BSc (Hons) Genetics

University College Cork

Course Overview

Genetics is fundamental to all areas of biological study, as genes carry the information which largely determines what we are and how we function in the environment.

The BSc Genetics will teach you to understand how genes work in individuals and populations. There is a particular emphasis on molecular genetics but the course covers a wide range of topics such as classical medical genetics, evolutionary and population genetics, animal breeding and genetic manipulation of animal and plant genomes, etc.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

48 Months Full-time (4 Years)

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

There are some options for undergraduate experience abroad through the ERASMUS programme.

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 22,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Multidisciplinary course team.
  • Small classes.
  • 3-month lab project.
  • Versatile and multi-skilled graduates.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects.
English: O6/H7
Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7
Lab Science: H4 in Biology

  • A-Levels: B B C
  • IB: 31

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better
Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie.

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.

IELTS: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture). 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5.

TOELF: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture).

  • TOEFL 80: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17

Pearson PTE Academic: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture). 59 Minimum individual sections 5

Special Entry Requirements

H4 in Biology (meets the Laboratory Science requirement). Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HC2 in Biology (meets the Laboratory Science requirement).

Career Prospects

The following companies have recently recruited students from the course:
• Abtran
• Advertising Standards Authority
• Anulab CUM
• Biosciences Institute
• Clonakilty Community Hospital
• Education and Research Center
• Eirx Therapeutics
• Human Genetics Division, University of Southampton
• Kerry Ingredients
• Kostal
• Lavanagh Centre
• Millipore
• NASA Space Station