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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Qualification : BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH201

CAO Points : 360

THE MAYNOOTH BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE (BSc)
  • This is our most popular science degree, offering flexibility and choice to first year students.
  • Choose 4 subjects from the 8 available (1 of the 4 must be Mathematics). Refine your subject choices during the following three years of your BSc degree.
  • No decision about subject choice is necessary until four weeks after commencement of 1st year. This gives you a chance to sample various subjects and make an informed decision.
  • Science at Maynooth challenges students to consider new perspectives and new ways of approaching problems and ideas.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of your choice of subjects while developing critical thinking, analysis and communication skills.
  • We offer progression options into specialised degrees at the end of first year, depending on the student's subjects and results. The possible transfer pathways are listed in COURSE STRUCTURE.
SECOND YEAR 
  • Continue with 3 of your first year subjects (Mathematics may be dropped after first year).
  • Optional 10 credit Electives or Critical Skills. 
  • Students may choose Critical Skills in second year. This is an optional 15 credit course, which focuses on developing skills such as effective communication, creative thinking and problem solving - skills that will benefit you in learning, employment and in life.
  • Optional transfer pathways to other degrees such as MH212 Science (with Education), Mathematics and Computer Science (with Education), Mathematics (with Education), MH602 Computer Science and Software Engineering and MH304 Electronic Engineering. The transfer criteria are set out in the BSc subject information pages.
 
THIRD YEAR
  • Continue with two subjects
FOURTH YEAR
  • Continue with one or two subjects
1st year
> Mathematics (required in 1st year)
Plus choose three subjects from:
> Biology
> Chemistry
> Computer Science
> Data Science7
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics
 
 
SECOND YEAR

Continue with 3 of the 4 subjects taken in 1st year or apply to transfer into a specialised degree
> Biology
> Chemistry
> Computer Science1
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics
> Mathematics
> Statistics4
> Electives or Critical Skills (10 credit optional)

1st Year 2nd Year Transfer Degree Requirements for Eligibility to Transfer
MH201 MH202 BSc Biotechnology Students must take Biology, Chemistry and Maths plus 1 other available 1st year subject •
Students must achieve an overall grade of 60%. Places are limited and are based on results.
  MH204 BSc Astrophysics
(Year 3 Transfer only)
Students attaining 60% in Experimental Physics and 60% in either Mathematics or Mathematical Physics
in 2nd year of MH201 may apply to transfer into 3rd year of MH204. Places are limited and are based on
results.
  MH207 BSc Data Science Students must take Computer Science/Mathematics/Data Science plus 1 other available 1st year subject •
Students must pass the year and achieve an overall grade of 55% or greater in Mathematics
in their 1st year science examination.
  MH208 BSc Biological and
Biomedical Sciences
Students must take Biology, Mathematics plus 2 other available subjects •
Transfer is based on Leaving Certificate performance and First Year University results.
  MH210 BSc Pharmaceutical and
Biomedical Chemistry
Students must take Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry plus 1 other available 1st year subject •
Students must achieve an overall grade of 60%. Places are limited and are based on results.
  MH212 SED Science
(with Education)
Students must take Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Experimental Physics.
Results plus possible interview required. Up to 10 places are available.
  MH212 MCS Computer Science
and Mathematics (with Education)
Students must take Mathematics and Computer Science plus 2 available 1st year subjects
Results plus possible interview required.
  MH212 MED Mathematics
(with Education)
Students must take Mathematics, Mathematical Physics plus 2 other available 1st year subjects.
Results plus possible interview required.
  MH304 BE Electronic Engineering Students must take Engineering Science, Mathematics, Computer Science plus 1 other available subject •
Subject to attaining 50% or more in the 1st year science examination.
MH306 - Robotics MH304 BE Electronic Engineering

Subject to passing the year and attaining 50% or more in the mathematics modules.

3rd year

Continue with 2 of the 3 subjects taken in 2nd year
> Applied Mathematics
> Biology
> Chemistry3
> Computer Science2
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics3
> Mathematics (Pure)
> Statistics4 5

4th year

Double Major: continue with your two subjects taken in third year
> Applied Mathematics
> Biology
> Chemistry3
> Computer Science2
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics3
> Mathematics (Pure)
> Statistics4 5

or

Single Major: continue with one of the two subjects taken in third year
> Applied Mathematics
> Biology
> Chemistry3
> Computer Science2
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics3
> Mathematics (Pure)

NOTES:

1 Students taking Computer Science in second year must also take Mathematics.
2 Students intending to take Computer Science as a Single Major degree must take Mathematics (Pure) or Mathematics (Applied) in third year.
3 Chemistry and Mathematical Physics cannot be taken together in third or fourth year.
4 Statistics may not be taken with Mathematical Physics in any year, or with Chemistry in third and fourth year. Students taking Statistics must also take Mathematics in second year.
5  Students taking Statistics in second year must also take Mathematics. Statistics can be, but does not have to be, combined with Mathematics in third and fourth year. Statistics may not be taken with Mathematical Physics in any year, or with Chemistry in third and fourth year.
6 Engineering Science cannot be taken with Biology. Students taking Engineering Science must also take Computer Science. Students may take Computer Science and not take Engineering Science.
7 Data Science cannot be combined with Mathematical Physics. Students taking Data Science in first year can follow on with Statistics in second
year, provided they get 55% in first year Mathematics. However, Data Science in first year is not a requirement for taking Statistics in second year

  • As a student of science or engineering at Maynooth, you will have access to leading researchers working in research institutes including the Callan Institute, Hamilton Institute, Institute of Immunology and National Centre for Geocomputation – all of which are associated with the Faculty.
  • You will develop strong problem-solving and analytical skills during your degree with your theoretical knowledge reinforced through practical sessions in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • You will develop advanced teamwork, leadership and numeracy skills – all of which are highly valued in many sectors of the labour market.
  • The industries/sectors employing science graduates include:

> Agriculture
> Aerospace
> Biomedical
> Biotechnology
> Chemical
> Diagnostics
> Energy
> Environmental consultancy
> Food processing
> Hospitals
> ICT
> Manufacturing (including cosmetics, computers, electronics, medical equipment)
> Medical technologies
> Ophthalmic
> Pharmaceutical
> Research & development
> Scientific publishers
> Teaching
> Telecommunications
> Water/environmental control

This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science Yes O6 H7

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature student applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on application, science test and/or interview. 
 
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
 
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2021. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2021.
 
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2021 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2021

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, O4/H7 Mathematics & O6/H7 in a Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
 
The Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 2nd year optional Critical Skills courses, Electives and degree pathways. 
 
HEAR and DARE
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students) - Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, O4/H7 Mathematics & O6/H7 in a Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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