Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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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 non-renewable 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.

Course Pathways
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 module

Second Year

  • Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry (with Geology modules discussing climate change)
  • + 1 other Science subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry with 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.
  • Optional Industry Internship module.

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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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
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.

Other Entry Routes

“This degree is very applicable in industry as legislation is being introduced that holds industries accountable for the waste they produce. This degree investigates how Chemistry can be used to tackle issues such as global warming, acid rain, water pollution and ozone layer depletion. During my final year, I had the opportunity to carry out research with Dr Tony Keene’s research group. This allowed me to hone the techniques I learned in the lab throughout my first three years, as well as giving me a flavour of what postgraduate research involves. After graduating, I moved to London to complete a Research Masters in Green Chemistry and Sustainability at Imperial College London.”

Eimear Madden, Graduate

Contact Information

Professor James Sullivan
UCD School of Chemistry
Belfield, Dublin 4


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