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