Bachelor Degree in Biological and Chemical Sciences Common Entry From University of Limerick

Bachelor Degree in Biological and Chemical Sciences Common Entry

University of Limerick

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Program Overview

Are you interested in Science? Would you like to understand how living things work, evolve and function at the molecular or cellular level? Are you interested in a career that can really make a practical contribution to helping address the challenges that presently face the world, for example, the discovery of new drugs to fight disease, inventing new materials for biomedical devices, developing greener systems to protect the quality of our environment? Do you want a challenging career and one tailored to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of employers? Then this programme might be for you.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Students entering the programme will undertake specific modules in the areas of chemistry, biology, maths and physics. As the subsequent degree programme choices focus heavily on biology or chemistry (or a combination of both), the biology and chemistry subjects taken in LM123 are designed to facilitate students in developing a fundamental competency in these areas. In conjunction with these core scientific modules, there will also be an interesting set of modules designed to give students a clear understanding of the key areas and content of the subsequent degree programme options of industrial biochemistry, pharmaceutical & industrial chemistry, biosciences and environmental science.

Year 1    

Semester 1    


  • General Chemistry 1
  • Biology 1
  • Science Mathematics 1
  • Laboratory Calculations
  • Introduction to Environmental and Biosciences
  • Introduction to Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Scientific Calculations

Semester 2    

  • Biology for Biosciences
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Science Mathematics 2
  • General Chemistry 2 (Inorganic)
  • General Chemistry 2 (Physical)

Minimum grades    

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements    

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade O3/H7 in Mathematics and a Grade H4 in any one of the following: Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

The career opportunities will depend primarily on the BSc course chosen by you, typical careers are:

B.Sc in Industrial Biochemistry
Biochemist, Teacher, Quality Assurance Manager, Scientific Researcher, Patent Agent

B.Sc. in Environmental Science
Environmental Officer, Environmental Laboratory Scientist, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Auditor, Water Conservation Officer, Water Quality Scientist

B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry
Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Environmental Chemist, Chemical Process Engineering, Quality Assurance Manager.

B.Sc in Bioscience
Graduates of the programme will be well positioned to gain employment in Ireland’s rapidly growing high tech Life Science industry.​

BSc in Biomedical Science
Graduates of this programme will be well positioned for careers across Biomedical Science and BioPharma, including areas such as disease diagnosis, disease intervention and treatment monitoring. 


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