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Microbiology Stage 2 (MBC2)

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

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.

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms known as micro-organisms or microbes. Microbes play a key role in every facet of life on this planet. For example, microbes have a major impact on the earth’s climate by their metabolism of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. Microbes can naturally produce polymers, antibiotics but also consume or break down a multitude of toxic chemicals. Microbiologists use tools like molecular biology, fermentation, enzymology and synthetic biology to improve the natural ability of microorganisms so that they can produce new antibiotics, natural products, biodegradable plastics and clean up chemically polluted soil and water. Microbes protect us from colonisation by disease causing organisms. However, some microbes cause disease, e.g. MRSA, tuberculosis and meningitis. Microbiological research aims to find treatments for these and other infectious diseases.

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

Microbiology 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 Microbiology 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 • Biomolecular Sciences • Microbiology in Medicine, Biotechnology and the Environment • Chemistry for Biology • + modules for 2 other Science Subjects • Elective Modules

Third Year
Regulation of Gene Expression • Microbial Physiology • Microbial Diversity & Growth • Skills in Microbiology • Ecological & Environmental Microbiology • Medical Microbiology • Microbial Cell Factory • Applied Microbiology • Optional Modules • Elective Modules 

Fourth Year
Research Project • Applied Microbial Ecology • Microbial Pathogenicity • Bioprocessing • Enzyme Technology & Protein Engineering • Natural Product Synthesis • Systems Microbiology 

Professional Work Experience
Students carry out a research project in Fourth Year, which can be an internship in a pharmaceutical or food-related company or a hospital. Recent placements include Alltech, APC, Monaghan Biosciences, Pfizer and the HSE Public Analyst’s Laboratory. 

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

BMOL20110 Biomolecular Sciences Autumn

5

BMOL20070 Biomolecular Lab Skills 2 Spring

5

MICR20050 Microbiology in Medicine, Biotechnology and the Environment Spring

5

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

5

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

5

MICR30030 Microbial Physiology Autumn

5

MICR30040 Microbial Diversity and Growth Autumn

5

MICR30070 Skills in Microbiology Autumn

5

ENVB30100 Ecological and Environmental Microbiology Spring

5

MEMI30010 Medical Microbiology Spring

5

MICR30020 Microbial Cell Factory Spring

5

MICR30060 Pharmaceutical and Food Microbiology Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options
     
BMOL30090 Immunology Autumn

5

BSEN40410 Food Chain Integrity Autumn

5

GENE30060 Undergraduate Research 1 Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

STAT20070 Data Modelling for Science Autumn

5

ZOOL30030 Evolutionary Biology Autumn

5

BMOL30050 Genomics and Proteomics Spring

5

BMOL30100 Leading Teams in the Scientific Enterprise Spring

5

CHEM30190 Chemistry of Biomolecules Spring

5

GENE30070 Undergraduate Research 2 Spring

5

Stage 3 Options
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
ENVB40480 Applied Microbial Ecology Spring

5

MICR40040 Microbial Pathogenicity Spring

5

MICR40060 Microbial and Mammalian Cell Bioprocessing Spring

5

MICR40070 Enzyme Technology and Protein Engineering Spring

5

MICR40080 Microbial Natural Product Biosynthesis Spring

5

MICR40090 Systems Biology of Microorganisms 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

MICR40030 Microbiology Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

MEMI40010 Host-Pathogen Interactions and Medical Microbiology Autumn

5

MICR40050 Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens Autumn

5

MICR40150 Host Pathogen Interaction Autumn

5

A limited number of fourth year projects are available in the Faculty of  Pharmaceutical Sciences of 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 the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine, APC Ltd, and Sanofi.

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



More information about the internship module and application process.


Microbiologists are employed in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and food-related industries, hospitals and veterinary hospitals and related laboratories. They also find work in government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency where they are involved in research and development, process design and control, management and quality control. Many students opt to continue their undergraduate degree with an MSc or PhD graduate programme. These microbiologists play a key role in developing new drugs, finding novel ways to combat infectious diseases and designing new approaches to clean the environment and develop a green economy.

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

After my first Microbiology class, I was absolutely enthralled. I knew straight away that was what I wanted to do. Microbiology is such a vast and expanding field and has a little bit of everything in there and I could not be happier that I chose it. I had the opportunity in my final year to carry out a research project, supervised by some of UCD’s best scientists, on bioplastic producing bacteria and it was the highlight of my degree. It was a great way to put all the lab skills and techniques I had learned into practice and produce actual research. After I graduated, I started an MSc in Biotechnology and Business and am I looking forward to working in the biotechnology industry.

Jaffer Abdulkarim, Graduate

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Microbiology Stage 2 (MBC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)