied immunology and bioinformatics. In the final year a stream of elective modules allows the student to specialise in topics such as Biomaterials (new materials in the medical device industry), entrepreneurship and other business options. A project, which is undertaken throughout the final year, allows a problem to be analysed in depth and, if you’re interested in postgraduate research, gives you the opportunity to carry out an exploratory investigation of a potential research topic.

During the spring semester of year 3 and the subsequent summer, a period of Cooperative Education (student placement in industry) provides experience of the practice and application of industrial biochemistry in a working environment. Such relevant industrial experience, gained either at home or abroad, has proven particularly beneficial to students seeking employment in industry after completing their studies.

By the end of this course

You will have a deep knowledge of the concepts, facts and technologies that underpin industrial biochemistry. These areas include biochemistry, microbiology, genetic engineering, biotechnology and biochemical engineering. From here you will be very well placed to gain employment directly in industry, or go on to further studies, either within Ireland or internationally.

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Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
BC4401 Intro. to Ind Biochemistry BY4002 Biology 2
BY4001 Biology 1 CH4012 General Chemistry 2
CH4701 General Chemistry 1 CH4102 Organic Chemistry 1
CS4001 Computer Appls. for Scientists 1 MA4602 Science Maths 2
MA4601 Science Maths 1 PH4022 Physics for Envir. & Biosciences

Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Vacation
BC4803 Microbial Technology 1A BC4705 Industrial Biochemistry 1
BC4903 Biomolecules PT4004 Introduction to Quality Management
CH4103 Organic Chemistry 2A (1) BC4904 Proteins and DNA
CH4303 Analytical Chemistry 1A CH4304 Analytical Chemistry 2A
MA4603 Science Maths 3 MA4604 Science Maths 4

Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Vacation
CG4003 Bioprocess Engineering 1 Cooperative Education Cooperative Education
BC4825 Microbial Technology 2
BC4905 Genetic Engineering
CH4305 Analytical Chemistry 3
ER4627 Safety and Industry

Year 4 Semester 7 Semester 8
CG4017 Bioprocess Engineering 2 BC4718 Industrial Biochemistry 2
BC4917 Biochemistry Project 1 BC4008 Immunology and DNA Diagnostic Techniques
BC4957 Bioinformatics BC4918 Biochemistry Project 2
MA4605 Chemometrics BC4907 Cell Biochemistry
Elective: Choose 1 of following; Elective: Choose 1 of following;
ER4507 Waste Management 1 ER4508 Waste Management 2
EP4315 Enterprise Formation EP4408 Small Business Consulting
MT4017 Biomaterials 1 MT4018 Biomaterials 2

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects (including Mathematics; Irish or another language; and English).

In addition applicants are required to hold at least the following in the Leaving Certificate or an approved equivalent: Grade C3 in Higher Level Mathematics and a Grade D3 in a Higher or Ordinary Level paper in any one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Design & Communication Graphics, Technology, Biology, Agricultural Science.

OR Grade B3 in Ordinary Level Mathematics (Grade D3 in Higher Level Mathematics also suffices) and Grade C3 in one of the following Higher Level papers: Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Biology.

Students can also enter this programme of study via Science Choice LM117 – see details at the end of this Science and Engineering section. A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Career Prospects

Careers open to you with a degree in Industrial Biochemistry include;

  • Biochemist
  • Teacher
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Patent Agent

Previous graduates have been appointed to roles in areas such as quality, production R&D in the following industries;

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Diagnostics
  • Medical devices
  • Brewing
  • Industrial enzyme/ natural products
  • Food/dairy
  • Clinical biochemistry (e.g. hospital/private testing labs)
  • Scientific civil service
  • Teaching/lecturing
  • University/government research
  • Technical (scientific) writing/editing
  • Patent Office

While many of our students go directly into employment after graduating, some continue their studies at postgraduate level, gaining masters degrees or doctorates in a range of subject disciplines.

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