Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry / Eolaíochtaí Ceimiceacha le Ceimic Mhíochaineach

Sept 2020 – Grangegorman Campus

2019 CAO Points - 420

Leaving Cert
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Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Other Grade Requirements 

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

Applications from QQI Level 5 welcome. Further details at

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

It will give you skills and expertise in synthetic chemistry that can be applied in the pharmaceutical and other industries. You can anticipate working in the pharmaceutical industry, facilitating the development of new and better medicines, as well as the chemical (paints, dyes, adhesives, inks) and allied industries (food, beverages, medical devices, cosmetics, semiconductors).

The skillset will provide you with an excellent basis for working in a variety of areas including production support, quality and assurance, technical services, research and development, and technical sales. Or you can pursue a career in the teaching profession.

The course is designed around a core chemistry syllabus in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and incorporates analytical chemistry. The medicinal chemistry component is introduced in first year and built on in subsequent years. All science subjects in Year 1 are taught on the basis that you may not have studied them at Leaving Certificate. In Year 2, chemical and pharmaceutical processes and technology are explored; in Year 3, you will expand your knowledge of chemistry and its applications to medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical processes.

A key feature in Year 3 is a 6-7-month placement abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. This is an opportunity to study or gain work experience in a European country while completing your degree. We’ll provide supports to help you locate a host European college or company.

Your research project in Year 4 allows you to be guided by our staff while exploring areas aligned with their expertise, such as the synthesis of potential antimalarial or anticancer agents, or drug release coatings for respiratory devices.

On graduation, you’ll be a work-ready problem-solver with excellent laboratory skills.

The programme is recognised by the Institute of Chemistry in Ireland for Graduate Membership and accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. In addition, it’s recognised by The Teaching Council for teaching Chemistry to Leaving Certificate level.

  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Pharmaceutical Developer
  • Chemistry Technician
  • Development Researcher

Introductory modules in science, along with degree specific modules in medicinal chemistry and the human body and disease.

A range of modules in chemistry, as well as specialized modules in stereochemistry, biomolecules & organic Synthesis.

Students expand their knowledge of chemistry and its applications to medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical processes.

Year three includes a 6-7 month international placement as part of th ERASMUS scheme.

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

I enjoyed my undergraduate studies. I particularly enjoyed the practical element of the course. I believe this practical element is one of the major strengths of the award, bringing a proper sense of the applications of chemistry outside the classroom.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Hons)


4 years

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City Centre: Grangegorman


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Dr Gavin Sewell