BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience

Bachelor of Science (Honours) BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience

Course Overview

  • 1

    Year

  • 8

    Level

  • Addon

    Course

Why take this course?

Significant employment opportunities are being created through expansion in the food and drink, farm and fishing Sectors. Students taking this add-on honours degree focus on animal and agricultural modules such as herd management strategies and environmental management and land use. There is also a distinct focus on food science through modules such as food and molecular microbiology, food processing and safety.

AIT Research Poster Session 2018 BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience

AIT Research Poster Session 2018 BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience

What will I experience?

Students will gain valuable hands-on experience working in the laboratories. Students are encouraged to discover their talents and will be assigned a final year project. This will usually involve spending time in the laboratory where students can develop their lab skills and independent thinking. Students will also find that the small class sizes allows an excellent student and staff interaction.

BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience 2019 Class

BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience 2019 Class


Y4 students of the programme also have the opportunity to participate in one of the annual regional conferences of the Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Network.

Another reason to choose this programme is that in 2019 AIT was awarded the Institute of Technology of the Year in The Sunday Times Good University Guide.


What opportunities might it lead to?

Previous BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience graduates, have been employed by the agri-food and veterinary health sectors in a range of exciting roles including diagnostics, agri-health and veterinary nutrition employed by companies including Lakeland Dairies, Kepak, Carroll’s Cuisine and Arrabawn. Many graduates of the programme have entered graduate management programmes in industry or in semi-state bodies including Teagasc. A significant number have entered the emerging biopharmaceutical arena in disciplines such as validation, regulatory affairs and process support specialists working with multinationals including Abbott, Teleflex, MSD, Baxter International and Alexion Pharmaceuticals.

One in five of our graduates pursued postgraduate studies leading to MSc or PhD (Level 9/10) qualifications within AIT or at other Higher Education Institutions including UCD, NUIG, NUIM, CIT and Queens University Belfast. Others have decided to pursue a career in education by acquiring a teaching qualification or as veterinary technicians supporting teaching programmes in academia.

Approximately 10% return to veterinary nursing taking up senior roles in the sector which include posts at Fethard Equine Hospital, Glenvale Stud and Queen Mother Veterinary Hospital in the UK. Another opportunity for a graduate is that you may even consider setting up your own company with one of our previous graduates who is now managing director of her own veterinary recruitment company.

“After finishing my BSc in Veterinary Nursing degree programme at AIT, I decided to study on the BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience programme for one extra year. It is a decision I’ve never regretted. The options in which this degree have given me are endless. The wide range of areas studied in theory and practical’s is invaluable. From analytical to biochemistry, biotechnology, environmental studies, herd management and to food processing technology. The hours spent in the lab. with hands-on experience is what future employers are looking for, need to be competent in a skill rather than just knowing the theory knowledge. This programme has given numerous options outside my Veterinary Nursing degree to explore. My class mates are working in areas such as animal diagnostic laboratories, the pharmaceutical sector, meat processing plants and milk processing plants. Anyone who is on the fence about this year should definitely just go for it. It is only one year and the end result is worth it. Once you leave college it is very had to go back and take all the education opportunities available to you”.

- Siobhan Killeen, BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience, AIT


BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience graduate outlets 2019

BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience graduate outlets 2019

Additional Information


For additional information about this Level 8 Add-on undergraduate programme, please contact:

Head of Department:

Dr. Nuala Commins, Head of Department of Life and Physical Sciences, Tel. +353 (0)906468081; e-mail: ncommins@ait.ie

Programme Coordinator:

Dr. Sile O’Flaherty, Tel. +353 (0)906468085; e-mail: soflaherty@ait.ie

Course Details

Course Duration:
1 Year
Registration Closing Date:

Online applications for this programme for the academic year 2020-2021 commencing in September 2020 are accepted from February 1 - June 1, 2020

How to apply to this programme at AIT:

ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Course Commencement Date:

​September 2020

Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Holders of an appropriate Bachelor of Science qualification in Veterinary Nursing, Agricultural Science, Biotechnology, Toxicology or an equivalent Level 7 qualification are eligible to apply to join this programme.

Course Prospectus

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L8 Graduate - Lorna Moore, Barronstown Stud

"Great lab experience and individual interaction with the lecturers"

Course Structure

Year 4

​Semester 7:

Environmental Management and Land Use, Project Theory and Practice, Agricultural Biotechnology, Analytical Toxicology, Herd Management Strategies

Semester 8:

Environmental Management and Land Use, Project Theory and Practice, Bioethics, Applied Cell Biology, Food and Molecular Microbiology

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

As a graduate of this degree, you may be employed by industry in a number of scientific roles such as quality assurance, quality control, analysis/bioanalysis, validation, management and optimisation.

Career talks in Applied Bioscience given to students of the BSc(Hons) in Bioveterinary Science programme. Included are the Programme Coordinator, Dr. Sile O'Flaherty and Gillian Coughlan, Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing
Career talks in Applied Bioscience given to students of the BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience programme at AIT. Included are the Programme Coordinator, Dr. Sile O’Flaherty and Gillian Coughlan, Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing

Work Placement

Placement is not part of this one year add-on programme.

Facility Gallery

2018 AIT Graduates of BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience Programme
Visit of BSc(Hons) in Appled Bioscience to Clara Bog Museum
Visit of BSc(Hons) in Appled Bioscience to Biocore
Veterinary Nursing and Applied Bioscience Career Seminar, Friday 14th February 2020