Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biochemistry

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biochemistry

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 the biotechnology sector 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 or “Biopharmaceuticals” (e.g. Insulins or Interferons), engineered plants, which are drought or pesticide resistant or transgenic animals displaying some novel characteristic, such as faster growth.

Admission requirements

Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade O3/H7 in Mathematics and a Grade H4in any one of the following: Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Biology, Chemistry,Physics, Physics with Chemistry.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • General Chemistry 1
  • Biology 1
  • Science Mathematics1
  • Laboratory Calculations
  • Introduction to Environmental & Biosciences
  • Introduction to Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Scientific Computations

Semester 2

  • Biology for Biosciences
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • IntroductiontoPHYSICS
  • Science Mathematics 2
  • General Chemistry 2 (INORGANIC)
  • General Chemistry 2 (PHYSICAL)

Year 2

Semester 3

  • General Microbiology
  • Biomolecules
  • Organic Chemistry 2A (1)
  • Analytical Chemistry 1A
  • Science Maths 3

Semester 4

  • Industrial Biochemistry 1
  • Introduction to Quality Management
  • Proteins and DNA
  • Analytical Chemistry 2A
  • Science Maths 4

Year 3

Semester 5

  • Bioprocess Engineering 1
  • Microbial Technology 2
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry 3
  • Safety and Industry

Semester 6

  • Cooperative Education


  • Cooperative Education

Year 4

Semester 7

  • Bioprocess Engineering for Biochemists
  • Biochemistry Project 1
  • Bioinformatics
  • Chemometrics

Semester 8

  • Industrial Biochemistry 2
  • Immunology and DNA Diagnostic Techniques
  • Biochemistry Project 2
  • Cell Biochemistry

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Full Time Tution fee for 2021/2022:

  • EU Fee: 7,356€
  • Non EU Fee: 16,794€


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

  • Understanding complex biological processes
  • Assembling arguments and engaging in debate
  • Thinking independently and problem-solving
  • Full and critical
  • Critical, analytical and practical skills
  • Numeracy
  • Communication, presentation and IT skills
  • Teamwork
  • Self-management and professional development

Continuing studies

  • PhD in a relevant research field
  • Bachelor of Medicines, Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry)
  • Graduate Diploma in Chemical Engineering
  • MA in Business Management

Career paths

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Biotech Production
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Irish Research Council
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Manufacturing Biochemist
  • Process Technician
  • QC Analyst
  • Quality Officer
  • Research and Development Analyst
  • Technical Support

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University of Limerick

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University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

Phone no: +353 61 202414
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