Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in DNA and Forensic Science
2023 CAO Points: 440
Leaving Certificate Requirements
Minimum Number of
Minimum Grade in
English OR Irish
QQI/FET Award Required
|Any full Level 5 or 6 award||A distinction in 3 modules is required|
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
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 6.0 overall (or equivalent).
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.
This course is recognised by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Graduate Job Titles:
- Forensic Analyst
- Quality Controller
- Quality Assurance
- Process Development
- Regulatory Compliance Officer
- Biology 1
- Chemistry I
- Critical Skills Development
- Introduction to Forensic Science
- Laboratory Skills I for Forensics
- Mathematics 1 for Science Students
- Biology 2
- Chemistry 2
- Laboratory Skills II for Forensics
- Mathematics 2 for Science Students
- Chromatography & Evidence Searching (Arson & Explosives)
- Laboratory Skills III for Forensics
- General Microbiology
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
- Principles of Genetics
- Laboratory Skills IV for Forensics
- Spectroscopic Techniques
- Analytical Techniques 1
- Forensic Genetics
- Good Manufacturing Practice and Quality Systems
- Laboratory Skills V for Forensics
- Organic Reactions and Mechanisms
- DNA Analysis I
- Law and Ethics for Forensics
- Laboratory Skills VI for Forensic Science
- Materials and Trace Analysis
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Integrated Lab Techniques
- Statistics for Forensics
- Forensic Toxicology
- Advanced Analytical Techniques and Impression Evidence
- 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.