Analytical Chemistry (Environmental, Forensic & Pharmaceutical) / Ceimic Anailíseach (Comhshaoil, Fóiréinseach ┐ Cógaisíochta)

Sept 2020 – Grangegorman Campus

2019 CAO Points - 341

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish



Other Grade Requirements

At least a H4 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry, Biology or Technology.

Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

Analytical Chemistry is a branch of science that includes the identification of chemical compounds present in a sample provided. It also involves quantitative analysis – which determines the precise amounts of each compound present in the sample.

An analytical chemist is trained to use modern analytical techniques and instruments to develop strategies to detect, identify and quantify substances such as the pollutants in air and water, illegal substances in suspicious powders and the active pharmaceutical ingredients in medicinal products.

This programme, which includes rigorous scientific training and a six-month work placement, will make you work-ready.

To be an analytical chemist, you need an interest in science and a curious mind, and to enjoy solving problems. An eye for detail is also important.

The programme has a substantial practical component, which supports the development of key laboratory skills and training in modern analytical instrumentation.

Laboratory practicals, case studies and workshops allow you to develop analytical thinking, teamwork, IT and science communication skills.

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to forensic and environmental chemistry. All science subjects are taught on the basis that you may not have studied them at Leaving Certificate.

Year 2 includes the core chemistry topics and specialised modules in analytical, forensic and environmental chemistry.

In the final two years, the emphasis is on analytical chemistry and environmental, forensic and pharmaceutical applications. The six-month work placement in Year 3 will benefit you greatly.

Study Abroad Opportunities
Although most students undertake a work placement in Ireland, it is possible during the Year 3 placement to study in an industrial or academic environment abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. This

The programme is recognised and accredited nationally and internationally, so graduates are eligible for taught and research master’s courses (MSc) and doctoral (PhD) research programmes in TU Dublin, as well as for the Professional Master of Education for those who want to teach chemistry and science in secondary schools.

  • Environmental Monitor
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Pharmaceutical Analyst

First year provides a foundation in science as well as an introductory module on environmental and forensic chemistry, which features hands-on activities in these areas.

In second year, the programme becomes more specialised and focuses on building a knowledge and understanding of the core chemistry topics as well as exploring analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry.

In the final two years, the emphasis is on analytical chemistry and its forensic, environmental and pharmaceutical applications. These feature case studies based on real-life scenarios which develop team-working and critical analysis skills.

A key aspect of year three is a 6 month work placement.

In year four, you will undertake a research project. You will team up with a research supervisor and use your chemical knowledge and initiative to explore a research topic and answer a research question.

I really enjoyed this course. Lots of laboratory work meant that I got to learn about equipment and methods that I now use in my job.
My interest lies in the application of analytical techniques to the investigation of evidence from crime scenes.
My time at TU Dublin has allowed me to travel to seminars and universities abroad for work and further study in forensic sciences.
TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Hons)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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Non-EU Fees

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Programme Chair - Claire McDonnell

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School Administrator - Goretti Murphy