Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH210

CAO Points : 477

Closing Date : 01 July 2024

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In this programme you will receive an excellent education in a range of different aspects of Chemistry, with a focus on Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry and Biology.

Why choose this degree?

  • If you are interested in the areas of chemistry that are important or the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, then this is the degree for you.
  • You will have the opportunity to go on site visits to see the workings of pharmaceutical companies. A six-month work placement/internship, subject to availability, will give you an insight into the working environment of a professional chemist and help you to improve your career prospects.
  • This innovative programme develops skills in problem-solving, communication, scientific writing and presentation – all highly valued in the workforce. These transferable skills will help provide employment opportunities in chemistry and non-chemistry based careers.

Duration: 4 years

Chemistry is taken with: Mathematics, Biology and one other Science subject in first year, with Biology and Mathematics or an Elective in second year and with Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry and Biology in third year.

In fourth year you will have the opportunity to undertake a six-month work placement/internship (subject to availability), as well as take courses in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry and Biology.

1st year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • 1 other subject (Computer Science, Experimental Physics or Mathematical Physics)

2nd year

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry Workshops
  • Mathematics
  • Optional 10 credit Elective or Critical Skills

3rd & 4th year

  • Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Work placement/internship (subject to availability)

There is a transfer pathway from 1st year MH201 Science to 2nd year MH210 Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry (subject to availability of places) for students who have taken Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and another subject. Students must attain at least 60%. Places are limited and are based on 1st year results.

Course Duration: 4 years

The pharma-chemical industry in Ireland employs more than 26,000 people and produces €63bn in annual exports. Chemists work in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, agrochemical firms, oil companies and manufacturers of detergents, paints and cosmetics.

  • Employment in the business sector and government organisations e.g. forensic science, journalism and the health services.
  • Postgraduate study options include: Research MSc and PhD in Chemistry.

Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.

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 Applicants 

Mature applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21. 

Click here to be taken to our mature applicant information page - tab 3 on that page outlines application steps for this degree.

Mature applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2024 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 2024

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate Applicants

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, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry). MH210 Round 1 Points 2023: 477


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.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes.

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Click here for details about optional Critical Skills courses, Electives and degree pathways. 



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)
  • 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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