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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Stage 2 (BBC2)

Undergraduate (Level NFQ, Credits )
Academic Year 2024/2025
Internships Available
Study Abroad
Scholarships Available
Sustainable Development Goals
Duration:
4 Year(s)
Next Intake:
2024/2025 September
General Entry Requirements (A-Level)

ABB / BBBD /
BBB + D AS Level

General Entry Requirements (IB)

29

Subject Requirements (Mathematics)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Subject Requirements (Laboratory Science)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
Visit the UCD Global Undergraduate Entry Requirements webpage.

Curricular information is subject to change.

In this degree subject, you will explore life at the molecular level. This will enable you to pursue a career in biomedical and biomolecular science. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology explores the chemistry of living organisms and cells. It involves the study of the molecules that play a role in the function of the cell and the molecular basis for changes in the cell and tissues that can lead to disease. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology forms the foundation for understanding all biological processes and occupy a central position in modern biological and biomedical research.

Information on all our courses including pathways, internships and careers information is available in the UCD Science Undergraduate Courses Entry 2024 Brochure (PDF).

Lectures are delivered by staff of international renown in their field, many of whom are practising toxicologists. Study days and e-learning are utilised to maximise flexibility in how students manage their study time.

  • Highly trained faculty  in the area of Toxicology deliver the course content
  • Guest speakers deliver ‘state of the art’ contributions 
  • Content has been approved by the Register of Toxicologists in Ireland 

About this Course

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is one of the degree subjects available through the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream in the common entry Science course.
Students study similar modules for all degree subjects in the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream in first year and will study modules for a minimum of two degree subjects in second year. At the end of second year, students choose their degree major. Assuming students meet all the academic requirements in first and second year, students are guaranteed a degree subject from the stream they are studying in second year. We do our best to ensure that students go on to study their top degree subject choice. As we offer plenty of degree subjects in each stream, students have a number of similar degree subjects to choose from as their degree major. For more information on choosing a degree major at the end of Second Year, visit the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream page.

This is a sample set of modules that a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology student could study each year in UCD.

First Year
Scientific Enquiry • Cell Biology & Genetics • Basis of Organic and Biological Chemistry • Biomedical Sciences • Biology in Action • Life on Earth • Linear Algebra for Science • Calculus for Science • Optional Science Modules • Elective Module

Second Year
Biomolecular Lab Skills • Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology • Biomolecular Sciences • Biochemistry in Action • Chemistry for Biology • + modules for 2 other Science Subjects • Elective Modules

Third Year
Metabolism & Disease • Proteins & Enzymes • Regulation of Gene Expression • Cell Signalling • Biochemist’s Toolkit • Molecular Basis of Disease • Genomics & Proteomics • Advanced Cell Biology • Elective Modules

Fourth Year
Biochemistry Research Project (includes a research project in diverse areas, such as protein engineering, neurochemistry, cancer studies, the regulation of gene expression, molecular immunology and endocrinology) • Protein Structure & Analysis • Biochemistry Research Strategies • Advanced Cell Signalling • Advanced Neurochemistry • Enzyme Technology & Protein Engineering

Timetables & Assessment
Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full-time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

Below is a list of all modules offered for this degree in the current academic year. Click on the module to discover what you will learn in the module, how you will learn and assessment feedback profile amongst other information.

Incoming Stage 1 undergraduates can usually select an Elective in the Spring Trimester. Most continuing undergraduate students can select up to two Elective modules (10 Credits) per stage. There is also the possibility to take up to 10 extra Elective credits.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
SCI10010 Principles of Scientific Enquiry Autumn

5

BIOL10110 Cell Biology & Genetics Spring

5

CHEM10050 Basis of Organic and Biological Chemistry Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options
     
ACM10080 Introduction to Applied and Computational Mathematics Autumn

5

BIOL00010 Fundamentals of Biology Autumn

5

BIOL10130 Biology in Action Autumn

5

BIOL10140 Life on Earth Autumn

5

CHEM00010 Introductory Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM10040 The Molecular World Autumn

