BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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All materials and living things consist of atoms that are linked together in many different ways in molecules. Chemistry is a study of these molecules, 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.
Chemistry is one of the degree subjects available through the Chemistry stream in the common entry Science course.
Students study similar modules for all degree subjects in the Chemistry stream in first year and will study modules for a minimum of two degree subjects in second year. At the end of second year, students choose their degree major. This is a sample set of modules that a Chemistry student could study each year in UCD.
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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Students have spent time studying at the following universities:
The pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest in Ireland, and UCD Chemistry graduates work in the following:
The semiconductor and medical device and energy industries also hire a significant number of materials chemists, and graduates would be involved in:
Chemistry graduates also pursue PhDs in Ireland or abroad in areas as diverse as biological aspects of nanoscience, novel material synthesis, energy generation, synthetic organic chemistry methodology development and polymer chemistry.
“I am fascinated by the world around me, from the fundamental laws of our universe to the mechanisms of life itself. I have found Chemistry in UCD to be a place where my own curiosities and my passion to make a difference have been nurtured and developed. The lecturers are all kind, helpful and supportive, and their passion for their work is something I continue to find inspiring. Through UCD I was lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship to study for a term in the US, where I made many friends and grew as a chemist, and as a person. The UCD community is an incredible environment and there is a society or club for everyone.”
Liam Jowett, Student
Professor Pat Guiry,
UCD School of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Science Centre South
Belfield, Dublin 4