Biotechnology - Research

Entry requirements

To register for a postgraduate research degree, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to 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.

I.PhD applicants should hold a masters degree by research from a recognised university.

II.Applicants who do not hold a postgraduate research qualification e.g. Masters by Research (or equivalent) are only eligible to register on the 'PhD-track register' which is stage 1 of the PhD programme. On successful completion of the transfer process (report and interview within 21 months of their start date) a student on the 'PhD-track register' will be transferred to the 'PhD register' with effect from their original start date in the university. Students who do not successfully complete the transfer may be eligible to graduate with a Masters at this stage.

III.For those interested in applying for a Masters degree by research, an honours primary degree is necessary (preferably at least 2:1) in the discipline in which they intend to undertake the research.

It may also be possible to move from the Masters register to the PhD register on successful completion of a transfer process, as outlined above, if the student made sufficient progress.


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)

Further enquiries

General enquires to the School: 01-700 5284, Email:

Research areas

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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