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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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DC181
Biotechnology

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Biotechnology involves the use of living organisms (mostly microbes) to produce useful products. It includes traditional processes like brewing, cheesemaking and modern developments such as genetic engineering which can lead to new drugs against cancer and other diseases.

At the start of your course you will be introduced to the basic sciences, mathematics and computing. As you progress you will discover more comprehensive areas of biotechnology, ranging from genetics and process engineering to immunology and gene cloning.

In third year, specialist areas are introduced.


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Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:


C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry

C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology

C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics

C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics

C20033 - Laboratory Techniques
or 5N2751 - Laboratory Skills
and a pass in C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics

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In year three there is an opportunity to work in industry as part of a paid industrial training programme (INTRA).

Graduaes enter careers in Production Quality Control, Research and Development Sales and Marketing, and also work in the areas of Brewing, Food Processing, Pharmaceutical, Fine Chemical Manufacture and Education.



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