Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Course Details

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4 Years
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Are you a highly motivated independent student who is eager to challenge yourself in the different branches of chemistry?


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Are you curious about how chemistry affects our world, both in nature and when it comes to preparing and using everyday materials such as polymers, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, flavours and fragrances. If that’s the case and you’re a highly motivated independent student who is eager to challenge yourself in the different branches of chemistry, this course is for you. 

This course offers a compelling mix of technical knowledge and more hands-on practical experience than other similar courses, meaning you’ll be better prepared for the workforce or postgraduate study. During it, you’ll gain fundamental knowledge in organic, inorganic, physical, medicinal and analytical chemistry, along with practical lab skills and the ability to apply the theory you’ve learned. You’ll also build your creative, innovation and presentation skills. 

Preparing for exciting future opportunities

In third year, you’ll do a four- to six-month INTRA work placement in industry or in academic labs, in Ireland or overseas. This will give you vital experience, and enable you to learn new skills and develop contacts that can often lead to employment opportunities after finishing your degree.

As a graduate you’ll be sought after in sectors such as the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical, chemical/materials, specialty chemical, food and government laboratories. Typical roles could include process development, synthetic chemistry, formulation, regulatory affairs, quality control/assurance, analytical method development and medicinal chemistry. Others may go into teaching or patent law, while some decide to go on to further study for a masters or a doctorate. 

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Careers & Further Options

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Your opportunities are extensive both at home and abroad. Obviously, much will depend on your specialisations, but you can expect to fill such positions as process chemist, development chemist, analytical chemist and research chemist/scientist in diverse sectors such as the pharmaceutical, food and drink, brewing and fine chemical industries.

This course is also suitable for those who ultimately wish to pursue a career in teaching, as it is recognised by the Teaching Council to teach chemistry (see for further details).

Postgraduate opportunities are also available.



  • Education
  • Fine Chemical Industries
  • Food and Beverage
  • Materials Industries
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics
  • Veterinary Industries


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, Physics with Chemistry, Biology or Agricultural Science

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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.

Additional Criteria

Applicants should have a first-class honours or equivalent in chemistry-related modules for advanced entry to 2nd year from a NFQ Level 6/7/8 course.

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 
  • Kinetics and Thermodynamics 
  • Spectroscopy and Physical Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Bio-organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
  • Visualisation and Validation or Laboratory Data 
  • Organic / Physical / Inorganic Chemistry Laboratories 
  • Spectroscopic Workshop 
  • Mathematics
  • Separation Techniques 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Computational and Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Synthesis and Analysis of Pharmaceuticals (Laboratory) 
  • Medicinal Chemistry 
  • Formulation 
  • Data Analysis and Regulation
  • Organometallics and Polymer Chemistry 
  • Advanced Spectroscopy 
  • Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry 
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Bioinspired Synthesis 
  • Drug Design Workshop 
  • Literature Survey 
  • Research Project

Year 4 Options

  • Advanced Medicinal Chemistry 
  • Interfacial and Supramolecular Chemistry

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 06th November to the 1st July.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

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