The NICB is committed to education, and through its research programmes, to opening access to public understanding of biotechnology, and to contribute to education for all levels and ages. We provide places for second-level transition year students, for undergraduate student summer placements, for secondary school teacher summer research experience, and we provide courses for undergraduate students and for the public. NICB is, of course, heavily involved in training MSc and PhD post graduate research schedules.

Make sure you check out our video-recorded lecture series. You will find a range of interesting talks on biomedical topics, suitable for non-scientists and scientists alike.

NICB Transition Year (TY) Placements

The National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB) run a structured TY Placement Programme annually i.e. 2 weeks per Academic Year (1 week in November and 1 week in February), accommodating a maximum of 4 TY Students per week.

Transition Year Students in the NICB are immersed in a cell biology laboratory, where they get hands on experience in growing human cells, testing cancer cells’ sensitivity to coffee and alcohol. Students will learn how to study gene and protein expression, so that they too can have an EUREKA moment!

For further information re: TY Placement dates, etc. please e-mail:

Please Note: NICB TY Placement Week in February 2022 is fully booked.

Undergraduate Studies

The NICB frequently delivers a final year taught module in Animal Cell Biotechnology for students of the BSc. in Biotechnology and in Genetics and Cell Biology degree programs and also hosts projects for final year students.