5

CHEM20100 Basis of Inorganic Chemistry Autumn

5

COMP10010 Introduction to Programming I Autumn

5

COMP10290 Computation for Scientists Autumn

5

MATH00010 Introduction to Mathematics Autumn

5

MATH10040 Numbers & Functions Autumn

5

MATH10310 Calculus for Science Autumn

5

MATH10350 Calculus in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Autumn

5

PHIL10160 Critical Thinking Autumn

5

PHYC10050 Astronomy & Space Science Autumn

5

PHYC10070 Foundations of Physics Autumn

5

PHYC10210 Quanta, Particles & Relativity Autumn

5

PHYC10250 Thermal Physics and Materials Autumn

5

STAT10010 Research Methods Autumn

5

GEOL10050 Earth and Humanity Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

GEOL10060 Introduction to Earth Sciences Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

STAT10050 Practical Statistics Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ACM10060 Applications of Differential Equations Spring

5

ACM10090 Climate Change:Causes & Consequences Spring

5

BMOL10030 Biomedical Sciences: Understanding Human Disease. Spring

5

CHEM10100 Aspects of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology Spring

5

CHEM20140 Introductory Transition Metal Chemistry Spring

5

COMP10020 Introduction to Programming II Spring

5

COMP10060 Computer Science for Engineers I Spring

5

GEOL10020 Earth Science and Materials Spring

5

GEOL10030 Field Geology, Level 1 Spring

5

GEOL10040 Earth, Environment and Society Spring

5

MATH10290 Linear Algebra for Science Spring

5

MATH10320 Mathematical Analysis Spring

5

MATH10340 Linear Algebra in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Spring

5

MATH10410 Mathematics & Science Education & Communication Spring

5

PHYC10080 Frontiers of Physics Spring

5

STAT10060 Statistical Modelling Spring

5

Stage 1 Options
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
BMOL20060 Biomolecular Lab Skills 1 Autumn

5

BMOL20090 Molecular Genetics and Biotech Autumn

5

BMOL20110 Biomolecular Sciences Autumn

5

BIOC20060 Biochemistry in Action Spring

5

BMOL20070 Biomolecular Lab Skills 2 Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options
     
CHEM20090 Chemistry for Biology Autumn

5

Stage 2 Options
     
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
BIOC30010 Metabolism and Disease Autumn

5

BIOC30090 Proteins and Enzymes Autumn

5

BMOL30030 Regulation of Gene Expression Autumn

5

BMOL30040 Receptor-mediated cell signalling Autumn

5

BIOC30030 Biochemist's Toolkit Spring

5

BMOL30020 Molecular basis of disease Spring

5

BMOL30050 Genomics and Proteomics Spring

5

CELB30090 Advanced Cell Biology Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options
     
BMOL30090 Immunology Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

NEUR30080 Neuromuscular and Membrane Biology Autumn

5

STAT20070 Data Modelling for Science Autumn

5

CHEM30190 Chemistry of Biomolecules Spring

5

GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease Spring

5

GENE30040 Introduction to Programming for Biologists Spring

5

MICR30020 Microbial Cell Factory Spring

5

PHAR30050 Experimental and therapeutic strategies in molecular pharmacology Spring

5

Stage 3 Options
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
BIOC40070 Protein Structure and Analysis Autumn

5

BIOC40080 Biochemical Research Strategies and Problem Solving Autumn

5

BIOC40030 Advanced Cell Signalling Spring

5

BIOC40060 Advanced Neurochemistry Spring

5

MICR40070 Enzyme Technology and Protein Engineering Spring

5

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options
     
BIOC40090 Biochemistry research project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

BMOL40090 Research Project (Erasmus) 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

25

BMOL40200 Industry Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

25

BIOC40230 Biochemistry Career Skills Autumn

5

BMOL40100 Biomolecular Sci Research Proj Autumn

15

BMOL40400 Core Techniques in Biomolecular and Biomedical Science Autumn

15

NEUR40080 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Neurodegenerative Proteinopathies Autumn

5

BIOC40220 Hot topics in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Spring

