Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH210

CAO Points : 444

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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If you would like to specialise in chemistry for the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, this is the degree for you. While it is ideal for those considering a career in
the pharmaceutical or biotechnology sectors it will allow you to acquire skills that are transferable and provide employment opportunities in both chemistry and non-chemistry based careers.
This innovative programme develops skills in problem-solving, communication, scientific writing and presentation – all highly valued in the workforce. Chemistry is taken with Mathematics, Biology and one other Science subject in first year, with Chemical Biology and Mathematics in second year, and with Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Chemistry and Chemical Biology in third year.
In fourth year you will have the opportunity to undertake a six-month industrial work placement/internship (subject to availability) which will give you a significant insight into the industry/research environment, as well as take a selection of specialised pharmaceutical and biomedical chemistry courses. In this programme you will receive an excellent education in chemistry and study a range of different aspects of chemistry, (physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry), and have the opportunity to specialise in pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry.
1st year
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • 1 other subject (Computer Science, Experimental Physics or Critical Skills)
2nd year
  • Chemical Biology
  • Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry
  • Mathematics
3rd & 4th year
  • Biomedical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Work placement (subject to availability)
Course Duration: 4 years

  • The pharma-chemical industry in Ireland employs more than 25,000 people and it accounts for some 13% of total exports. Chemists work at pharmaceutical biotechnology companies, agrochemical firms, oil companies, forensic science and manufacturers of detergents, paints and cosmetics;
  • Employment in the business and financial sectors, the government, journalism and the health services;
  • Postgraduate study options currently include: MSc in Chemistry: Research areas - Organic, Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry/Physical and Analytical Chemistry/Biophysical Chemistry/Inorganic Chemistry.
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 the 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, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
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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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