Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Science
Type of Qualification:
Ordinary Bachelor Degree
Field of Study
Biology and biochemistry,Combined Life Science
Type of Study:
Application Closing Date:
About the Course
Forensic science is the application of scientific knowledge and techniques in support of the legal process. There has been a huge increase in the application of DNA technologies in forensics but also in a wide range of industries and in the state laboratories.
This programme will provide graduates with a broad knowledge and understanding of the core biological, and chemical sciences. Practical and problem solving skills will be developed in the laboratory in pharmaceutical, biological and chemical & forensic analysis. Students will also develop both theoretical understanding and practical skills in DNA fingerprinting technology. The programme will provide graduates with the requisite multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills and competencies to be able to work effectively as analysts in the Biotechnology, Healthcare Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Forensic based laboratories.
post_grad_science The biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries continue to grow and expand throughout the region and across the country. Expert group reports suggest a continuing shortfall in the numbers of suitable graduates throughout the coming years. The Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical industries are particularly strong in Ireland at present and further expansions are envisaged in the future. Graduates of this discipline will be ideally placed to work in these industries.
CAO Code: TA 315:
Bachelor Degree of Science – DNA and Forensic Science
Length of course: 3 years
Recognised in Europe
Mature students welcome
Mature applicants (23 years of age) may not be required to meet the minimum entry requirements but may be considered on their merits.
Research opportunities at Post Graduate level
Honours Bachelor Degree recognised for Second Level teaching of Chemistry in Ireland
What do I Need?
Entry requirements for the Bachelor Degree of Science – DNA and Forensic Science:
Grade D3 or higher in 5 subjects at Ordinary Level. English or Irish at Grade D3 or higher.
Ordinary Level Maths at Grade D3 or higher.
No Leaving Cert Science subject is required for this course
Recent minimum CAO points: 360
Recent points range for applicants choosing this course: 405 - 360
The programme will provide graduates with the requisite multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills and competencies to be able to work effectively as analysts in the Biotechnology, Healthcare Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Forensic based laboratories.
How To Apply
John Behan (Head of Department) + 353 1 4042403 email email@example.com
Department phone extensions: + 353 1 404 2436 / 2400 / 2406 - Fax: + 353 1 4042404
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Laboratory Techniques (CASLT) ( with a pass in Level 5 Maths), Food (CASFX)(with a pass in Level 5 Maths and either Biology or physics as elective modules)
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Semester 1Biology 1 A View of Life
Lab Skills for DNA and F Sc 1
Semester 2Intro to Human Anat Physiology
Principles of Chemic Structure
Scientic Computing and Communi
Lab Skills for DNA and For Sci
Semester 3Principles of Statistics
Chemistry for Forensics 1
Instrumentation in Forensics 1
Principles of Microbiology
Lab Skills for DNA and Forensi
Semester 4Forensic Microbology
Lab Skill for DNA and Foren IV
Semester 5Forensic Analysis
Chemistry for Forensics II
Lab Skill for DNA and Foren V
Semester 6Pharmacology and Toxicology
Lab Skill for DNA and Foren VI
Semester 7Statistics 11
Trace Evidence and Analysis
Organic & Polymer Chemistry
Integrated Lab Techniques
Semester 8Criminology, Evaluation
DNA Analysis 111