Please note: Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Applied Biosciences.
What is Applied Biosciences?
Applied Biosciences is the study of complex biological systems, and how they work, for example how bacteria generate energy from the breakdown of sugars. Applied Biosciences also involves the use of living organisms and bioprocesses in engineering, technology, medicine and agriculture – in other words, the application of scientific and technical advances in the life sciences to develop commercial products.
About the Course
In CR 006 Applied Biosciences, Years 1 and 2 are common. Students will not be required to choose their preferred qualification (Food & Health Science or Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology) until the beginning of Year 3.
Knowledge of environmental science, analytical techniques, quality management and bioprocessing are seen as key requirements and these disciplines are studied in detail. Laboratory work forms a substantial part of the course. The development of high-level laboratory skills and the ability to use them in the service of advanced industrial biology are key aims of the course. Opportunities currently exist for a number of students on courses to participate in EU funded exchange programmes involving colleges and enterprises in Europe.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology meets the demands of biotechnology, food and pharmaceutical industries for technologists and analysts. In addition, the requirements of the services and research laboratories for staff trained in advanced biologically based analytical techniques are met by graduates of the course.
The Bachelor of Science in Food & Health Science meets the changing needs of the Food, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries for technicians and analysts. Graduates are in great demand from multinational pharmaceutical companies, as well as the traditional employers in the food and drink sectors.
Advanced manufacturing in the food, health care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and chemical industries have been employment destinations for graduates of this course as well as state and local authority laboratories.
Formal work placement (minimum of 16 weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3. The placement may be organised for Ireland or abroad.
Do I need to have Chemistry and Physics coming into the course?
No, the Chemistry and Physics modules taught in first year are designed for students who enter the programme without prior knowledge of these subjects. In addition, the CIT Academic Learning Centre provides additional free tutorial support for both these modules.
What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
The best students and professional biotechnologists all possess a keen interest in biology and a desire to understand how complex biological processes work.
“I completed the BSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology in 2015, which gave me the opportunity to further my education and achieved a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. On completion of CIT's MSc in Computational Biology in 2018, I received a RISÁM scholarship with CIT to pursue a PhD in collaboration with Teagasc.
My PhD research focuses on the gut microbiome and the use of biotherapeutics to target bacteria associated with colorectal cancer. Throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in CIT, I gained the knowledge and skills that enabled me to take on roles in industry as a Food Microanalyst and a Clinical Trial Assistant.”
Dr Mark Fenton
“I completed the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biosciences in 2006 and qualified for a research grant from Science Foundation Ireland. I joined the research group in CIT’s Department of Biological Sciences.
Here, I undertook research into the purification, characterisation and therapeutic applications of a novel cloned protein for the control of antibiotic resistant bacteria, namely MRSA.
In 2011, on completion of my PhD, I began work as a Bioprocess Scientist at Eli Lilly. This role involves technical support and writing to support the development, validation, and commercialisation of novel biomedicines for the treatment of a range of diseases from diabetes to cancer.
I had encountered and gained valuable practical experience to many of these topics during both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in CIT.”