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Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry Stage 2 (CVC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)
Academic Year 2024/2025
Internships Available
Study Abroad
Sustainable Development Goals
Duration:
4 Year(s)
Next Intake:
2024/2025 September
General Entry Requirements (A-Level)

ABB / BBBD /
BBB + D AS Level

General Entry Requirements (IB)

29

Subject Requirements (Laboratory Science)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Subject Requirements (Mathematics)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
Visit the UCD Global Undergraduate Entry Requirements webpage.

Curricular information is subject to change.

Two major problems are facing industrialised society. How do we maintain our standards of living without, firstly, using non-renewable resources as sources of energy and as raw materials for manufacturing industries and, secondly, compromising our local and global environment? Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry will be central to solving these problems. This discipline, which draws from all branches of chemistry, will enable us to produce the materials and energy we use through ways that minimise the impact on the environment. Furthermore, it will be crucial in developing a variety of resources (solar power, biofuel synthesis, fuel cells, etc.) for use in renewable energy generation. The degree subject is suitable for students who have an interest in the use of chemistry in tackling these urgent problems.

Information on all our courses including pathways, internships and careers information is available in the UCD Science Undergraduate Courses Entry 2024 Brochure (PDF).

About this Course

Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry is one of the degree subjects available through the Chemistry stream in the common entry Science course. Students study similar modules for all degree subjects in the Chemistry stream in first year and will study modules for a minimum of two degree subjects in second year. At the end of second year, students choose their degree major. Assuming students meet all the academic requirements in first and second year, students are guaranteed a degree subject from the stream they are studying in second year. We do our best to ensure that students go on to study their top degree subject choice. As we offer plenty of degree subjects in each stream, students have a number of similar degree subjects to choose from as their degree major. For more information on choosing a degree major at the end of Second Year, visit the Chemistry Sciences stream page.

This is a sample set of modules that a Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry student could study each year in UCD.

First Year
Scientific Enquiry • Basis of Organic & Biological Chemistry • Basis of Inorganic Chemistry • The Molecular World • Linear Algebra for Science • Calculus for Science • Optional Science Modules • Elective Module

Second Year
Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry • Organic Chemistry • Physical Chemistry • Basis of Inorganic Chemistry • + modules for 1 other Science Subject • Elective Modules 

Third Year
Quantum Mechanics • Instrumental Analysis • Carbonyl Chemistry & Synthesis • Structure Determination & Aromatic Heterocyclic Chemistry • Mechanism & Stereochemistry • Symmetry & Computational Chemistry • Organometallic & Solid State Chemistry • Soft Matter & Interfacial Chemistry • Chemical Thermodynamics & Physical Transformations • Advanced Transition Metal Chemistry • Optional Modules in Earth Sciences & Ecology • Elective Modules 

Fourth Year
Research Project • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry • Electrochemistry • Green and Sustainable Chemistry • Methods in Organic Synthesis • Modern Methods & Catalysis •Sustainable Development Chemistry • Reactivity and Change • Nanomaterials Chemistry 

Timetables & Assessment
Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full-time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

Below is a list of all modules offered for this degree in the current academic year. Click on the module to discover what you will learn in the module, how you will learn and assessment feedback profile amongst other information.

Incoming Stage 1 undergraduates can usually select an Elective in the Spring Trimester. Most continuing undergraduate students can select up to two Elective modules (10 Credits) per stage. There is also the possibility to take up to 10 extra Elective credits.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
CHEM20040 Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM20080 The Basis of Physical Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM20100 Basis of Inorganic Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM20110 Env & Sustainable Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM20120 Physical Chemistry (level 2) Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options
     
BIOL20050 Climate Change and Agriculture Autumn

5

MATH10310 Calculus for Science Autumn

5

GEOL20110 Global Environmental Change Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

CHEM20030 Biological Molecules - Interactions and Functioning Spring

5

CHEM20050 Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (level 2) Spring

5

CHEM20140 Introductory Transition Metal Chemistry Spring

5

Stage 2 Options
     
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
CHEM30060 Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Spectroscopy Autumn

5

CHEM30110 Instrumental Analysis Autumn

5

CHEM30200 Carbonyl Chemistry, Retrosynthesis and Synthetic Methods Autumn

5

CHEM30210 Structure Determination and Aromatic Heterocyclic Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM30220 Mechanism, Stereochemistry and Alicyclic Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM30230 Symmetry and Computational Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30250 Organometallic and Solid State Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30310 Soft Matter & Interfacial Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30320 Chemical Thermodynamics & Physical Transformations Spring

