Chemistry BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK402 & CK406

Course Title: Chemistry

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science


Duration: 4 Years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: Refer to CK402 and CK406


The BSc in Chemistry will educate you in core areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as the more specialised areas of environmental, materials and pharmaceutical chemistry.

This broad-based course provides an excellent foundation for employment or for further study. On completion of the degree in chemistry, you will be able to:

  • identify, formulate, analyse and solve chemistry problems
  • outline fundamental aspects of chemistry
  • design and carry out an experiment to test a hypothesis or theory in chemistry
  • prepare written laboratory reports that provide a description of the experiment, explain the
  • experiment and the reasoning clearly, and provide an appropriate conclusion
  • communicate effectively with the chemistry communities

Many graduates work in industry, including microelectronics and pharmaceuticals, or in government laboratories. Others undertake further study in various specialised areas of chemistry.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

Refer to CK402 and CK406

Year 2 Modules:


Main Group & Transition Element Chemistry;  Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry;  Energetics & Kinetics;  States of Matter;  Structures & Reactions of Main Group Compounds; Aromatics, Carbonyls & Alkenes;  Spectroscopy;  Structure, Bonding & Quantum Mechanics


Numerical Methods and Programming;  Biomolecules;  Principles of Metabolic Pathways;  Crystallography, Optics and Mineralogy;  Intermediate Calculus for Scientists;  Linear Algebra, Molecular Biology;  Physiology;  Quantum Physics;  Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics;  Biostatistics

Year 3 Modules:

Inorganic Chemistry;  Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds;  Physical Chemistry;  Analytical Chemistry;  Environmental Chemistry and Analysis;  Materials Chemistry;  Pharmaceutical Chemistry;   Scientific Communication and Information Literacy Skills (SCILS)

Year 4 Modules:


Advanced Inorganic Chemistry;  Advanced Organic Synthesis, Biosynthesis and Reactivity;  Photochemistry & Spectroscopy;  Interfaces, Microscopy & Modelling;  Advanced Analytical Chemistry;  Advanced Research Projects


Advanced Nano Materials;    Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry;  Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution 

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the  Book of Modules for Chemistry for further details on modules.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: Lectures and workshops normally take place in the morning with practical classes in the afternoons in Years 1, 2 and 3. Usually there are 12 to 15 hours of lectures/workshops per week.

Expected lab/practical hours: Usually 6-9 hours per week are spent in laboratory sessions.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.  Laboratory skills and knowledge are assessed wholly by continuous assessment. Continuous assessment also comprises take-home assignments, in-class tests and tutorial sheets based on lecture material.

Who Teaches This Course

The course is primarily taught by academic staff from the Department of Chemistry. Some specialised topics are also covered by researchers based at the Tyndall National Institute.

Further Contact Information

Professor M.A. Morris

Head of Department

T: +353 (0)21 490 2180



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