Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2021: 566
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 420

Leaving Certificate:
  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised 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 biomolecular formulations
  • Bio-nanotechnology
  • Bioprocessing
  • Bioengineering

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.

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 module

Second Year

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

Third Year

  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemistry with a range of optional modules in Chemical Biology, Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Science
  • Electives (includes Erasmus opportunities)

Fourth Year

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

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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“I entered Science DN200 and studied equal parts Biology and Chemistry until I decided to specialise in Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry. This subject is addressing the need for chemists, in industry and research, to have aproper understanding of biological principles and biophysics to best tackle someof the biggest issues in biomedicine, biotechnology and the environment. I have been on the French Soc and Cumann Gaelach committees, acted and directed in plays with UCD Dramsoc, and a Peer Mentor for Science. People can worry about making friends at UCD, but it ends up almost impossible not to if you take part in student societies and clubs.”

Bronagh McMullan, Student

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