What will I learn?

Discoveries in genetics and cell biology are opening up a new era of understanding, both of ourselves and of the world around us. Genetics give us insight into what contributes to our development and individuality, and when this knowledge is combined with cell biology, we can explore exciting scientific applications benefiting all of society.

Our improved understanding of the genetic basis for life has opened up approaches to the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of disease. As a consequence, we’re making unprecedented advances in the creation of medical diagnostics, therapies and therapeutics.

The Genetics and Cell Biology course provides you with the theoretical and practical resources for a career in the healthcare industry. You’ll enhance your biology expertise and learn the laboratory skills that are the foundation for major, modern scientific breakthroughs that affect society.

Why do this course?

  • Emphasis on investigative science
  • Extensive laboratory training through team work and partnership projects
  • Six-month paid work experience placement (INTRA)
  • Modern laboratory and library
  • Cell biology underpins the growing biopharmaceutical industry

About the course

The first year of the course is taken in common with other science courses, so you will be studying biology, chemistry, physics, biostatistics and computing.

In Year Two, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of genetics, the biochemistry of the cell and microbiology. You’ll also be introduced to pharmacology and instrumentation.

In the first semester of Year Three, you’ll gain the practical skills and techniques that form the basis of cell and gene technologies. These include gene cloning and bioinformatics (the application of computing in genetic analysis). With this knowledge, you’ll be well prepared for your six-month work experience placement (INTRA).

In the final year, you’ll explore the advances arising from research in genetics and cell biology as well as medical products and the healthcare industry. A significant research project must also be completed.


Understanding how cells work underpins many areas, and so there is huge demand for a workforce with scientific knowledge, particularly in molecular and cellular biology. Your skills in research and development and your ability to undertake management and operational roles will be an added asset.

Areas of employment opportunity include:

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Research and Development
  • Teaching

In these areas

  • Diagnostics
  • Education
  • Genome Science
  • Healthcare Devices
  • Medical Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Sector
  • Research

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Health

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 16,346) per year
Student Contribution: €3,043 / Annum

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 September 2020


Dublin City University

Glasnevin Campus,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: a minimum score of 580 in the paper-based test of TOEFL; 237 (computer-based), Grade C in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; Grade B in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English.

For international students

You can directly enter Year 1 if you have studied in one of the following:

  • GCSE A levels - you must have 4 A levels or 3 A levels + 1 AS level in different subjects from the same year or preceding year only;
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • Or have an equivalent qualification.

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to undergraduate programmes in DCU.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D3
  • GCE A-Level English Language: Grade D
  • IELTS: Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
  • TOEFL: 237 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based test)
  • TOEFL iBT: Total Score of 92
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): C1
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

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About this uni

DCU has been ranked 19th in the world and first in Ireland for its graduate employment rate, according to the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • International students make up 20% of the student population
  • Ranked as one of the world’s top young universities
  • Based in Dublin, one of the friendliest cities in the world
  • Five faculties offering 80 dynamic programmes