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Science, Computer Science & Actuarial Science


UCD offers a broad and diverse Science programme in the following courses:

  • Computer Science 
    Computer Science is a common entry course that leads to a BSc degree in one of the following:
  • Actuarial & Financial Studies 
    The Actuarial & Financial Studies course is a direct entry course leading to a Bachelor in Actuarial & Financial Studies. 
  • Sustainability 
    Sustainability is a common entry courses that leads to a BSc degree in one of the following:
    • Sustainability with Environmental Sciences
    • Sustainability with Social Sciences, Policy & Law
    • Sustainability with Business & Economics


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About Science, Computer Science & Actuarial Science

UCD offers a diverse Science programme, with degree courses in biological, biomedical, chemical, geological, mathematical, physical and computer sciences, all delivered by lecturers at the forefront of teaching and research.

Why study Science at UCD?
The Science SCU1 common entry course is ideal for students interested in a number of Science subject areas.  In First Year, you will have the flexibility to explore a range of Science subjects areas but if you know which subject area you would like to specialise in, you can focus your studies from First Year. For example, if you are interested in Mathematics only, you can focus on the Applied & Computational Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics degrees. The number of compulsory modules has been kept low to allow to you try out other subjects that you may not be familiar with or to deepen your interest in the areas that you wish to pursue to degree level. All students make an informed decision about their degree subject at the end of second year.

Why study Computer Science at UCD?
The Computer Science CSSA course is designed for students who wish to specialise in computer science or data science, and want to pursue careers in software engineering, data analytics, the tech industry more generally, or research and development. There is no assumption that students have prior programming experience and all students will take introductory programming modules in First Year. At the end of Second Year, students have the option to major in either Computer Science or Computer Science with Data Science.

Why study Actuarial & Financial Studies at UCD?
The Actuarial & Financial Studies BSS3 course is designed for students interested in becoming actuaries. Students complete a professional work placement in third year that is integrated as part of the course in a financial institution or insurance company and equates to half the year’s work.

Why study Sustainability at UCD?
The Sustainability STS1 course is a unique programme that combines the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability, enabling specialisation in one of those dimensions complemented by knowledge and skills from the others. Core modules provide a global perspective on sustainability and include interdisciplinary research, a professional placement, field work in Ireland and Europe and guest lectures from leading researchers, advocates and practitioners. Sustainability is a way of thinking about the future, in which environmental, social and economic dimensions are intertwined in the pursuit of maintaining an ecological balance, enhancing wellbeing and striving for an improved quality of life. It involves the integration of knowledge, insights, skills and practices from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and business for the protection of the Earth, its environment and its inhabitants. The concept of sustainability is enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been widely taken up as a road map for future development around the world.

Significant advances in scientific understanding are most often achieved by interdisciplinary research, which is conducted within each school, across schools and colleges in UCD, and with researchers and institutions across the world. There are several centres of interdisciplinary collaboration within UCD to which many of our Principal Investigators are aligned:

“I’m from Boston, Massachusetts, USA and fell in love with UCD following a family visit to Ireland. The community feel of the University alongside the modern academic facilities really appealed to me. The campus, staff and student life in UCD has been so welcoming over the past few years that Dublin has started to feel like home. I am currently working in the Pharmaceutical industry as a Pharmacovigilance Specialist at IQVIA.”
Courtney Greene, Graduate