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Genetics Stage 2 (GNC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)
Academic Year 2024/2025
Internships Available
Study Abroad
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

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

Curricular information is subject to change.

If you are interested in why some families are more prone to disease and how to use biotechnology to produce drugs and other products, then a degree subject in Genetics could be for you. Genetics is the scientific study of heredity – how information is passed from one generation to the next. You will study developing new areas, such as personal genomics, which uses DNA sequence to determine health and ancestry. The Genetics degree subject also covers genetic engineering and biotechnology, transgenic animals, genetically modified plants, medical genetics, molecular evolution, developmental biology, DNA  fingerprinting and bioinformatics.

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

About this Course

Genetics 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 Genetics 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 and Biotech • Principles of Genetics • Chemistry for Biology • + modules for 2 other Science Subjects • Elective Modules 

Third Year
Regulation of Gene Expression • Genetics • Bioinformatics • Data Modelling for Science • Evolutionary Biology • Genomics & Proteomics • Genome Structure • Genetic Basis of Disease • Optional Modules • Elective Modules

Fourth Year
Research Project • Genetic Basis of Behaviour • Gene Regulation • Model Organism Genetics • Human Genetics & Disease • Population Genetics • Epigenetics 

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 2 Core Modules
     
BMOL20060 Biomolecular Lab Skills 1 Autumn

5

BMOL20090 Molecular Genetics and Biotech Autumn

5

GENE20020 Principles of Genetics Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options
     
BMOL20110 Biomolecular Sciences Autumn

5

CHEM20090 Chemistry for Biology Autumn

5

BIOL20060 Scientific Communication Spring

5

BMOL20070 Biomolecular Lab Skills 2 Spring

5

Stage 2 Options
     
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
BMOL30030 Regulation of Gene Expression Autumn

5

GENE30010 Genetics and Recombinant DNA Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

STAT20070 Data Modelling for Science Autumn

5

ZOOL30030 Evolutionary Biology Autumn

5

BMOL30050 Genomics and Proteomics Spring

5

GENE30020 Genome Structure and Evolution Spring

5

GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options
     
BMOL30040 Receptor-mediated cell signalling Autumn

5

BMOL30090 Immunology Autumn

5

GENE30060 Undergraduate Research 1 Autumn

5

BMOL30020 Molecular basis of disease Spring

5

BOTN30130 Plant Biotechnology & Entrepreneurship Spring

5

CELB30090 Advanced Cell Biology Spring

5

CELB30100 Developmental Biology Spring

5

CHEM30190 Chemistry of Biomolecules Spring

5

GENE30040 Introduction to Programming for Biologists Spring

5

GENE30070 Undergraduate Research 2 Spring

5

Stage 3 Options
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
GENE40070 Genetic Basis of Behaviour Autumn

5

GENE40030 Advanced Mechanisms of Gene Regulation Spring

5

GENE40040 Model organism genetics: a modern experimental approach Spring

5

GENE40050 Human Genetics & Disease Spring

5

GENE40080 Population Genetics Spring

5

GENE40090 Epigenetics Spring

5

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options
     
BMOL40090 Research Project (Erasmus) 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

25

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

25

GENE40060 Genetics Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

BMOL40100 Biomolecular Sci Research Proj Autumn

15

BMOL40400 Core Techniques in Biomolecular and Biomedical Science Autumn

15

CELB40020 Developmental Plant Genetics Autumn

5

CELB40190 Advanced Cancer Cell Biology and Genetics Autumn

5

NEUR40080 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Neurodegenerative Proteinopathies Autumn

5

ZOOL40040 Molecular Phylogenetics - Powers and Pitfalls Autumn

5

BIOC40030 Advanced Cell Signalling Spring

5

BMOL40050 Advanced Cancer Biology and Pharmacology Spring

5

BMOL40340 Regenerative therapeutics Spring

5

CELB40200 The RNA World Spring

5

MICR40090 Systems Biology of Microorganisms Spring

5

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

5

Genetics students in third year have studied in The Netherlands, USA and Canada in University of Amsterdam, University of California Irvine, University of Connecticut, and Queen’s University Canada. 

Genetics students also have the opportunity to carry out their fourth year project 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 Teagasc and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Placements are secured on a competitive basis and are subject to change each year.



More information about the internship module and application process.


Most Genetics graduates work in hospital laboratories, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and genomics companies, forensic science laboratories, agribiotech and horticulture companies, and food and drink companies. 

Many graduates study for a higher degree (MSc or PhD), or obtain additional professional qualifications, such as in medicine and dentistry.

MSc programmes at UCD include the areas of Biotechnology, Biotechnology & Business and Biotherapeutics.

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):

SDG

  • 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.

I have had a lifelong passion for science, so choosing to study Science at UCD was the perfect choice for me. Genetics was by far my favourite subject because it is such a fundamental area of study for all of biology. Modules offered to you in Genetics range from studying microbial genetics, evolution and phylogenetics, human genetics and disease, and my personal favourite, plant genetics. Another aspect of this course that was very appealing to me is that you can do a mix of “wet lab” practical work, and bioinformatics, so you develop a wide range of up-to-date skills for further research or industry work. I am now pursuing a PhD in plant genetics in UCD, and I use the skills and knowledge I obtained from my undergraduate degree every day. 

Grace Pender, Graduate

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Genetics Stage 2 (GNC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)