5

BMOL30100 Leading Teams in the Scientific Enterprise Spring

5

BMOL40050 Advanced Cancer Biology and Pharmacology Spring

5

BMOL40340 Regenerative therapeutics Spring

5

GENE40030 Advanced Mechanisms of Gene Regulation Spring

5

MICR40040 Microbial Pathogenicity Spring

5

MICR40080 Microbial Natural Product Biosynthesis Spring

5

MICR40090 Systems Biology of Microorganisms Spring

5

NEUR40010 Molecular Neuroimmunology (UG) Spring

5

PHAR40040 Emerging therapies: Cloning, gene therapy and stem cells Spring

5

PHAR40160 Drug Discovery and Development II Spring

5

Students in their third year have spent time in Germany, United Kingdom and USA in universities such as Ruprechts-Karls-Universität, University of Edinburgh, University of California, San Diego, and University of Chicago.

Students in their fourth year have spent time at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Students have an opportunity to undertake an industry research placement for 6 months commencing in the Summer following Third Year (i.e. June-December). Assessment is based on a thesis, oral presentations and a laboratory report.

Students in recent years have completed internships in companies such as MSD or in placements in hospital labs. Placements are secured on a competitive basis and are subject to change each year. Placements are secured on a competitive basis and are subject to change each year.



More information about the internship module and application process.


Graduates in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology can find employment in pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, forensic science laboratories, hospital and clinical laboratories, and food and beverage companies. Graduates are eligible to apply for a range of MSc programmes in Ireland and abroad, in areas such as biotechnology, imaging and microscopy and molecular medicine. Graduates can also pursue a PhD in universities in Ireland and abroad in areas such as medical research, drug development and biomedical science.

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

This programme is a graduate programme and applicants must possess an undergraduate degree or relevant experience in the area of toxicology/pharmacology.

If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes. 

The following advice is for Non-EU applicants. For Irish/EU/UK students, please apply via MyUCD.

The following entry route(s) are available:
 
Science: Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences Stream (BLS1)
Undergraduate Degree (Non EU)
Entry in Sep 2024
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from Oct 2023 Apply

By studying an undergraduate degree in the Science programme, you will be joining a global community of scientists and will be taught by world-class researchers at the forefront of research in one of the most innovative and diverse programmes in Ireland, encompassing biology, sustainability, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics and computer science. Faculty who teach on the Science programme draw on their research to provide an inclusive and equitable education for scientists who will be leaders and innovators in a range of industries and research institutes working towards a sustainable and equitable future. 

The curriculum is informed by the following research:

  • Exploring and understanding the processes that drive and can mitigate and enable adaptation to global change from evolutionary, environmental and social perspectives at levels ranging from molecular and genetic to individual, ecosystem and landscape

  • Translating fundamental discoveries to a greater understanding of health and disease, with the ultimate aim of informing novel drug discovery

  • Performing fundamental and applied research with a focus on current societal challenges including the energy transition, environmental change, geohazards and access to natural resources

The College of Science offers a range of degree subjects within the Science and Sustainability common entry courses that embed sustainability principles and are working towards the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Good Health and Well-being (SGD 3)

  • Quality Education (SDG 4)

  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SGD 7)

  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9)

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (SGD 11)

  • Responsible Consumption and Production (SGD 12)

  • Life Below Water (SDG 14)

  • Life on Land (SDG 15)

The programmes at UCD are designed to equip students with the best education in their chosen field, while at the same time embedding the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) in their education where most relevant.

SDG3
SDG4
SDG 7
SDG 9
SDG 11
SDG 12
SDG 14
SDG 15

"I chose to specialise in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology because it answered a lot of the questions that I had about how cells work. The course provided me with an understanding of proteomics, metabolism, and immunology. It also gave me an insight into how and why disease occurs, whilst highlighting that a fundamental understanding of cell biochemistry is critical in treating and curing disease. I received a scholarship to undertake a summer research project on Alzheimer’s Disease. My final year thesis on Type 2 Diabetes was immunology-based. Since graduating, I have received a PhD Scholarship from Breakthrough Cancer Research to pursue a research project on Oesophageal Cancer."

Maitiú Ó Murchú, Graduate

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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Stage 2 (BBC2)

Undergraduate (Level NFQ, Credits )