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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science

Discipline: Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 64

CAO Round 1 Points: 337 (2020)

Why Study?

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 programme 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 programmes leading to higher degrees.

For the last few years, many students in the final fourth year class had jobs before their final exams.

Programme Modules

Programme modules include all modules on the Level 7 ordinary degree programme plus the following:

  • Biology; Microbiology.
  • Pharmacology and Applied Immunology.
  • Applied Pharmaceutical Science; Quality Management.
  • Molecular Biology; Advanced diagnostic and analytical techniques.
  • Industrial Placement

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.

Essential Information: 

There is an industrial work placement in year four.

  • There is no need to have studied Biology at Leaving Certificate level, as the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in year one.
  • This course is recognised by The Teaching Council for admission to the Higher Diploma in Education (HDip Ed).

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.


Studying Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science at GMIT, Galway in the West of Ireland

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GMIT Graduate, Mark McDonnell, Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science Graduate

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Contact Us

Dr. Mary McMahon

Tel: 091-742477

E-mail: Dr. Mary McMahon

Head of Department:

Dr. Eugene Mc Carthy

Tel: 091-742081

E-mail: Dr Eugene Mc Carthy