INTRA Programme BSc Analytical Science

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BSc Analytical Science


The Objective of this four-year, full-time degree is to produce graduates who:  

  • Have a good grasp of basic analytical, chemical and biological techniques 
  • Are capable of tackling analytical problems of a chemical or biological nature 
  • Are able to design, carry out and interpret their measurements within the context of a given problem 
  • Have an awareness of the needs of both industry and government for accurate and reliable analytical data

Programme Outline

The first two years of this programme provide a grounding in the fundamentals of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Computing. Laboratory work in years one and two is concerned with the development of manipulative and observational skills, together with precise and accurate quantitative methods. During the second half of the programme, students will elect for a Chemistry or Biology option and will obtain further enhanced fundamental skills together with highly specialised methods of analysis. A multiple-technique approach to problem solving is emphasised throughout the programme. 

Work Areas

Students from BSc Analytical Science will have the ability to work in the following areas (among others): 

  • Pharmaceuticals and fine chemical industries 
  • Pollution and water treatment plants 
  • Polymeric materials industries (plastics, paints, petro-chemicals, adhesives) 
  • Establishment, maintenance, assessment and control of standards 
  • Bioanalytical method development 
  • Trace metal and organic analysis 
  • Bio, Environmental and Clinical analysis 
  • Quality control 
  • Research and Development 
  • Process Development and management 
  • Technical services 

INTRA Internship

Students from BSc Analytical Science are required to complete a six month INTRA placement at the end of third year.


Course Modules

  • How life works 1
  • How life works 2
  • Practical Biology
  • Introductory Chemistry 1
  • Introductory Chemistry 2
  • Interdisciplinary Science
  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Mathematics for Scientists 1
  • Mathematics for Scientists 2
  • Physics for General Science I
  • Physics for General Science II
  • Physics Laboratory for General Science


  • Biomolecules and Metabolism
  • Microbiology and Genetics
  • Practical Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Practical Microbiology and Genetics Laboratory
  • Spectroscopy and Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Visualisation and Validation of Laboratory Data
  • Kinetics and Thermodynamics
  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Lab
  • Organic Chem Lab and Spectroscopic Workshop
  • Probability and Statistics


Core Modules

  • Cell Biology
  • Bioanalytical Practicals I
  • Separation Techniques
  • Analytical Spectroscopy
  • Regulation and Data Analysis
  • Analysis of Organic and Inorganic Species
  • Environmental Monitoring and Forensic Biology

Optional Modules

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Organometallics and Polymer Chemistry

INTRA (Compulsory)

Core Modules

  • Biopharmaceutical and Immunological Analysis
  • Advanced Spectroscopy
  • Genetic & Pharmaceutical Analysis in Forensic

Optional Modules

  • Gene Cloning and Gene Expression
  • Industrial Bioprocessing
  • Bioanalytical Practicals II
  • Analytical Science Literature Survey
  • Analytical Science Research Project
  • Interfacial and Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Advanced Analytical Applications
  • Soil, Energy and Waste
  • Literature Survey
  • Project
  • Uaneen Non-Contributing Module



If you would be interested in hiring from this programme, please get in touch.


INTRA Coordinator Email Address   Contact Number 
Fiona Deane   01-7008877