Course Title
Faculty of Science and Health

Common Entry into Science

Common Entry into Science

  • CAO CodeDC201
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 454
  • Duration 1 Year

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

The Common Entry route allows you to sample the three main sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, in first year, so you can decide which you enjoy most before choosing the stream you want to pursue.

After completing the Common Entry year successfully, you’ll enter into second year of one of eight degree courses.

  • BSc Genetics and Cell Biology 
  • BSc Biotechnology 
  • BSc Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science
  • BSc Analytical Science
  • BSc Environmental Science and Technology 
  • BSc Applied Physics
  • BSc Physics with Astronomy
  • BSc Physics with Biomedical Sciences

DCU staff and students have recorded some short video presentations explaining each of our undergraduate courses and answering some frequently asked questions.  We hope you will find them useful in gathering the information you need to help you make an informed decision on your future course of study with the DCU Faculty of Science and Health.

Why do this course?

  • Opportunity to study all the major sciences at first year level
  • Option to pursue one of eight, highly regarded degree courses at the end of Year One
  • A strong emphasis on laboratory teaching to give all students the essential basic skills to become successful laboratory scientists in industry, government, non-governmental organisations and academia
  • Innovative, student-centred approaches to teaching and learning enables students to achieve full potential
  • Strong innovation and enterprise culture with emphasis on discovery for societal impact enables students to achieve their enterprising and entrepreneurial potential

About the course

The course covers an introduction to biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Students who successfully complete first year will be offered a place on the second year of one of the following degree courses:

View the current course structure →

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.


Depending on your choice of degree programme, you could consider a career in a wide variety of industries.


  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Development Chemist
  • Education
  • Environmental Officer
  • European Regulation
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Lasers
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Production Quality Control
  • Research and Development

In these areas


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, Agricultural Science or Computer 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, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

QQI level 5

For details of QQI 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

Please contact Registry for further information

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
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

Register/Pay Online

Common Entry into Science Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €15,000