Undergraduate Chemistry Degrees

School of Chemistry

The School of Chemistry at University College Cork teaches the necessary skills and knowledge to be a modern practising chemist across a spectrum of interests. The degree programme also provides graduates with the problem solving and communication skills required by employers in a wide variety of careers in management and commerce.  The School of Chemistry offers several undergraduate degrees with different emphases to match the interests and career aspirations of students: BSc (Chemistry), BSc (Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds), BSc (Chemical Physics), and BSc (Chemistry with Forensic Science).  Entry to these degree programmes is competitive and requires good marks in the Leaving Certificate, A-levels, or equivalent qualification.  These degrees and their entrance course codes are outlined below.

BSc (Chemistry)

Approved by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and RSC accredited.

Chemical knowledge is essential to so many aspects of modern life and forms the basis of many high technology fields, whether in materials science, nanotechnology, environmental monitoring, or pharmaceutical chemistry.  Chemistry is an essential discipline in tackling the challenges of the future, such as environmental remediation, design of new medicines, and developing new energy sources.  The BSc in Chemistry provides a strong and broad focus in chemistry, giving graduating students a wide range of possible career options and very good employment prospects.  Entrance to the BSc (Chemistry) degree is through course codes CK402 (Biological and Chemical Sciences) and CK406 (Chemical Sciences).

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BSc (Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds)

Approved by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and RSC accredited.

The BSc in Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds provides students with a strong foundation in the chemical and biological sciences with a specific focus on pharmaceutical chemistry.  The degree produces graduates with exceptional technical knowledge and skills who are then capable of contributing to the design and discovery of new medicines.  Graduating students are not only ideally qualified to work in Ireland's strong and robust pharmaceutical instrustry, but also have the skills needed to embark on a career in research in drug design and discovery.  Close contacts between UCC and the pharmaceutical companies, many of which are clustered around Cork, gives graduating students superb employment opportunities in this extremely important sector of the economy.  Entrance to the BSc (Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds) degree is via course code CK402 (Biological and Chemical Sciences).

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BSc (Chemistry with Forensic Science)

Approved by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.

The BSc in Chemistry with Forensic Science caters for the growing need to apply chemical analysis to law enforcement and to personal and national security. Forensic scientists use laboratory analysis to examine evidence from the scene of a crime using a diverse range of techniques. The degree programme builds on broad expertise in forensics at UCC across a range of fields.  These include not only chemistry and chemical analysis, but also in forensic psychology, medicine, and genetics.  Entrance to the BSc (Chemistry with Forensic Science) degree is via course code CK402 (Biological and Chemical Sciences) and CK406 (Chemical Sciences).

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BSc (Chemical Physics)

Chemical physics straddles the border of chemistry and physics and combines the complementary knowledge and experimental and computational skills of both disciplines to investigate and manipulate matter at a molecular level.   The course provides a very strong grounding in both physics and chemistry, the foundational physical sciences, and is ideally suited to students who are really curious about how and why the world works at a molecular level.   The broad education in the physical sciences, the highly-developed problem solving and analytical skills, the training in experimental methods all ensure the graduate with Chemical Physics of excellent employment prospects in industry, government, teaching, and academia.  Entrance to the BSc (Chemical Physics) degree is via CK406 (Chemical Sciences) or CK408 (Physics and Astrophysics).  The School of Chemistry offers the only degree in Chemical Physics in Ireland.

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School of Chemistry

Adjoining Main Campus, University College Cork, College Rd, Cork, Ireland

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