Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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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.

Course Pathways
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)
  • 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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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.

Other Entry Routes

“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

Contact Information

Associate Professor Vitaly Buckin
UCD School of Chemistry
Belfield, Dublin 4


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