What is BioScience?

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What is BioScience? BioScience is any science that deals with the structure and behavior of living organisms

These sciences encompass a broad area of specialist subjects linked to the study of living organisms and the science behind ‘life’.

Bioscience courses cover a number of different areas, such as

  • biology
  • botany
  • biotechnology
  • genetics
  • microbiology
  • molecular biology, biophysics, and biochemistry
  • ornithology
  • plant science
  • psychology
  • sport and exercise science
  • zoology

Many universities offer a degree in BioScience which will dedicate its first year to  providing students with a solid foundation in biology, chemistry and physics.

The second year will then embrace the core subject areas  such as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and microbiology

Typically a student’s third year will build on these core subjects, exploring biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices and biotechnology along with resaerch in a specialised area,  research methods and applications.

The bioscience industry has been growing rapidly and bioscience employees are in high demand.

There is a wide number of science-related careers you can enter with a biological science degree. Additionally, some careers require a relevant postgraduate qualification. Some of the key areas of employment include:

  • healthcare – public and private
  • clinical research
  • pharmaceutics and biotechnology
  • environment and agriculture
  • education
  • scientific sales and marketing
  • technical media and journalism

Studying bioscience can prepare you for a career in many fields  include the following:

  • research scientist
  • biomedical scientist
  • forensic scientist
  • microbiologist
  • healthcare scientist in clinical biochemistry, haematology, or immunology
  • pharmacologist
  • psychologist
  • science lecturer
  • science journalist
  • sports therapist
  • toxicologist
  • zoologist

Featured course:

BSc (Hons) In Science With 2 Award Options: Biopharmaceutical Science / Environmental Bioscience

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)

The aim of this four-year level 8 Science course is to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies to respond effectively to current and future developments in the Biopharmaceutical or Environmental Bioscience sectors. Entry into this common entry level 8 Science course allows you the opportunity to experience both areas before specialising into their preferred Award option in year 3, namely Biopharmaceutical Science or Environmental Bioscience.


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