Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH212

CAO Points : 441

Closing Date : 01 February 2018

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  • If you would like to graduate with a second level teacher qualification to teach two science subjects then the BSc Science (with Education) is for you.
  • BScEd students graduate after four years with a Level 8 BSc Science (with Education) degree, and are guaranteed a place in year five for the Level 9 Professional Master of Education. At the end of year five, graduates are fully qualified and registered second level science teachers.
  • By choosing this degree you will have a range of options open to you after four years. Having studied Science and Education for four years you are awarded a BSc Science (with Education) degree - a level 8 honours degree. You can decide to exit the programme at this stage or stay on for one more year of postgraduate study which will result in the Level 9 Professional Master of Education degree. This extra year is required in order to meet the Teaching Council requirements to be registered as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in two subjects. 
  • Having completed the five years of the BSc Science (with Education) degree, students have a Professional Master of Education (PME). Graduates from this programme are on an equal footing with graduates from the consecutive route (i.e. four year BSc followed by two year PME). Through this pathway you are fully qualified after five years rather than taking the six year route.
  • After four years of concurrent Science and Education studies, students may graduate with a Level 8 honours degree in Science (with Education).
  • To become a fully qualified science teacher, students must complete a fifth year of study at Masters level – the Professional Master of Education. 
  • Once you reach the required standards after 4th year, the place in 5th year is guaranteed.


Course Duration: 5 years (4 years BSc + 1 year PME)

After five years of study on the Science (with Education) degree students will have achieved a Level 9, Professional Master of Education (PME) teaching qualification in two science subjects. Graduates will be ready to apply for teaching positions in second level schools.
We offer a range of postgraduate courses which currently include:
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling
  • Masters degree in one of your subject areas


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

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Science test and/or interview. 
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2018.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2018 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 2018

Additional Information

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, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
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An offer of a place on this course is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.
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Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
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.


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)
  • 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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