5

CHEM30360 Advanced Transition Metal Chem Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options
     
BSEN30310 The Bioeconomy; A strategy for sustainable fuel, material and chemical production Autumn

5

CHEM30090 Chemistry of Materials Autumn

5

GEOL20110 Global Environmental Change Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

BSEN30030 Air Pollution Spring

5

ENVB20050 Principles of Environmental Biology & Ecology Spring

5

Stage 3 Options
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
CHEM41460 Env Sus Chem Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

CHEM40110 Advanced Applications of Inorganic Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM40740 Electrochemistry Autumn

5

CHEM40960 Green and Sustainable Chem Autumn

5

CHEM40060 Methods in Organic Synthesis Spring

5

CHEM40140 Modern Methods and Applications of Catalysis Spring

5

CHEM41450 Sustainable Development Chemistry Spring

5

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options
     
CHEM40050 Metals in Biology Autumn

5

CHEM40090 Methods in Organic Synthesis 2 Autumn

5

CHEM40870 Nanomaterials Chemistry Autumn

5

SCI30080 Professional Placement-Science Autumn

5

CHEM40080 Reactivity and Change Spring

5

CHEM40290 Special topics in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (level 4) Spring

5

CHEM41430 Advanced Topics in Phys Chem Spring

5

Students have spent time studying in Sweden, Canada and the USA at University of Lund, University of Virginia and McGill University.

 

Students have the opportunity to complete a Professional Placement module worth 5 credits. This module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a placement in industry (6-10 weeks) in the summer following Third Year.

Students in recent years have completed internships in the Environmental Protection Agency and AECOM.

Students can also apply to complete research bursaries in UCD Research labs.

Placements are secured on a competitive basis and are subject to change each year.



More information about the internship module and application process.


Apart from the disciplines that are available to graduates with a BSc in Chemistry, graduates in Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry will be particularly suited to employment in the environmental and emerging energy industries, including commercial environmental analysis, alternative energy industry, Environmental Protection Agency, ESB and Bord Gáis. Graduates can also pursue a range of MSc or PhD opportunities in Ireland or abroad.

The following advice is for Non-EU applicants. For Irish/EU/UK students, please apply via MyUCD.

The following entry route(s) are available:
 
Science: Chemistry (includes Medicinal/Sustainable/Biophysical) Stream (CHS2)
Undergraduate Degree (Non EU)
Entry in Sep 2024
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from Oct 2023 Apply

By studying an undergraduate degree in the Science programme, you will be joining a global community of scientists and will be taught by world-class researchers at the forefront of research in one of the most innovative and diverse programmes in Ireland, encompassing biology, sustainability, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics and computer science. Faculty who teach on the Science programme draw on their research to provide an inclusive and equitable education for scientists who will be leaders and innovators in a range of industries and research institutes working towards a sustainable and equitable future. 

The curriculum is informed by the following research:

  • Exploring and understanding the processes that drive and can mitigate and enable adaptation to global change from evolutionary, environmental and social perspectives at levels ranging from molecular and genetic to individual, ecosystem and landscape

  • Translating fundamental discoveries to a greater understanding of health and disease, with the ultimate aim of informing novel drug discovery

  • Performing fundamental and applied research with a focus on current societal challenges including the energy transition, environmental change, geohazards and access to natural resources

The College of Science offers a range of degree subjects within the Science and Sustainability common entry courses that embed sustainability principles and are working towards the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

SDG

  • Good Health and Well-being (SGD 3)

  • Quality Education (SDG 4)

  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SGD 7)

  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9)

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (SGD 11)

  • Responsible Consumption and Production (SGD 12)

  • Life Below Water (SDG 14)

  • Life on Land (SDG 15)

The programmes at UCD are designed to equip students with the best education in their chosen field, while at the same time embedding the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) in their education where most relevant.

I was always interested in environmental protection and science. The common entry Science course allowed me to develop a holistic understanding of the environment by taking classes in Biology and Geology in addition to my Chemistry modules. I enjoyed Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry the most as it is very solutions focussed. I completed a three-month internship with the Environmental Protection Agency in the summer after third year. I was part of the Industrial Licence Enforcement team in Dublin. I researched and wrote an 8000-word report on 22 special area of conservation peat bog sites and worked as part of a team to prepare for the new solid fuel regulations that came in place last year.

Niamh Gurrin, Student

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Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry Stage 2 (CVC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)