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CR 335

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 335
  • Field of StudyAgri-Biosciences,Nutriotion & Health ,Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 Years (8 semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 381

What is Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences is an exciting and rapidly developing subject area, with many applications in the pharmaceutical, food and healthcare, and agri-food industries. Biological Sciences is the study of life and living organisms. In particular, it is the study of how cells work and how they can function individually (like bacteria) or collectively (like plants and animals). There are many branches of study in Biology and many of these specialised areas can be studied in CIT's Department of Biological Sciences.


First Year at a Glance

As well as learning the main core science subjects in first year, new students will be exposed to the following:

  • Evaluating the role of food in health, wellness, and nutrition space
  • Making biological medicines: learn the basics of how cells can be used to make modern medicines
  • Understanding the role of microbiology, physiology and biotechnology in the agri-food sector
  • Perform experimental laboratory procedures

The Common Biological Sciences programme is a two-year course designed for students interested in Biological Sciences as a career, but who may be unsure of which discipline to follow.

The scheme gives students the opportunity to see the three disciplines areas, first hand, through the various modules on offer, interaction with lecturers, and industrial site visits. This allows the student to make an informed decision on their discipline of study.

On successfully completing this 2-year programme, students can enter the third year programme from any of the following Honours Biological Science Degrees:













Short Description of progression honour degree programmes


For more information, please visit the Department's website https://biologicalsciences.cit.ie

Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of the role of biotechnology in agri-food and animal sciences to support and develop technologies (e.g. health, reproduction and diagnostics) for the improvement of global agri-food production systems.


Nutrition and Health
Graduates will be able to apply their understanding of human nutrition and its role in health and disease to various sectors of the food and health industry, and identify and address nutrition-related problems in individuals and populations.


Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Graduates will be able to grow and engineer biological cells in order to make safe and effective medicines using the most up-to-date information and technologies available.


Question Time

Am I guaranteed my choice of study at the end of Year 2?
Yes. Successful completion of the Common Entry Biological Sciences programme ensures guaranteed entry to Year 3 of the BSc (Honours) programme of choice from the list given.


Is there work placement?
Students will undertake a mandatory work placement in Year 3 for a duration of either 6 months (Agri-Biosciences) or 16 weeks (Nutrition and Health Science/Pharmaceutical Biotechnology).


Do I need to have studied Chemistry at Leaving Certificate to apply for this course?
No. Students study Biological Chemistry 1 and Biological Chemistry 2 modules in first year, these modules are designed for students who do not have Chemistry as a Leaving Certificate subject.

In addition, the CIT Academic Learning Centre provides tutorial support for first year Chemistry modules.

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.


For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

Possible Areas of Employment

Depends on specialisation


  • Biopharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industries
  • Food and Healthcare Industries
  • Agri-food Sector

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.


For detailed module information, please click here

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