BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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Biophysical Chemistry combines the study of chemistry with the molecular principles of the functioning of life and their applications in modern technologies, from the design of a new generation of smart medicines to green manufacturing. The best chemical technologies of our world are utilised in biological systems, where thousands of chemical transformations take place in a well-controlled, environmentally friendly manner.
These transformations occur in biological cells, which represent sophisticated chemical manufacturing plants ﬁlled with a broad range of nano devices. Students graduating with this degree will acquire knowledge of advanced chemistry, and of molecular principles of organisation and functioning of living matter. They will also acquire skills in the applications of these principles in biomedical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, food and other related industries.
Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry is one of the degree subjects available through the Chemistry stream in the common entry Science course.
Students study similar modules for all degree subjects in the Chemistry stream in first year and will study modules for a minimum of two degree subjects in second year. At the end of second year, students choose their degree major. This is a sample set of modules that a Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry student could study each year in UCD.
Timetables & Assessment
Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.
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The interdisciplinary aspect of this degree and the acquired combination of theoretical and practical skills provide broad opportunities for employment in the area of advanced chemical and biomolecular technologies, including:
Biophysical Chemistry graduates will be able to find employment in biotechnological, chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, food, personal care and other industries, as well as academic research worldwide. Graduates can also pursue a range of MSc or PhD opportunities in Ireland or abroad.
“I entered Science studying equal parts Biology and Chemistry until I decided to specialise in Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry. This subject addresses the need for chemists, in research and in industry, who have a proper understanding of biological principles as well as physics – to best tackle some of the biggest issues in biomedicine, biotechnology, and the environment. I have been on the French Society and Cumann Gaelach committees, acted in and directed plays with UCD Dramsoc, and been a Peer Mentor for Science. I now work as a Research & Development Chemist for Henkel in Dublin, and consider my ‘global’ and language education at UCD the most attractive attributes to global companies.”
Bronagh McMullan, Graduate
Associate Professor Vitaly Buckin
UCD School of Chemistry
Belfield, Dublin 4