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Biological & Biomolecular Science

MSc Biological and Biomolecular Science

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Negotiated Learning: student and academic discuss goals, and tailor suitable programme

MSc Biological & Biomolecular Science (Negotiated Learning) currently offers specialisations in the following areas of biological and biomolecular sciences:‌

Genetics & Cell Biology: investigates cellular signalling, architecture, imaging, trafficking and transport, genetic basis of disease, model organisms, epigenetics, etc.

Microbiology & Infection Biology: investigates mechanisms of pathogenic micro organisms, host response to infection, immunopathologies, host-pathogen interactions, development of diagnostics, applied microbiology, etc.

Biochemistry & Synthetic Biology:investigates metabolism and diease, protein-protein interactions, cell signalling, protein structure and analysis.

Who should apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This programme is suited for students who require flexibility to broaden their understanding of biological and biomolecular science. Several innovative specialisations are available from a carefully chosen range of modules, with guidance provided from expert faculty to tailor a programme that will meet the student's requirements.

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants who have at least an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) degree, or the international equivalent, in a life science or chemical science. Examples of an appropriate BSc subject include, but are not restricted to, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Immunology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry.

If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

This programme will enable you to choose from a wide range of careers and areas of postgraduate study. This multi-disciplinary course provides a solid grounding for careers in industry, health and research, such as Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Microbiology, Process Control, Technical Transfer, Research and Development, and Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Editor or Writer, Lab Technician or Analyst roles.

An academic staff member will advise you on a specialisation and module choices based on opportunities of interest to you.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Gavin Stewart
Contact Number:+353 (0)1716 2131

Subjects taught

Negotiated Learning is a process where a student and academic discuss the components of a qualification required to meet the student's stated goals. In the context of this MSc programme, students will discuss which 40 credits of taught components are appropriate, relating to their current strengths and weaknesses, and their future career goals in industry or academia. The MSc in Biological and Biomolecular Science is the first of its kind offered in Ireland by Negotiated Learning.

Core Laboratory Research Skills (30 credits across three semesters): including techniques such as RT-PCR, Western Blotting, and imaging studies. Research skills modules will be conducted in a dedicated Research Skills lab in the UCD Conway Institute and the new facilities in the O'Brien Centre for Science

Core (taught) Professional Skills Modules (20 credits):
Data Management and Interpretation
Professional Career Development
Science Writing and communication Skills
Quantitative Tools for the Life Sciences

Optional Taught modules (40 credits)
involves selecting one of the following specialisations and selecting specific modules within these that meet the student's learning objectives. (indicative module list is not exhaustive, and is subject to change)

Genetics & Cell Biology
Regulation of Gene Expression
Cellular Architecture
Animal Development
Genetic Basis of Disease
Programmed Cell Death in Plants
Genomics and Proteomics
Model Organism Genetics
Advanced Cell Biology
Genetics, Disease & Behaviour
Cell Signalling in Plants
Genetic Basis of Behaviour
Development Plant Genetics
Molecular Phylogenetics
Membrane Trafficking
Epithelial Transport in Animal Physiology

Microbiology & Infection Biology
Ecological and Environmental Microbiology
Microbial Cell Factory
Microbial Physiology
Microbial Diversity and Growth
Applied Microbiology
Skills in Microbiology
Microbial Pathogeneticity
Foodborne Pathogens
Enzyme Technology and Protein Engineering
Natural Product Synthesis

Biochemistry & Synthetic Biology
Metabolism and Disease
Biochemist's Toolkit
Proteins and Enzymes
Advanced Cell Signalling
Biological NMR
Protein Structure and Analysis
Biochemical Research Strategies
Regulation of Gene Expression
Genomics and Proteomics
Enzyme Technology and Protein Engineering
Natural Product Synthesis


Negotiated Learning: student and academic discuss goals, and tailor suitable programme

This is a flexible programme where the students can design and control their training experience

Offers specialisations in Genetics & Cell Biology, Microbiology & Infection Biology, Biochemistry & Synthetic Biology

The modules are delivered by research active academic staff with worldwide reputation

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MSc Biological and Biomolecular Science (F104) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7720
non- EU fee per year - € 24200

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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