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Cork Institute of Technology

Ms Anna-Maria Keaveney
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021 433 5402

Germain Levieille
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Full-time course duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science CR330

What is Herbal Science ?

It’s the Science of Herbal Medicinal Products, Functional Foods and Natural Products applied to Healthcare and Medicine.

The programme is focused on the production, characterisation and applications of herbal extracts and natural products. The herbal extracts and natural products are used as ingredients in the medicinal, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.

Herbal extracts you may be familiar with include chamomile, sage or lavender used in cosmetics and shampoos or Echinacea or Ginkgo as medicinal products sold in health shops and pharmacies. Again, many will also be familiar with functional foods such as blueberries, cooked tomatoes and probiotics with their added health benefits.

The Herbal Science course is structured along module streams where the student builds knowledge in the areas of plant science and production, human biology, food and nutrition, and herb and natural product applications.

The specific biological subjects are supported by more general analytical techniques important for laboratory and research. Foundation skills across a broad range of core science subjects provide a sound basis on which to build specialist knowledge offering a wide range of opportunities in industry, in research or in business development.

 

  The Herbal Science programme covers all aspects of herbs and natural products with applications in the healthcare, food, cosmetic and biopharmaceutical industries.

This programme was developed in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists (IIMH) in order to enable students to study all aspects of herbs and other related medicinal plants. It covers a wide range of subjects, enabling students to appreciate the history and philosophy inherent in the cultural use of herbs.

About the Course

The main core of the programme is focused on the production, characterisation and applications of herbal extracts and natural products that are ingredients used in medicinal, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.

The Herbal Science course is structured along streams of study based on plant science and plant production, human body systems, food and nutrition, and herbs and natural product applications.

The specific biological subjects are supported by more general analytical techniques and foundation skills that provide our graduates with broad scientific education while retaining an appropriate level of specialisation to offer a wide range of opportunities in industry, in research or in business development.

Work Placement

There is a mandatory work placement in year three lasting a minimum of ten weeks. Students have the option of taking their placement in Ireland or abroad through the ERAMUS scheme

 

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