Chemistry with Forensic Science BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK402; CK406

Course Title: Chemistry with Forensic Science

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Chemistry with Forensic 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 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €155.

2017 Entry Requirements: Refer to CK402 and CK406

Entry Points: 2016: 480 (CK402); 460 (CK406).


Chemistry with Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary course involving forensic, chemical and biochemical science, as well as toxicology, psychology, pharmacology and pathology. It also provides practical and communication skills.

The  four-year degree course  is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and its main strengths include:

  • Competitive skills and employability
  • Excellent student experience
  • Hands-on experience
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Research oriented teaching and innovation
  • Presentation and communication skills

Forensic modules have practical examinations and the final year includes a research project in either chemical, forensic or related sciences using the state of the art facilities.

See the student's perspective video.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

Refer to CK402 and CK406

Year 2 Modules:

Biomolecules;  Introduction to Forensic Science;  Current Perspectives in Genetics;  Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry;  Main Group and Transition Element Chemistry;  Energetics and Kinetics;  States of Matter;  Structures & Reactions of Main Group Compounds;  Aromatics, Carbonyls and Alkenes;  Spectroscopy;  Structure, Bonding and Quantum Mechanics  

Year 3 Modules:

Forensic Analysis;  Forensic Psychology;  Toxicology;  Pharmaceutical Chemistry;  Inorganic Chemistry;  Physical Chemistry;  Analytical Chemistry;  Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds
Students who have passed Year 3 may opt to be conferred with a BSc Ordinary Degree rather than proceed to Year 4. 

Year 4 Modules:

Forensic Genetics and Molecular Biology;  Forensic and Legal Medicine;  Research Project;  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry;  Lasers, Photochemistry & Spectroscopy;   Interfaces, Microscopy & Modelling;  Advanced Organic Synthesis, Biosynthesis and Reactivity;  Advanced Methods of Forensic Science;  Advanced Analytical Chemistry

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

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture/lab/practical hours: A typical module may consist of 20 lecture hours, 10 hours of tutorials and up to 30 practical hours. Typically there are up to 20 hours of lectures and up to 10 practical hours per week. Lectures and workshops usually take place in the morning, while practical work is scheduled for afternoons. In the final year, practicals are replaced by a research project.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including practical reports, minor exams, electronic homeworks, etc.

Who Teaches This Course

The course is taught by world-class academics from UCC, Tyndall Research Institute and by visiting experts.

Further Contact Information

Dr Mila Pravda

T: +353 (0)21 490 2304


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