Biotechnology - Research

Entry requirements

To register for a Postgraduate Research programme, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to Lower Second Class Honours or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic. See

•PhD: Candidates holding an appropriate Master's degree obtained by research may apply for direct entry to the PhD register to conduct research in a cognate area.

•PhD-track: Candidates with a taught Master's degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, and candidates with a primary degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, grade one, may apply and be considered for entry to the PhD-track register with a view to proceeding towards a PhD. Such candidates will undergo a confirmation procedure, as outlined in the Academic Regulations,
before being admitted to the PhD register.

•Master's by Research: Candidates holding a primary degree equivalent to a second-class honours, grade two, may apply for entry on the research Master's register. Students on the Master's register may apply for transfer to the PhD Register under the same conditions, and using the same procedure, as PhD-track candidates requesting confirmation on the PhD register.

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DCD01 PhD - Biotechnology (Part-Time)
DCD02 PhD - Biotechnology (Full-Time)
DCD03 MSc - Biotechnology (Full-Time)
DCD04 MSc - Biotechnology (Part-Time)
DCD05 PhD-track - Biotechnology (Full-Time)
DCD06 PhD-track - Biotechnology (Part-Time)


Welcome to the School of Biotechnology

Our mission in the School is to understand living things and systems and manipulate them in a controlled, deliberate way for the benefit of humanity. Everything from genetic screening to cancer research to drug development to large scale bioprocessing, to waste treatment to generating cleaner, greener energy, comes within the field of biotechnology.

Biotechnology has revolutionized traditional industries like food processing and brewing. It has also given rise to new technologies for industrial production of enzymes, antibiotics, therapeutic proteins, novel and functional foods, as well as the processing of waste materials.

The School of Biotechnology houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers, teaching both biological sciences and bioprocess engineering at undergraduate level, and researching in a wide variety of disciplines.

The School of Biotechnology has an excellent track record for obtaining both national and international funding, with a high impact in publications and in attracting postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers. The School's six priority research areas are:

Cell Biology and Immunology
Genetics and Genomics
Bioanalysis, Biochemistry and Proteomics
Microbiology, Energy and Environmental Science
Membrane Science and Technology

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  • Qualification letters

    PhD / MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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