GMIT Prospectus 2022/23

GMIT Science and Health

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biology & Biopharmaceutical Science (Level 8) Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology & Biopharmaceutical Science (Level 7)

Code: GA781 Level: 8 Code: GA771 Level: 7

Why study Applied Biology & Biopharmaceutical Science? Ireland is a centre of excellence for numerous pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Wyeth, for example, has opened the biggest biotechnology campus in the world, and many more companies are opening biotech facilities in Ireland. This course will prepare graduates for employment in the extensive pharmaceutical, biomedical and healthcare sectors in Ireland. Many opportunities also exist in the area of environmental protection, food quality and safety, the regulatory agencies and research. Students will gain a professional qualification that will enhance their prospects for career advancement to managerial positions. Graduates also find employment in research or successfully undertake postgraduate research courses leading to higher degrees. For the last few years, many students in the final fourth year class had jobs before their final exams.

What are my career opportunities? Graduates have excellent career opportunities in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and healthcare sectors, in such areas as developments of new medicines, biomedicines, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, quality control, validation studies, management, research and development, the food industry, biotechnology sector, forensic science, consultancy, marketing, scientific publishing and education. Follow-on Studies: GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry. Note: There is an industrial work placement in Year 4.

Student experience

Marc McDonnell Marc Mc Donnell from Killala, Co. Mayo is currently working as a Validation Project Manager in Charles River Laboratories in Co. Mayo. Marc studied Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science in GMIT between 2005 and 2009, graduating with a 2.1 Hons degree. During his final year of the course he gained a work placement in Boston Scientific Galway. After graduating he started

What will I study? Year 1: • Biology • Chemistry • Maths • Physics • Learning & Innovation Skills Note: There is no need to have studied any particular Science subject at Leaving Certificate level, as the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in Year 1. Year 2: • Molecular Biology • Microbiology • Biochemistry • Analytical Techniques • Pharmaceutics & Pharmacology • Quality Management • Immunology

Year 3: • Enzymology & Immunology • Quality Management • Biochemical Analysis • Scientific Topics • Analytical Methods • Molecular Biology • Microbiology • Research Project Year 4: • Pharmaceutical Science • Pharmacology • Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs • Advanced Analytical Techniques • Applied Immunology • Molecular Biology • Advanced Microbiology • Industrial Placement

working for Charles River Laboratories in the area of Quality. Some of Marc’s professional achievements include being recognised by Charles River and winning a company award for introducing new methods to improve quality within his department.

Jack Stack (Graduate of Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science) Invaluable, thought provoking and

insightful are just a few words I would use to describe my work experience at the medical device company, Neuravi . Through my experience, I gained an insight into audit preparation, writing/reviewing procedures and presenting data through Minitab.

Ultimately, if you are looking for a stepping stone into industry through work experience, look no further than the Bachelor of Science (Level 7 and Level 8) in Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science.

School of Science and Computing

DURATION 3/4 years



Talk to us: Dr Mary McMahon, Course Chair Tel: +353 91 742477 | E-mail:


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