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?

All materials and living things consist of atoms and molecules that are linked together in many different ways. Chemistry is a study of these, how they form and react. Life, metabolism, pharmaceuticals, forensic analysis and the development of new energy supplies, computer chips and medical devices: none of these can be fully developed or understood without chemistry.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest in Ireland, and UCD Chemistry graduates work in the following:

  • Analytical roles in laboratories on the synthesis, testing and analysis of active pharmaceutical ingredients, medicines and medical devices
  • Research chemist roles in laboratories in research and development
  • Management and supervisory roles in regulatory affairs, production and validation

The semiconductor and medical device and energy industries also hire a significant number of materials chemists, and graduates would be involved in:

  • Semiconductor processing
  • Effluent and raw materials monitoring
  • Air and water quality measurements

Chemistry graduates also pursue PhDs in Ireland or abroad in areas as diverse as biological aspects of nanoscience, novel material synthesis, energy generation and polymer chemistry.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Chemistry. Topics include physical, inorganic and organic chemistry, chemistry of materials, instrumental analysis and spectroscopy.

First Year

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Chemistry
  • + 1 Science Subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Chemistry
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • Chemistry (includes a research project)

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 have spent time studying at the following universities:

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


“DN200 allowed me to sample subjects from across Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology. After careful deliberation, I decided Chemistry was the subject for me. I was drawn to the laboratory aspect of the degree, and the small class sizes offered. The lecturers are involved and aim to provide us with the skills we will need following graduation. UCD elective modules afforded me the opportunity to try modules outside of my degree. The most enjoyable of which has been the UCD Philharmonic Choir. My time at UCD has really been enhanced by my involvement in the clubs and societies, in particular, the UCD Windsurfing Club. Following graduation, I hope to expand my skill set further by applying the knowledge of chemistry I’ve acquired throughout my degree to an analytical role in an industrial laboratory.”

Eimear Madden Student

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