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DNA and Forensic Analysis / DNA agus Anailís Fhóiréinseach

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in DNA and Forensic Science

2022 CAO Points: 462

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of




 2 H5's

Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award A distinction in 3 modules is required

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.

The application of scientific knowledge and techniques is of growing significance in legal cases in the real world as well as in fiction, but there is also an increasing demand in many industries for the skills of an analyst in biotechnology and forensics, so this course may lead you to an exciting career.

Forensic science is the application of scientific knowledge and techniques in support of the legal process. The application of DNA technologies in forensics, and a wide range of industries and the state laboratories, has increased hugely.

This course will provide you with a broad knowledge and understanding of the core biological and chemical sciences. You’ll develop practical and problem-solving skills in the laboratory in pharmaceutical, biological and chemical & forensic analysis, as well as both theoretical understanding and practical skills in DNA fingerprinting technology. You’ll acquire the multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills and competencies to be able to work effectively as an analyst in biotechnology, healthcare, chemical, pharmaceutical and forensic laboratories.

The biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries continue to expand, but expert reports suggest a shortfall in the number of suitable graduates. The biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries are particularly strong in Ireland at present. Graduates will be well placed to work in these industries.

Professional Accreditation

This course is recognised by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

  • Forensics
  • Biotechnology
  • Biopharma
  • Healthcare

Graduate Job Titles:

  • Forensic Analyst
  • Analyst
  • Quality Controller
  • Quality Assurance
  • Process Development
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer

Semester 1

  • Biology 1
  • Chemistry I
  • Critical Skills Development
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Laboratory Skills I for Forensics
  • Mathematics 1 for Science Students

Semester 2

  • Biology 2
  • Chemistry 2
  • Laboratory Skills II for Forensics
  • Mathematics 2 for Science Students
  • Physics

Semester 3

  • Chromatography & Evidence Searching (Arson & Explosives)
  • Laboratory Skills III for Forensics
  • General Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Statistics

Semester 4

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Laboratory Skills IV for Forensics
  • Spectroscopic Techniques

Semester 5

  • Analytical Techniques 1
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Good Manufacturing Practice and Quality Systems
  • Laboratory Skills V for Forensics
  • Organic Reactions and Mechanisms

Semester 6

  • DNA Analysis I
  • Law and Ethics for Forensics
  • Laboratory Skills VI for Forensic Science
  • Materials and Trace Analysis
  • Pharmacology

Semester 7

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Integrated Lab Techniques
  • Statistics for Forensics
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques and Impression Evidence

Semester 8

  • Organic & Polymer Chemistry
  • Criminal Evidence Evaluation and Presentation
  • DNA analysis II
  • Drug Analysis
  • Project for Forensic Science

Please note, there is no advanced entry to this course.

I loved the on-campus crime scene aspect to the course. Really enjoyed the mock trial in the court room you experience. This showed us all aspects of what you could encounter in Forensic Analysis.

On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

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