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Faculty of Science and Health

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • CAO CodeDC162
  • Course type Undergraduate
  • Qualification Honours Bachelors Degree
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2016 490
  • Duration 4 Years

One of the core science, chemistry has a wide range of applications affecting our daily lives.  Chemists design and develop new drugs, pharmaceuticals and materials, and devise cleaner, more efficient industrial processes to produce them.

DCU's Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences course cultivates your chemistry knowledge and skills through applied methods. Labroatory work plays a vital role in developing your understanding of research and industry.  The opporutnity to apply the basic principles of chemistry will equip you with an array of problem solving skills to serve in the professional world.

Why do this course?

  • Advanced lectures in chemical and pharmaceutical sciences
  • Strong focus on practical (laboratory) and IT skills
  • Specialist workshops in Spectroscopy and Drug Design
  • Access to new, modern chemistry laboratories and equipment
  • Opportunity for industrial placement in pharmaceutical sector (INTRA)
  • Strong research profile with opportunities to continue study at Msc and PhD level

Student Voice

The Chemical and Pharmaceutical degree in DCU impressed me because of its broad scope, incorporating both analysis and synthesis. The six-month experience in industry was a great insight into the type of jobs available in the area of science at degree level. Also, the 12-week research project in fourth year was very interesting and allowed us to use and fully understand everything that we had learned over the four years. This aided my decision to take on a PhD position, as I was better informed as to the advantages this further qualification could provide.

Emma Harvey, Postgraduate Research Student

About the course

Working in the laboratory plays a vital role in your learning, and because our laboratory facilities are among the most up-to-date, you’ll get the most practical experience possible.

Year One of this course is common with other DCU science courses.

In Year Two, the mainstream chemistry lectures and laboratories are developed in parallel with relevant topics in physics, mathematics, computing and biochemistry.

An integral part of third year is INTRA, which ensures you gain first-hand experience in the applications of chemistry during a period of industrial placement.

The final year of the course concentrates on your knowledge and development of more advanced topics. A major element in this final year is your individual research project, which consists of a literature survey on a particular topic, followed by laboratory-based research work in your general area of interest.

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

 

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

 

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Careers

You’ll find professional opportunities in diverse sectors such as the pharmaceutical, food and drink, brewing and fine chemical industries. Graduate titles include:

  • Development Chemist
  • Process Chemist
  • Research
  • Teaching

In these areas

Requirements

Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of O3 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O3 or H5 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE B Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE B in one of Physics, Chemistry , Biology or Agricultural Science

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

Holders of Higher Certificate/National Certificates or Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diplomas with Merit or Distinction may be admitted into second year if the relevant Programme Boards are satisfied that the candidate has achieved an appropriate standard in the major subjects covered in Year One. Direct entry into third year is possible for well-motivated students holding a distinction at Diploma level in a related discipline

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here