Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Limerick. We are one of three Departments in the School of Natural Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick. The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is excellence in teaching, research, and service to the community. At undergraduate level, four programmes are currently offered in the areas of Bioscience, Food Science and Health and Equine Science. These include BSc in Bioscience, BSc in Food Science and Health and Certificate, Diploma and BSc degree in Equine Science. The Department is committed to providing and maintaining a rigorous curriculum in its undergraduate programmes and is active in basic and applied research.
The Department of Biological Sciences also makes a significant contribution to other undergraduate programmes such as Environmental Science, Science Education (run jointly by the Faculties of Science and Engineering and Education and Health Sciences), and Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Education and Health Sciences). The Department currently has a complement of 17 faculty, 5 technical staff, 2 teaching assistants and 1 administrator
The Department of Biological Science's research mission is to perform research of the highest international calibre in its niche areas of expertise. It is committed to the development and provision of internationally competitive research opportunities which further the state-of-knowledge in Biological Sciences. The Department offers postgraduate programmes by research to masters and doctorate levels in a variety of disciplines, including food ingredients, food microbiology, equine science, microbial ecology and environmental biology.. Currently, the Department hosts 12 MSc students, 25 students study for their PhDs, 9 post doctorial associates, 1 research fellow and 3 research assistants undertaking research programmes.
Department Head: Professor Sean Arkins
Department Co-ordinator: Ber Norris