Cell & Molecular Biology (CMS1)

If you are interested in doing an Internship as part of Stage 4, you must indicate your interest now (in Stage 3).
See full details www.ucd.ie/science/careers/internships/students/

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This programme is aimed at students who wish to equip themselves with a fundamental knowledge of Cell and Molecular Biology and how molecular processes contribute to our understanding of whole organisms, particularly in the context of health and disease. Graduates from the Cell and Molecular Biology programme will have the knowledge and skills to pursue further education (MSc and PhD) and/or careers in bio-pharmaceutical and health-related industries, including laboratories in hospitals and universities, diagnostics, forensics, education, science communication, and administration. We provide a friendly learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities that encourage students to be active, motivated, and autonomous learners. Key elements in the programme’s design include lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials and small group discussions that explore contemporary and emerging themes in cell biology. The programme is delivered by internationally recognised experts in their respective fields, and informed by their research. In order to gain advanced experimental skills in cell and molecular biology, students engage in a 12-week research project in their final year. Additionally, students are encouraged to gain further experience through internships or research placements in Irish and international research institutes.
1 - An understanding of the cellular and molecular processes underpinning the structure and function of cells
2 - A core understanding of how cells contribute to whole organism function, with particular relevance to health and disease
3 - Hands-on experience of the technical approaches used in Cell and Molecular Biology experiments
4 - Fundamental knowledge of the principles and practice of biological imaging and its importance in understanding cellular function
5 - The ability to collect, organise, and interpret datasets generated in Cell and Molecular Biology experiments
6 - An understanding of the role of different sources of information (textbooks, primary literature, reviews, seminars, and internet-based sources) in informing the study of Cell and Molecular Biology
7 - The maturity to critically appraise the scientific literature in a largely autonomous manner
8 - Skills for communicating concepts in Cell and Molecular Biology to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous way
9 - Skills in decision making, time management, and teamwork
10 - Appreciation of the discipline of Cell and Molecular Biology in the wider life sciences
Students who return failing grades in a trimester amounting to 15 credits, or more, will be identified under the UCD Continuation – Academic Progress policy. Students whose rate of progression and performance over two academic years is deemed unacceptable will be referred to the Governing Board to be reviewed for exclusion from the programme.

Students who fail to progress from the stage of the programme they are registered to for more than two academic years (except where a period of Leave of Absence has been granted for one of those years) will also be contacted under the Continuation – Academic Progress Policy.

As Stages 3 and 4 have the most dynamic components of the programme, and the material studied previously may no longer be relevant, a student who has been away from the programme for a significant period should be required to register again to Stage 3. The upper limit for completion of Stages 3 and 4 should be six years if they choose to do 120 credits with 20 in each year.
Graduates of the Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology degree will be equipped with the skills to pursue a career in:
  • Pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals
  • Food technology companies
  • Cosmetic technology companies
  • Fine chemical and chemical development
  • Patenting

Graduates can also pursue a PhD in Ireland or abroad in areas such as chemistry, chemical biology, or medicinal chemistry.
Stage 3

- Students take 7 core modules and at least 3 options. Students may select additional modules from within the BSc programme to complete Stage 3 registration. Alternatively, 10 credits may be selected from elective modules. If you are interested in doing an Internship as part of Stage 4, you must indicate your interest now (in Stage 3). See full details www.ucd.ie/science /careers/internships/students/

Stage 4

- Students must take 60 credits (core and option) from within the BSc programme. - Students take one core module and eight option modules. - The 20 credit project module is spread over two trimesters, but about 10 credits worth of work is expected to be done in Autumn. Students should bear this in mind when selecting options and balance their workload across trimesters.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 3 Core Modules
BIOL30040 Scientific Writing for Biology Autumn 5
CELB30110 Plant Cell Biology Autumn 5
GENE30010 Genetics and Recombinant DNA Autumn 5
BIOL30030 Working with Biological Data Spring 5
CELB30090 Advanced Cell Biology Spring 5
CELB30100 Developmental Biology Spring 5
CELB30120 Hot Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology Spring 5
Stage 3 Core Modules
Stage 3 Options - A)3OF:
Students select three option modules from the list below
BMOL30030 Regulation of Gene Expression Autumn 5
BMOL30040 Receptor-mediated cell signalling Autumn 5
CELB30130 Cell Biology of Disease Autumn 5
ZOOL30030 Evolutionary Biology Autumn 5
BMOL30050 Genomics and Proteomics Spring 5
BOTN30130 Plant Biotechnology & Entrepreneurship Spring 5
GENE30020 Genome Structure and Evolution Spring 5
GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease Spring 5
Stage 3 Options - A)3OF:
Students select three option modules from the list below
Stage 4 Core Modules
BIOL40360 Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 20
Stage 4 Core Modules
Stage 4 Options - A)MIN8OF:
Please note that students who successfully completed SCI30080 will be registered by the School to the module.
BIOL40560 Biological Imaging Autumn 5
CELB40020 Developmental Plant Genetics Autumn 5
CELB40190 Advanced Cancer Cell Biology and Genetics Autumn 5
SCI30080 Professional Placement-Science Autumn 5
ZOOL40040 Molecular Phylogenetics - Powers and Pitfalls Autumn 5
ZOOL40300 Epithelial Transport in Animal Physiology Autumn 5
BIOL40760 Biomedical Diagnostics Spring 5
CELB40030 Programmed Cell Death in Plants Spring 5
CELB40040 Cell Signalling in Plants Spring 5
CELB40180 Cell Biology & Genetics of Ageing Spring 5
CELB40200 The RNA World Spring 5
GENE40040 Model organism genetics: a modern experimental approach Spring 5
GENE40050 Human Genetics & Disease Spring 5
GENE40090 Epigenetics Spring 5
Stage 4 Options - A)MIN8OF:
Please note that students who successfully completed SCI30080 will be registered by the School to the module.
See the UCD Assessment website for further details

Module Weighting Info  
  Award GPA
Programme Module Weightings Rule Description Description >= <=
BHSCI001 Stage 4 - 70.00%
Stage 3 - 30.00%
Standard Honours Award First Class Honours



Second Class Honours, Grade 1



Second Class Honours, Grade 2






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