Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200 CCS
CAO Points Range 2016: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 402

Leaving Certificate:

Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics (Min O3/H6 in LC or equivalent), one laboratory science subject (Min O3/H6 in LC or equivalent. Applied Mathematics or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject.) & two other recognised subjects.

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

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.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

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:

  • Complex bio-molecular formulations
  • Bio-nanotechnology
  • Forensic science
  • Bioprocessing
  • Bioengineering

Biophysical Chemistry graduates will be able to find employment in biotechnological, 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.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry. Topics include: physical, organic and inorganic chemistry; molecular architecture of living matter; self-assembly and functioning of biomolecules; molecular principles of storing and utilisation of genetic information; bio-catalysis and enzymes; modern technologies of supramolecular design; and modern analytical techniques.

First Year

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry
  • + 1 Other Science Subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Electives (includes Erasmus opportunities)

Fourth Year

  • Biophysical Chemistry (Research Project)
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology

All Science courses are full time, with many student timetables running from 9.00am to 5.00pm or later. Depending on the subject choices, a weekly timetable can include lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

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First Year
Second Year
Third – Fourth Year

Testimonial

“I had studied Chemistry and Biology in school so when I first started college, I knew that I liked science but wasn’t sure what I’d like to major in. I loved Chemistry and ended up choosing Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry as it was a new degree that I felt might give me some additional skills. In the summer after third year, I did a summer internship in Dr Vitaly Buckin’s lab in UCD which I found really interesting as well as very helpful in preparing me for the final year research project. This, as well as my thesis research in my final year, led me to realise that I’d like to pursue further research in a PhD.”
Rian Lynch, Graduate