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Biotechnology / Bith-theicneolaíocht

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) In Biotechnology

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements 

At least O4/H7 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry, or Biology.

QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements


CASFX / 5M5267 Food Science
CASLT / 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques   



C20006 / 5N2746 Biology
C20011 / 5N2747 Chemistry
D20022 Food Chemistry
C20041 / 5N0737 Microbiology
C20024 / 5N5245 Food Processing
C20140 / 5N2006 Nutrition
C20048 / 5N1460 Physics
B20029 / 5N2066 Statistics
D20127 / 5N5245 Food Preservation & Processing
D20001 / 5N0749 Anatomy & Physiology
C20033 / 5N2751 Laboratory Skills
C20049 / 5N2528 Plant Science
D20165 / 5N1794 Safety & Health at Work
C20139 / 5N1833 Mathematics
Leaving Certificate Mathematics 04/H7

Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline


In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Biotechnology is a dynamic field that combines biology, chemistry, genetics, and engineering to drive innovation and address global challenges. It utilises biological systems to create groundbreaking new products and technologies in healthcare, agriculture and environmental protection. It also helps pave the way for developing new drugs, improving crop yields, producing biofuels and even cleaning up polluted environments.

Why Choose Biotechnology?

There are several compelling reasons to choose Biotechnology as a career path:

Interdisciplinary Expertise: Biotechnology provides students with knowledge across multiple scientific domains, including biology, chemistry, genetics, and engineering. This interdisciplinary approach opens up diverse career opportunities.

Innovative Research: Biotechnology students engage in cutting-edge research, exploring novel technologies that shape society and drive significant advancements. This field is at the forefront of scientific innovation.

Addressing Global Challenges: Biotechnology plays a crucial role in solving pressing global issues such as disease, hunger, and environmental pollution. Students have the opportunity to contribute to finding solutions and making a positive impact on the world.

Thriving Career Prospects: The biotechnology industry is experiencing rapid growth, leading to high demand for graduates. Exciting career opportunities exist in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, agriculture, environmental science, and academia.

Ethical Engagement: Biotechnology raises ethical questions related to genetic engineering and cloning. Studying biotechnology equips students to navigate these debates and develop a deeper understanding of the ethical implications of scientific advancements.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Biotechnology offers fertile ground for entrepreneurship. Many professionals establish their ventures, creating innovative products and technologies. Students interested in entrepreneurship will find abundant prospects in the biotech industry.

Global Impact: Biotechnology transcends borders, offering a globally relevant education. Graduates collaborate on international projects, contributing to scientific advancements and collaborations worldwide.

Studying biotechnology opens doors to scientific discovery, innovation, and meaningful contributions to critical global challenges. It provides an opportunity to make a tangible impact on the world through scientific research and technological advancements. Start your journey in biotechnology today to embrace this opportunity.

Study Abroad Opportunities

You can choose to study abroad for a semester or year where you will undertake a work placement or project.

Work Placement

A period of industrial placement takes place during Year 3.

Biotechnology has a significant impact on a variety of industries, including agriculture, healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, food processing, brewing, the environment, chemicals and waste valorisation. Many employment opportunities exist for graduates. Examples include:

  • Bioprocess Scientist: design and develop processes to manufacture bio-based products, e.g., biofuels, bioplastics, and biochemicals in Industry
  • Bioinformatics Specialist: use computational tools to analyse and interpret biological data (e.g., genomic, proteomic) to support research and development in industrial biotechnology
  • Sales/Marketing/Technical
  • Representative for biotechnology and biorefinery products (e.g Instruments, final product) and services
  • Research Scientist
  • Cell culture Technician
  • Biomanufacturing Technician upstream/downstream
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Microbiologist
  • Agricultural, Biopharma and Food

Graduates may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide. ​

There is a range of taught postgraduate courses (in Ireland and abroad) on aspects of biotechnology, and there may also be research opportunities for graduates on specific biotechnological topics.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

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City Centre: Grangegorman

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