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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Qualification : BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH201

CAO Points : 350

THE MAYNOOTH BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE

  • One of our most popular science degrees - offering excellent flexibility and choice to MU science students. See the CAREER OPTIONS tab for a video “What can I do with Science at MU?”.
  • Choose 4 subjects from the 8 available (1 of the 4 must be Mathematics). Refine your subject choices during the following three years of your BSc degree. Please check the Course Structure tab for details about some timetabling limits for subject combinations.
  • No decision about subject choice is necessary until four weeks after commencement of 1st year. This gives you a chance to sample various subjects and make an informed decision.
  • Science at MU challenges students to consider new perspectives and new ways of approaching problems and ideas.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of your choice of subjects while developing critical thinking, analysis and communication skills.
  • We offer progression options into specialised degrees at the end of first year, depending on the student's subjects and results. The possible transfer pathways are listed in Course Structure.

Meet MH201 graduate Dr Darragh Ennis (aka The Menace from ITV's The Chaser)

First year

  • Mathematics (required in first year)
  • Plus choose three subjects from:

> Biology
> Chemistry
> Computer Science
> Data Science7
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics
 

Please scroll down to the NOTES to see the timetabling restrictions in certain subject combinations.

Second year

Continue with 3 of the 4 subjects taken in first year or apply to *transfer into a specialised degree (*the number of transfer places is limited and it is competitive)

> Biology
> Chemistry
> Computer Science1
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics
> Mathematics
> Statistics4
> Elective or Critical Skills (10 credit optional)

1st year 2nd year transfer degree Requirements for eligibility to transfer
MH201 MH202 BSc Biotechnology Students must take Biology, Chemistry and Maths plus 1 other available 1st year subject.
Students must achieve an overall grade of 60%. Places are limited and are based on results.
  MH204 BSc Astrophysics
 
Students attaining 60% in Experimental Physics and 60% in either Mathematics or Mathematical Physics in 1st year of MH201 may apply to transfer into 2nd year of MH204. Places are limited and are based on results.
  MH207 BSc Data Science Students must take Computer Science/Mathematics/Data Science plus 1 other available 1st year subject. Students must pass the year and achieve an overall grade of 55% or better in Mathematics in their 1st year science examination.
  MH208 BSc Biological and Biomedical Sciences Students must take Biology, Mathematics plus 2 other available subjects.
Transfer is based on Leaving Certificate performance and 1st year university results.
  MH210 BSc Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry Students must take Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry plus 1 other available 1st year subject.
Students must achieve an overall grade of 60%. Places are limited and are based on results.
  MH212 SED Science
(with Education)
Students must take Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Experimental Physics. Up to 2 places each year may be available in MH212 for students successfully completing their first year of MH201. Selection is on the basis of first year results and the responses on the application form.
  MH212 MCS Computer Science and Mathematics (with Education) Students must take Mathematics and Computer Science plus 2 available 1st year subjects. Up to 2 places each year may be available in MH212 for students successfully completing their first year of MH201. Selection is on the basis of 1st year results and the responses on the application form.
  MH212 MED Mathematics
(with Education)
Students must take Mathematics, Mathematical Physics plus 2 other available 1st year subjects.
Up to 2 places each year may be available in MH212 for students successfully completing their first year of MH201. Selection is on the basis of first year results and the responses on the application form.
  MH304 BE Electronic Engineering MH201 Engineering Science to 2nd year MH304 BE Electronic Engineering for students who have taken Engineering Science, Computer Science, Mathematics and one other subject. Subject to attaining 50% or more in Mathematics and passing 1st year. Subject to availability of places.
  MH602 BSc Computer Science & Software Engineering

Students must take 22.5 credits Computer Science (including CS172), Mathematics plus one other available subject. Students must pass 1st year MH201. There is no limit on places.

 

  MH602 BSc Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development Students must take 22.5 credits Computer Science (including CS172), Mathematics plus one other available subject. Students must pass 1st year MH201. There is no limit on places.

Third year

Continue with 2 of the 3 subjects taken in 2nd year
> Applied Mathematics
> Biology
> Chemistry3
> Computer Science2
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics3
> Mathematics (Pure)
> Statistics4 5

Fourth year

Double Major: continue with your two subjects taken in third year
> Applied Mathematics
> Biology
> Chemistry3
> Computer Science2
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics3
> Mathematics (Pure)
> Statistics4 5

or

Single Major: continue with one of the two subjects taken in third year
> Applied Mathematics
> Biology
> Chemistry3
> Computer Science2
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics3
> Mathematics (Pure)

NOTES:

1 Students taking Computer Science in second year must also take Mathematics.
2 Students intending to take Computer Science as a Single Major degree must take Mathematics (Pure) or Mathematics (Applied) in third year.
3 Chemistry and Mathematical Physics cannot be taken together in third or fourth year.
4 Statistics may not be taken with Mathematical Physics in any year, or with Chemistry in third and fourth year. Students taking Statistics must also take Mathematics in second year.
5 Statistics can be, but does not have to be, combined with Mathematics in third and fourth year.
6 Engineering Science cannot be taken with Biology. Students taking Engineering Science must also take Computer Science. Students may take Computer Science and not take Engineering Science.
7 Data Science cannot be combined with Mathematical Physics. Students taking Data Science in first year can follow on with Statistics in second year, provided they get 55% in first year Mathematics. However, Data Science in first year is not a requirement for taking Statistics in second year.

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  • As a student of science or engineering at Maynooth, you will have access to leading researchers working in research institutes including the Callan Institute, Hamilton Institute, Institute of Immunology and National Centre for Geocomputation – all of which are associated with the Faculty.
  • You will develop strong problem-solving and analytical skills during your degree with your theoretical knowledge reinforced through practical sessions in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • You will develop advanced teamwork, leadership and numeracy skills – all of which are highly valued in many sectors of the labour market.

Career pathways for MH201 graduates: depending on the subjects chosen (and potential further specialisation), roles for MH201 graduates include, but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture
  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Diagnostics
  • Energy
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Food processing
  • Hospitals
  • ICT
  • Manufacturing (including cosmetics, computers, electronics, medical equipment)
  • Medical technologies
  • Ophthalmic
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Research & development
  • Science Communications
  • Scientific publishers
  • Teaching
  • Telecommunications
  • Water/environmental control
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science Yes O6 H7

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature Applicants 

Mature applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21. 
Click here to be taken to our mature applicant information page - tab 3 on that page outlines application steps for this degree.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2024 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2024

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate Applicants 

Required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, O4/H7 Mathematics & O6/H7 in a Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry). MH201 Round 1 Points 2023: 350

HEAR and DARE

DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes.

The Maynooth Education

Click here for details about optional Critical Skills courses, Electives and degree pathways.

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students) - Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, O4/H7 Mathematics & O6/H7 in a Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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