Do you want to have real impact in an area such as drug design, climate change,fighting pollution, or smart materials development? Chemists who can unlock the power of artificial intelligence (AI) are in huge demand globally when it comes to finding new medicines and sustainable materials. It’s fair to say they’re creating a new tomorrow for everyone as AI revolutionises how drugs and materials are discovered, developed and produced.
Applying the power of AI
During the course, you’ll explore AI applications in chemistry using large datasets, powerful computing architectures and advanced learning algorithms. As you develop your understanding of how to apply AI techniques and technologies, you’ll also learn from our deeply involved industry partners, who take an active role throughout the course.
During the first two years, you’ll study the fundamental basis of chemistry, and then go on to learn programming, machine learning and the skills and theory you need to apply AI to chemistry. In third year you’ll do an INTRA work placement, while in your final year, you’ll carry out independent research in an area of applied chemistry.
Future-proof your career
Given the scale of the chemical pharmaceutical industry and the dearth of chemists with specialist AI know-how, graduates will be in particularly high demand. You may go on to work for large multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical or materials sectors, but could also choose to join a start-up or small business that needs your expertise.
To study Chemistry with Artificial Intelligence, you must join our Chemical Sciences General Entry programme (DC163) and choose this option at the end of Year 1.
Careers & Further Options
Given the scale of the chemical pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and globally, chemistry graduates are always highly sought after. Those who choose to study chemistry with AI will find themselves in particularly high demand, given industry needs and a dearth of chemists with specialist AI know how.
Graduates could opt to work for large multinational companies in the pharmaceutical or materials sectors, but could also choose to join a start-up that needs an AI specialist to help direct its activities or a small-to-medium-size company that needs desk chemists with an AI specialism.
- Drug discovery, design, delivery
- Environmental monitoring
- Formulation chemist
- Marketing and sales
- Process chemist
- Quality Control
- Research and Development
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.
- Practical Biology
- Interdisciplinary Science
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Spectroscopic Workshops
- Biomolecules and Metabolism
- Linear Algebra
- Kinetics and Thermodynamics
- Bio-organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to work in industry as part of our industrial training programme (INTRA). In Years 3 and 4 you will also study the skills and theory you need to apply AI to chemistry. A major element of final year is the capstone research project, in which you get to pursue independent research in an area of applied chemistry.
The use of AI is only going to further increase in drugs and materials firms, and the course has been designed to ensure graduate employability into the future. Industry partners will be actively involved throughout the four years, helping to develop the course, deciding skill sets, suggesting software, providing assignments and offering assessments.
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Life On Campus
At DCU, our students can expect a unique campus experience. We are known for our excellent teaching and learning facilities, our active clubs and societies, and our great social and sporting facilities. All this makes DCU an exciting place to be.
DCU has three academic campuses; Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s and All Hallows (both in Drumcondra), all close to Dublin City centre.
They can be reached by public transport, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, with our Drumcondra campuses a ten minute walk from Drumcondra Train Station. Glasnevin is a 20 minute walk from St Patrick’s and All Hallows. They are also linked by Dublin Bus.
Each campus has a library (O’Reilly, Cregan and Woodlock Hall), study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. There are sports facilities on Glasnevin and St. Patrick’s, and there is a dedicated sports campus, St Claire’s, located near Glasnevin on the Ballymun Road.
DCU’s 19,000 students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses.
These include modern learning theatres, research centres, a new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of Languages, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biotechnology, as well as a Sports Performance centre and a training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.
We continue to improve and update our facilities. For example, construction of a new world-class STEM facility is underway on the Glasnevin campus. With capacity for an extra 3,000 STEM students, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines.
Studying in DCU isn’t just about course work. The university is rich in student life and activities.
There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year. They span everything from rugby to rock climbing, anime to jazz.
For many students, sport is an important part of the DCU experience. DCU’s Sports Complex boasts a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness centre gym, all-weather pitches and squash courts, as well as soccer, GAA and rugby pitches. DCU Dóchas Éireann, the university’s GAA club, is the largest third level Gaelic Games club in the country. Meanwhile, DCU Athletics has been Ireland’s highest achieving university club for many years. And DCU has dozens of other clubs to get involved in, from Archery to Weightlifting.
The Glasnevin campus is home to our purpose built, state-of-the-art student centre, The U, which serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body. Here, you will find the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub. Also located on our Glasnevin campus is The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.
On our St Patrick’s campus, we have the Java Student Hub, a vibrant, warm and welcoming space where students can meet for coffee, play music, use the projector to watch events, or just relax. The walls of the Java Hub were designed based on the cultural history of St Patrick’s Campus, including the special references to the notable sporting history and history of the arts.
We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.
Student Advice Centre - Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice
The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year
Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules
Student Learning - facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence.
Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.
Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.
Is DCU all one campus?
DCU is a multi campus university - the Glasnevin, St Patrick's and All Hallows campuses. The St Patrick's campus is where the Education courses are taught and some of the subjects from the BA Joint Honours degree. There is a 20-25 minute walk between the campuses but there are buses and bikes available to go between them also.
If I'm studying on the St Patrick's campus, can I use the library and sports centre on the Glasnevin campus?
Yes, all facilities such as sports and accommodation are open for all DCU students to avail of.
Are there libraries in DCU and if they have wifi and work stations?
We have a brand new state of the art four floor library on our St. Patrick's Campus which complements the existing library on the Glasnevin campus. There is free wifi, work stations as well as desktop computers.
Does DCU provide accommodation?
DCU does have on-campus accommodation for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and you can find out more and apply via the Accommodation Office webpage.