Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

Course Overview

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  • AL739

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, known as microbes including bacteria, protozoa, fungi, viruses and prions.

These microbes are critical to all aspects of life on our planet and, though tiny, can cause seismic shocks to our society, such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Microbiology is one of the oldest core sciences and is the basis of many modern disciplines, such as genomics, immunology, molecular biology, microbial biotechnology and virology. The primary aim of this degree is to provide competent, multi-skilled graduates, capable of working as microbiologists in multiple industries including the biopharmaceutical (e.g., vaccine production), agricultural, food and beverage, healthcare, medical device and environmental sectors. A key element of this innovative, practical-based degree is the opportunity for students to engage in an extensive industrial placement in a microbiological industry, either in a national or international setting. This course is designed to specifically address the skill shortage agricultural, food and beverage, healthcare, medical device and environmental industries, by providing competent entry-level microbiological graduates

What will I experience?

Students of this three-year degree will experience in-depth practical training in the core skills of microbiology in a dynamic, state-of the-art, student-friendly environment with a focus on allowing students to achieve their full educational potential. In addition, graduates of the course will develop multiple transferable skills such as problem solving, report writing, effective communication, Good Manufacturing Procedure (GMP), and team work. Students will acquire subject specific microbiological skills through rigorous microbiological experimentation with emphasis on the core principles of classical microbiology i.e., microscopy, isolation of microorganisms, identification of microorganisms, aseptic culturing/ manipulation of microorganisms and control of microorganisms.

Dr. Andy Fogarty, Programme Coordinator with BSc(Hons) in Microbiology students in the Microbiology Laboratory in the Department of Life and Physical Sciences at AIT

Dr Andy Fogarty, Programme Coordinator, with Microbiology students in the Microbiology Laboratory at the Department of Bioveterinary and Microbial Sciences at TUS.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The principal aim of this course is to provide competent microbiology graduates with excellent microbiological skills and attention to detail. Graduates may be employed as microbiologists in a wide range of areas including the biopharmaceutical industry, food and brewing industries, agrifoods, medical device sector wastewater treatment, environmental monitoring industry, clean room manufacturing, quality control (QC)/quality assurance (QA), validation and sterility assurance.

AIT Distinguished fellowship awarded to Dr. Mary Guinan, a World virology expert and former chief scientific advisor at the Centres for Disease Control, Atlanta Georgia

Distinguished Fellowship awarded to Dr Mary Guinan, world virology expert and former chief scientific advisor at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Course Details

Course Duration:
3 Years
CAO Course Code:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade O6/H7 in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate, to include Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

Course Structure

Year 1

Biology for Microbiologists, Learning and Development for Higher Education in Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics for Scientists, Information Technology for Scientists, Current Scientific Issues through Enquiry-Based Learning for Microbiologists, Scientific Computing.

Year 2

Introduction to Applied Microbiology, Microbial Methods through Enquiry Based Learning, Microbial Biochemistry, Microbial Genetics Technology, Microbial Systematics with Eukaryotic Microbiology, Principles of Sterilisation, Virology with Immunology, Mathematics and Statistics for Life and Physical Sciences.

Year 3

Good Manufacturing Practice, Food with Brewing Microbiology Environmental Microbiology, Industrial Bioprocessing, Work Placement

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