Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2018: 520
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 400

Leaving Certificate:
  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics 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?

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.

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, 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.

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.

For detailed information on subject content click the relevant link below:

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


“I came to UCD with a background in Biology and Chemistry, so the DN200 really helped me to make my mind up over which discipline I wanted to pursue. As it turns out, I really loved Chemistry so I am now in third year Chemistry with Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry and I am honestly loving it! It combines the traditional aspects of Chemistry that I previously learned about, such as organic and inorganic, as well as new environmental topics. I am currently planning to do an internship here in UCD over the summer. It is my future hope that I may stay on to complete a PhD after graduation, or possibly work for a pharmaceutical company. Overall I am extremely happy I chose Chemistry in UCD. Over my time in UCD, I have been an orientation guide and an OCM of the Science Society, while also being a member of many other societies along the way.”

Alan Buckley Student

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