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CAO (Higher Education)

Degree - Honours Bachelor


Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT
Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT
Course Code
Career Zone
NFQ Type
4 Years
Full Time
CAO Points 2019 r2
Points Change

Course Summary

Students will study microbiology, analysing microscopic organisms known as micro-organisms or microbes that are usually invisible to the naked eye, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi, viruses and prions.

Several modern scientific disciplines including Genetic Engineering, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Microbial Biotechnology, Immunology and Molecular Biology originated from classical microbiology and therefore form an integral part of the teaching and research of Microbiology in AIT.

Students will undertake an industrial placement during the third year of the course. 

Course Details

College Link > AL839 - Microbiology

Colleges often have information about the course on their own website, along with other useful information relating to the college. (Note: Not always available)

Career Sectors

This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.

Entry Requirements

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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.

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The Student - Career Interests

This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Career Progression

The course will provide a thorough preparation for careers in industry, in the food and environmental sectors or for postgraduate research study opportunities. The module in computational biology and bioinformatics will provide trainingi n a key area of DNA and protein sequence analysis which is not a main focus of other science courses where you can specialise in microbiology.

There are unique opportunities for placement and training e.g. Marine Institute, Teagasc and other companies.

Graduates from the B.Sc. (Hons) in Microbiology will have career opportunities across several sectors including:

* Food, pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnological, biorefinery, environmental, pollution control, bioremediation and industrial and wastewater treatment.

* Hospitals, public health laboratories, research institutes and pharmaceutical companies involved in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of illnesses associated with microorganisms.

* Universities and colleges, in addition to medical, dental and veterinary schools, all require microbiologists as researchers and teachers. For those interested in further study typical post graduate subjects for microbiologists include medicalmicrobiology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, environmental microbiology, genetics and molecular biology. In addition, options such as the Higher Diploma in Education for future second level science teachers may also be taken.

Further Research

Qualifax Course Page

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