UCC Undergraduate courses

Chemical Sciences

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Chemical Sciences

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,170 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    1 x H4, 1 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Maths and a Lab science subject are required. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2020: 462

  • CAO Points Range

    2020: 462-590

Course Outline

Chemistry provides a scientific understanding of molecules and how they react together, leading to exciting developments in the use of the advanced materials we see around us in the world. It is the study of the properties and behaviour of all matter.

Chemical Sciences gives you access to four degree programmes in Chemistry, Chemistry with Forensic Science, Chemical Physics, and Education in Physical Sciences.

If you particularly enjoy Chemistry, Physics or Maths as Leaving Certificate subjects, are happy working in a laboratory environment and enjoy the challenge of experimental investigation and research in the physical sciences, then Chemical Sciences may be the course for you.


First Science Area of StudyFirst Year Science ModulesBSc Degree Outlets
Chemical Sciences CK406

Option 1

20 credits in Chemistry:

CM1200 (10 credits)
CM1201 (10 credits)

10 credits in Mathematics:

MA1001 (5 credits) 
MA1002 (5 credits) 


10 credits in Physics from the following*:

PY1010 (10 credits) or [PY1007 (5 credit) and PY1006 (5 credits)]

and 20 credits from the following:

AM1021 (5 credits)
AM1022 (5 credits)
BC1001 (5 credits)
BL1002 (5 credits)

BL1004 (5 credits)
CS1068 (5 credits)
GL1001 (5 credits) 
MB1003 (5 credits) 

BSc Single Honours


Chemistry with Forensic Science** 

Science Education (Chemistry Route only)***

Chemical Sciences CK406

Option 2


20 credits in Chemistry:

CM1200 (10 credits)

CM1201 (10 credits)


10 credits in Applied Mathematics:

AM1021 (5 credits)

AM1022 (5 credits)


10 credits in Mathematics:

MA1011 (5 credits)

MA1012 (5 credits)


20 credits in Physics:

PY1052 (10 credits)

PY1053 (10 credits)


BSc Single Honours


Chemical Physics

* Students who have not taken higher level mathematics/physics in their Leaving Certificate examination are strongly advised to take Option 1 and module PY1010.

**Students wishing to pursue the BSc Chemistry with Forensic Science outlet must take  BC1001, BL1002, GL1001 and MB1003.

***Students who wish to enter the BSc in Science Education in second year must choose a minimum of 10 credits in biology in first year in order to satisfy the requirements of the Teaching Council.


Year 1 Modules:


  • CM1200 & CM1201 Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Parts 1 & 2 (10 credits each)


  • AM1052 Introduction to Mechanics (5 credits);
  • AM1053 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (5 credits);
  • BC1001 Introduction to Biochemistry and the Biological Basis of Disease (5 credits);
  • BL1002 Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution (5 credits);
  • CS1068 Introductory programming in Python;
  • GL1001 Introduction to Geology (5 credits);
  • MA1001 Calculus for Science I (5 credits);
  • MA1002 Calculus for Science II(5 credits);
  • MA1058 Introduction to Linear Algebra (5 credits);
  • MA1059 Calculus (5 credits);
  • MB1003 Microbiology in Society (5 credits);
  • PY1010 Physics for Biological and Chemical Sciences (10 credits)  or PY1006 & PY1007 Physics for Engineers I & II (5 credits each)
  • PY1052 Introductory Physics I (10 credits);
  • PY1053 Introductory Physics II (10 credits)


Years 2, 3 & 4:

Student select one degree stream from: Students select one Degree Stream from:

  • Chemistry;
  • Chemistry with Forensic Science;
  • Chemical Physics
  • Science Education (Chemistry Route only)


See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of Programme modules.

Why Choose This Course

Going to UCC and studying chemistry has made me confident that once I have graduated I will be employable

William Daly

Final Year Student

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[The course gives you] a unique set of skills that you won't find it anywhere else in Ireland.

Vincent O'Brien

Graduate, BSc Chemistry with Forensics

If you particularly enjoy Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics as Leaving Cert subjects, are happy working in a laboratory environment and enjoy the challenge of experimental investigation and research in the physical sciences, then Chemical Sciences may be the course for you.

Skills and Careers Information

See the Career Opportunities for each separate degree programme in the CK406 entry route.


Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:  

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. 

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




Lab Science




O6/H7 or H4*

O6/H7 or H4*

H4 in either a Lab Science subject, Maths or Applied Maths or Computer Science*

If the H4 is in Maths, Applied Maths or Computer Science an 06/H7 in a Lab Science subject is also required.

Mature students:   Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview.  Applicants must have studied a laboratory science subject at second level or at QQI/FETAC level, or be able to demonstrate involvement with science-related areas.  Approximately three places are available on this course for mature students.

International students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. 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.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2019/20 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €170.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU applicants: Application to the Year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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