BMOL40200 Industry Research Project

Academic Year 2024/2025

This project will run for 6 months commencing in Summer of 3rd year and running through Autumn of 4th year . This research project gives the student the opportunity to work in Industry over a 6 month period to optimize, run or develop assays relevant in the Industry sector, relevant to one or more of the core disciplines of the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science (Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Neuroscience and Pharmacology). Through this module, the student acquires requisite skills in experimental techniques, critical data evaluation, and written and oral communication of scientific content as well as an understanding of business practices.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the student will have carried out an independent scientific research project and developed a wide range of skills essential in the biotechnology industry. The student will learn how to design a coherent strategy to address a research question and how to adapt different techniques to overcome problems commonly encountered during research. In addition the student will gain experience in analysing and interpreting data and presenting their results in a clear and competent manner both in written and oral format.

Indicative Module Content:

Industry research placement

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Laboratory based work, data analysis
Oral presentations
Thesis writing 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Thesis/Dissertation: Students spend up to 6 months in an Industry project and at the end complete a report (Dissertation) of their research/work/experience. This is normally submitted in mid Feb of the 2nd trimester. n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment(Including Essay): Oral Presentation will take place at the placement site in the first trimester under the supervision of the Industry Supervisor. n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Practical Skills Assessment: The Industry supervisor will submit a supervisors report which will include reference to the engagement, ability and performance of the student. n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment(Including Essay): A 2nd Oral Presentation will take place in UCD in the 2nd trimester under the supervision of the Academic Supervisor. n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided on a weekly basis during the research placement by the Industry supervisor. Feedback will also be provided by the Academic supervisor in relation to preparing oral presentations and thesis writing.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Carmel Hensey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Caroline Herron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jennifer Mitchell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer