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B.Sc. in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Bachelor Honours Degree)


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CAO Code: DC162
Points Last Year: 485
Duration: 4 yrs
Type of degree: Full-time
Contact: Dr John Gallagher

Understanding the Course:

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Think about it, what in the world isn't chemistry!

Considered by many to be the central science among the science subjects, chemistry has a wide range of industrial applications that affect our daily lives. Chemists develop new drugs and pharmaceuticals and they design cleaner and more efficient reaction processes to produce them. On this degree course you have the opportunity to develop your understanding and skills in chemistry within a pure and applied context. The emphasis is on applications and industrial relevance - particularly within the pharmaceutical industry - with the theoretical and practical aspects taught through application. This will lead to a familiarity with the basic principles of chemistry ensuring you develop an impressive range of problem-solving skills.

About You:

If you are creative, focused and wish to develop your understanding and skills in chemistry, then Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences is for you.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admissions to the University (see How to Apply section), the following requirements apply: OC3 or HD3 Maths PLUS OC3 or HD3 in one of physics, chemistry, biology, physics with chemistry, agricultural science.

Course Structure:

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 to other DCU science courses. In Year Two, the mainstream chemistry courses 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 the 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 area of interest.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2016 - 2017)

Why DCU:

  • High practical (laboratory) and IT content.
  • Access to new modern laboratories.
  • Opportunity for industrial placement in pharmaceutical industry.
  • Strong research profile.
  • The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences degree course is the first in Ireland to be awarded the Eurobachelor label (See

International Students
Non-native English speakers who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to apply to the International Foundation Certificate (IFC) course. This course will help you to achieve the English language requirements necessary for entry into this course. It will also help you to adjust to the culture of irish university learning. See for full details of the IFC course.

Career Prospects:

Your opportunities are extensive both at home and abroad. Obviously much will depend on your specialisations but you can expect to fill such positions as process chemist, development chemist, analytical chemist and research chemist/scientist, in diverse sectors such as the pharmaceutical, food and drink, brewing and fine chemical industries.

This course is also suitable for those who ultimately wish to pursue a career in teaching (see for further details).

Postgraduate opportunities are also available.

What Our Graduates Say
"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, 2007 graduate (Presently pursuing PhD at DCU)

Entry Requirements:

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

OC3 or HD3 in Mathematics PLUS Grade OC3 or HD3 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry, 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 C in Mathematics PLUS GCE A-Level D or GCE AS-Level C or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme your 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 already achieved an appropriate standard in the major subjects covered in Year 1. 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/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
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

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