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MH202
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.

The study of biotechnology involves disciplines including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology. Practical laboratory sessions, visits to industrial firms and ideally a placement in a biotech company all part of the course.

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MH202 - Biotechnology
Maynooth University

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MH202 - Biotechnology
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques


Essential Module Requirements:
Five Distinctions which must include: C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or 5N0556 - Maths for STEM
(or O4/H7 in LCE Maths)

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

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Subject to availability there is a placement option for students and an option of spending a year abroad on an Erasmus programme.


Careers include research and development in biotechnology, production, quality control, process control, food processing, pharmaceuticals, brewing and distilling, waste treatment, and enzyme manufacture.



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