School of Chemical Sciences

Chemical Sciences General Entry

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New Entry Route to Chemical Sciences Programmes

Chemistry is the key to understanding the world we live in. Chemical science unlocks the secrets to many challenges facing us, for example, understanding and developing pharmaceuticals that enable us to create treatments for diseases and thus changing people's lives.

If this type of Science appeals to you, then our Chemical Sciences General Entry programme is for you. Chemistry holds the key to our future, continuously developing new cures while creating possibilities for a greener, more sustainable future. With our Chemical Sciences General Entry option which includes lots of innovative hands-on laboratory work in our modern laboratories, you can be a part of this future. 

This course introduces you to the fascinating world of chemical sciences, allowing you to experience a wide array of topics before specialising in:

To hear more about the School of Chemical Sciences, listen to Prof Silvia Giordani (Head of School and Chair of Nanomaterials) in this short video. You can see a showcase of her work designing nano-sized chemotherapies in this edition of Nature.


The Chemical Sciences General Entry programme will provide you with the opportunity to study different types of chemistry, so that you can discover which aspects of chemistry inspire you most before choosing your degree specialism. 

The programme ensures you will gain excellent hands-on laboratory experience in our award winning undergraduate laboratories (Education lab of the Year-Irish Laboratory Award).  Small student groups within the laboratory assisted by a fully trained laboratory Tutors helps to ensure an excellent student-centred laboratory learning experience for each student.·      

You will have the opportunity to study dynamic and interesting Chemistry topics and some Biology focused modules before you select your preferred degree programme and the end of year one. Topics include drug design, analytical techniques as applied to industry and forensics, environmental chemistry and biomolecules

Upon successful completion of year one the degree choices are:

The  dynamic range of labwork you will conduct ensures you will develop your problem solving skills while conducting innovative experiments that reflect the needs of the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical  and broader Chemical industry. 

For more information and an overview of our courses here in the School of Chemical Sciences visit our undergraduate course presentation pages.

View the current course structure

For more information on every aspect of studying at DCU visit our CAO Hub where you can listen to taster lectures, hear from our student ambassadors and find answers to frequently asked questions.

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.


Choosing Chemistry in DCU gave me the all skills and opportunities to have a wonderfully diverse career, working in a wide range of roles, from research, through technical, to my current role as a Forensic Scientist

Sarah Martyn, Analytical Science Graduate and PhD Graduate.  Forensics Science Ireland, Garda Headquarters, Dublin 

Graduates will have the opportunity to work in a number of industries, including:

  • Food and drinks,
  • Cosmetics and pharmaceuticals,
  • Forensics,
  • Advanced manufacturing.

Our graduates work in research and development laboratories,

  • Discovering new drugs,
  • Developing vaccines,
  • Ensuring medicines are safe.

Our graduates support our environment,

  • Reducing waste,
  • Creating greener technologies.



General Entry Requirements

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.

Leaving Cert

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, Physics with Chemistry, Biology or Agricultural Science

FET 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. 

EU Transfer Applications

Holders of Higher Certificate/National Certificates or Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diplomas with Merit or Distinction may be admitted into second year if the relevant Programme Boards are satisfied that the candidate has achieved an appropriate standard in the major subjects covered in Year One. Direct entry into third year is possible for well-motivated students holding a distinction at Diploma level in a related discipline. Please apply directly to DCU using the R10 form. Closing date for applications 1st July.

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.


Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

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

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.

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 R10 by clicking here