Program Overview

Negotiated Learning: student and academic discuss goals, and tailor suitable programme

MSc Biological & Biomolecular Science (Negotiated Learning) offers a unique opportunity to gain core technical, methodological and innovation skills. It is a flexible offering where an academic staff member will advise you on the taught module choices based on your objectives and career goals.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 26,400


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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A range of taught modules is currently available from the following specializations:

  • Genetics & Cell Biology: investigates cellular signalling, architecture, imaging, trafficking and transport, genetic basis of disease, model organisms, epigenetics, etc.

  • Microbiology & Infection Biology: investigates mechanisms of pathogenic micro organisms, host response to infection, immunopathologies, host-pathogen interactions, development of diagnostics, applied microbiology, etc.

  • Biochemistry & Synthetic Biology:investigates metabolism and disease, protein-protein interactions, cell signalling, protein structure and analysis.

    Negotiated Learning is a process where a student and academic discuss the components of a qualification required to meet the student's stated goals. In the context of this MSc programme, students will discuss which 40 credits of taught components are appropriate, relating to their current strengths and weaknesses, and their future career goals in industry or academia. The MSc in Biological and Biomolecular Science is the first of its kind offered in Ireland by Negotiated Learning.

    Core Laboratory Research Skills (30 credits across three semesters): including techniques such as RT-PCR, Western Blotting, and imaging studies. Research skills modules will be conducted in a dedicated Research Skills lab in the UCD Conway Institute and the new facilities in the O'Brien Centre for Science

    Core (taught) Professional Skills Modules (20 credits):

  • BIOL40540 Data Management and Interpretation

  • BMOL40150 Career Development Scientists

  • BIOL40550 Science Writing and communication Skills

  • BIOL40390 Quantitative Tools for the Life Sciences

  • Optional Taught modules (40 credits)

  • involves selecting one of the following specialisations and selecting specific modules within these that meet the student's learning objectives (indicative module list is not exhaustive, and is subject to change)

  • Genetics & Cell Biology

  • GENE30010 Genetics and Recombinant DNA

  • CELB30130 Cell Biology of Disease

  • CELB40190 Advanced Cancer Cell Biology and Genetics

  • Microbiology & Infection Biology

  • MICR30030 Microbial Physiology

  • MICR30040 Microbial Diversity and Growth

  • MICR30070 Skills in Microbiology

  • MICR40050 Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens

  • MICR40150 Host Pathogen Interaction (online)

  • MICR30020 Microbial Cell Factory

  • MICR30060 Pharmaceutical and Food Microbiology

  • MICR40040 Microbial Pathogenicity

  • MICR40060 Microbial and Mammalian Cell Bioprocessing

  • ENVB40480 Applied Microbial Ecology

  • Biochemistry & Synthetic Biology

  • BIOC30010 Metabolism and Disease

  • BIOC30090 Proteins and Enzymes

  • BIOC40070 Protein Structure and Analysis

  • BIOC40080 Biochemical Research Strategies and Problem Solving

  • BIOC30030 Biochemist’s Toolkit

  • BIOC40160 Drug Development & Clinical Trials

  • BIOC40220 Hot topics in Biochemistry

  • MICR40070 Enzyme Technology and Protein Engineering

  • Multi-Disciplinary

  • BIOL40560 Biological Imaging

  • GENE30040 Introduction to Programming for Biologists

  • CELB40160 HCS Microscopy

  • MICR40080 Microbial Natural Product Biosynthesis

  • BIOL40840 Applied Bioinformatics

  • ZOOL40300 Epithelial Transport in Animal Physiology

  • CELB30090 Advanced Cell Biology

  • CELB30100 Developmental Biology

  • CELB40030 Programmed Cell Death in Plants

  • CELB40180 Cell Biology & Genetics of Ageing

  • CELB40200 The RNA World

  • GENE30020 Genome Structure and Evolution

  • GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease

  • GENE40040 Model organism genetics: a modern experimental approach

  • GENE40050 Human Genetics & Disease

  • This programme is intended for applicants who have at least an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) degree, or the international equivalent, in a life science or chemical science.  Examples of an appropriate BSc subject include, but are not restricted to, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Immunology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry.

  • If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

  • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information 

  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

MSc Biological and Biomolecular Science (F104) Full Time

EU          fee per year - € 8500
nonEU    fee per year - € 26400

This programme will enable you to choose from a wide range of careers and areas of postgraduate study.  This multi-disciplinary course provides a solid grounding for careers in industry, health and research, such as Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Microbiology, Process Control, Technical Transfer, Research and Development, and Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Editor or Writer, Lab Technician or Analyst roles.


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