Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable 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?

Two major problems are facing industrialised society. How do we maintain our standards of living without, firstly, using nonrenewable resources as sources of energy and as raw materials for manufacturing industries and, secondly, compromising our local and global environment? Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry will be central to solving these problems. This discipline, which draws from all branches of chemistry, will enable us to produce the materials and energy we use through ways that minimise the impact on the environment. Furthermore, it will be crucial in developing a variety of resources (solar power, biofuel synthesis, fuel cells, etc.) for use in renewable energy generation. The degree is suitable for students who have an interest in the use of chemistry in tackling these urgent problems.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Apart from the disciplines that are available to graduates with a BSc in Chemistry, graduates in Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry will be particularly suited to employment in the environmental and emerging energy industries, including:

  • Commercial environmental analysis
  • Alternative energy industry
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • ESB
  • Bord Gáis

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 Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry.

First Year

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Chemistry (with optional modules in Ecology)
  • + 1 Other Science Subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Optional modules in Geology and Ecology

Fourth Year

  • Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry (includes a research project in an aspect of Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry)
  • Options will include Green Technologies/Chemistry in Energy Generation.

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

International Study Opportunities

Students may apply to spend time studying at the following universities:

  • University of Lund, Sweden
  • University of Virginia, USA
  • McGill University, Canada


“Using precious non-renewable resources to power our current lifestyle is a situation that, in the medium term, will become too expensive to continue. In parallel with this, environmental legislation is forcing industry to purify effluents before release, or to alter their production methods avoiding pollutant and waste product formation. Finding acceptable solutions to these problems is motivating, inspiring and exceptionally relevant. Currently my research spans Environmental Chemistry, where we study catalysts to remove pollutants from car exhausts, Green Chemistry, where we improve processes used in polymer production, and Chemistry in Sustainable Energy generation, which focuses on materials for solar hydrogen production and storage and synthesis of biofuel.”
Dr James Sullivan, Senior Lecturer