Analytical Science

Analytical Science

Course Details

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NFQ Level:
8 - Please see for further information
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4 Years
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Interested in using scientific analysis to help make a better world? Analytical science is the science of detection and measurement. We benefit from it every day, from purity checks of medicines to industrial waste monitoring or the analysis in forensic laboratories. In a world deluged by data, analytical scientists can help make sense of things and solve problems of critical importance. 

During this interdisciplinary course, you will  learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical, biochemical and microbiological analysis. In first year, you’ll gain essential background knowledge in chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics, and get hands-on laboratory experience. From second year on, you’ll focus on analytical science and from third year, you’ll specialise in either chemical or biological analysis.

Building real-world capabilities

In third year, you’ll do an INTRA work placement, gaining vital real-world experience. In your final year, you’ll focus on specialised methods and applications, along with a full-time project in the final semester, helping you to develop your own approach to solving complex problems. 

As a graduate, you’ll be sought after in sectors such as biopharmaceuticals, public health, cosmetic laboratories, manufacturing, brewing, environmental monitoring, government and education. Typical roles could include process development, validation and quality control roles in contexts such as chemical, forensic and medicinal analysis laboratories, hospital laboratories, medicinal and analytical research and manufacturing plants. You can also choose to continue with further studies in research and development or teaching.

DCU People

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Dr Mary Pryce

Having graduated with a degree in Analytical Science, I have always been interested in photochemistry and inorganic chemistry.

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Olivia Gray

I was unsure what I would like to do at college so I chose Common Entry Science.

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Careers & Further Options

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You will be highly sought after by many of Ireland’s leading companies and public service providers. 

Past graduates have gained a variety of positions within Ireland’s growing pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry – in areas such as quality control, product research and development and testing. 

Other opportunities include manufacturing industries looking for graduates with strong analytical skills, such as in brewing, agricultural fertiliser production and fine chemicals production. 

Graduates have also obtained positions within government agencies involved with environmental monitoring or food quality testing and research. In addition to these, a large number of graduates also choose to undertake postgraduate research.

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


  • Biopharmaceutical
  • Education
  • Food and Beverage
  • Government Agencies
  • Pharmaceuticals


DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.


Entry Requirements

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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.

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 or Agricultural Science

GCE A Level general entry requirements can be found here: Please note these may vary slightly for some programmes

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


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Applicants that have completed at least one year of study at NFQ Level 6, 7 or 8 at another institution may apply to continue their studies on a similar programme at DCU. There should be substantial overlap in content between the two programmes to be considered for a transfer. Results and other supporting documentation must be submitted to CAO by the closing date of 1st July. This is a competitive application process for a small quota of advanced entry places. Offers are made on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Early application is advised. Please note: Applicants should also consider applying through the appropriate route for first year entry to the programme they are interested in. This application process is only for advanced entry.

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.

Course Structure

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  • Chemistry, Physics and Biology Laboratories 
  • Mathematics 
  • Chemistry 
  • Biology 
  • Interdisciplinary Science 
  • Physics
  • Biomolecules and Metabolism 
  • Microbiology and Genetics 
  • Spectroscopy and Physical Chemistry 
  • Kinetics and Thermodynamics 
  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Visualisation and Validation 
  • Mathematics 
  • Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry Laboratories 
  • Spectroscopic Workshop 
  • Biochemistry and Microbiology Laboratories
  • Environmental Monitoring and Forensic Biology 
  • Physiological Systems and Cell Biology
  • Bio-analytical Laboratories 
  • Separation Techniques 
  • Analytical Spectroscopy 
  • Regulation and Data Analysis 
  • Analysis of Organic and Inorganic Species 


Chemistry Pathway

  • Organometallics and Polymer Chemistry

Biology Pathway

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Advanced Spectroscopy 
  • Genetic and Pharmaceutical Analysis 
  • Advanced Spectroscopic Workshop 
  • Biopharmaceutical and Immunological Analysis


Year 4 Options

Chemistry Pathway

  • Interfacial and Supra-molecular Chemistry 
  • Analytical Applications 
  • Soil, Energy and Waste 
  • Literature Survey 
  • Project

Biology Pathway

  • Gene Cloning and Gene Expression 
  • Industrial Bioprocessing 
  • Bio-analytical Laboratories 
  • Literature Survey 
  • Project

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

To apply for this programme:

Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 6th November to 1st July.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

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