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Science (DN200/SCU1)

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

ABB / BBBD / BBB + D AS Level

Subject Requirements (Mathematics)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)

IB SL 6 / HL 4

Subject Requirements (Laboratory Science)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)

IB SL 6 / HL 4 

General Entry Requirements (IB)

29

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

Curricular information is subject to change.

The UCD Science common entry course offers a range of degree subjects leading to a BSc degree in one of 22 degree subjects. Subjects are grouped thematically in streams.

Students who are interested in exploring a number of streams in First Year can select the Explore Multiple Streams option, which is Science SCU1. If an applicant selects Explore Multiple Streams, they are offered the same First Year module guarantees as students who choose one of the thematic streams.

The streams available are as follows:

Choosing your Degree Major

In general, students have to decide on one stream to pursue in second year and will study two or more degree subjects from that stream. Limited degree subjects between different streams can be studied in second year. They must be compatible from a content and timetable perspective, such as Mathematics and Physics and a list is not available as it can change each 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.

About this Course

If you have a fascination with natural phenomena and find yourself constantly asking “why?” and “how?”, then you are well on your way to being a scientist. With an exciting and diverse range of subjects, Science at UCD unfolds a universe of career opportunities for students who have an enquiring mind, an ability to solve problems and a desire to explore new worlds.

UCD offers the broadest and most diverse Science programme in Ireland, with degree courses in biological, biomedical, chemical, geological, mathematical, physical and computer sciences, all delivered by lecturers at the forefront of teaching and research. By Fourth Year, you will conduct your own research and communicate your discoveries under the guidance of some of Ireland’s top scientists.

Download the Entry 2024 UCD Science brochure for more information on each degree. (pdf)

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 1 Core Modules
     
SCI10010 Principles of Scientific Enquiry Autumn

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options
     
ACM10080 Introduction to Applied and Computational Mathematics Autumn

5

BIOL00010 Fundamentals of Biology Autumn

5

BIOL10130 Biology in Action Autumn

5

BIOL10140 Life on Earth Autumn

5

CHEM00010 Introductory Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM10040 The Molecular World Autumn

5

CHEM20100 Basis of Inorganic Chemistry Autumn

5

COMP10010 Introduction to Programming I Autumn

5

COMP10290 Computation for Scientists Autumn

5

MATH00010 Introduction to Mathematics Autumn

5

MATH10040 Numbers & Functions Autumn

5

MATH10310 Calculus for Science Autumn

5

MATH10350 Calculus in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Autumn

5

PHIL10160 Critical Thinking Autumn

5

PHYC10050 Astronomy & Space Science Autumn

5

PHYC10070 Foundations of Physics Autumn

5

PHYC10210 Quanta, Particles & Relativity Autumn

5

PHYC10250 Thermal Physics and Materials Autumn

5

STAT10010 Research Methods Autumn

5

GEOL10050 Earth and Humanity Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

GEOL10060 Introduction to Earth Sciences Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

STAT10050 Practical Statistics Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ACM10060 Applications of Differential Equations Spring

5

ACM10090 Climate Change:Causes & Consequences Spring

5

BIOL10110 Cell Biology & Genetics Spring

5

BMOL10030 Biomedical Sciences: Understanding Human Disease. Spring

5

CHEM10050 Basis of Organic and Biological Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM10100 Aspects of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology Spring

5

CHEM20140 Introductory Transition Metal Chemistry Spring

5

COMP10020 Introduction to Programming II Spring

5

COMP10060 Computer Science for Engineers I Spring

5

ECON10720 Microeconomics for Business Spring

5

GEOL10020 Earth Science and Materials Spring

5

GEOL10030 Field Geology, Level 1 Spring

5

GEOL10040 Earth, Environment and Society Spring

5

MATH10290 Linear Algebra for Science Spring

5

MATH10320 Mathematical Analysis Spring

5

MATH10340 Linear Algebra in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Spring

5

MATH10410 Mathematics & Science Education & Communication Spring

5

PHYC10080 Frontiers of Physics Spring

5

PHYC20080 Fields, Waves and Light Spring

5

STAT10060 Statistical Modelling Spring

5

MATH10400 Calculus (Online) Summer

5

Stage 1 Options
     
Stage 2 Options
     
ACM20030 Computational Science Autumn

5

ACM20050 Classical Mechanics Autumn

5

AESC20060 Soil Science Basics Autumn

5

BIOL10130 Biology in Action Autumn

5

BIOL10140 Life on Earth Autumn

5

BIOL20050 Climate Change and Agriculture Autumn

5

BMOL20060 Biomolecular Lab Skills 1 Autumn

5

BMOL20090 Molecular Genetics and Biotech Autumn

5

BMOL20110 Biomolecular Sciences Autumn

5

CELB20060 Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology Autumn

5

CHEM10040 The Molecular World Autumn

5

CHEM20040 Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM20080 The Basis of Physical Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM20090 Chemistry for Biology Autumn

5

CHEM20100 Basis of Inorganic Chemistry Autumn

5

COMP10010 Introduction to Programming I Autumn

5

COMP10040 Introduction to Computer Architecture Autumn

5

COMP20020 Digital Systems Autumn

5

COMP20070 Databases and Information Systems I Autumn

5

EDUC20030 Key Ideas in Education Autumn

5

FIN20040 Foundations of Finance Autumn

5

FOR20040 Tree Structure and Function Autumn

5

GEOL20180 Geoscience perspectives on the UN Sustainable Development Goals Autumn

5

GEOL20200 Dynamic Earth Autumn

5

GEOL20250 Crystals to Sedimentary Rocks Autumn

5

MATH10040 Numbers & Functions Autumn

5

MATH10310 Calculus for Science Autumn

5

MATH10350 Calculus in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Autumn

5

MATH20060 Calculus of Several Variables Autumn

5

MATH20150 Graphs and Networks Autumn

5

MATH20300 Linear Algebra 2 for the Mathematical Sciences Autumn

5

MST20010 Algebraic Structures Autumn

5

MST20070 Multivariable Calculus with Applications Autumn

5

PHYC10050 Astronomy & Space Science Autumn

5

PHYC10070 Foundations of Physics Autumn

5

PHYC10210 Quanta, Particles & Relativity Autumn

5

PHYC10250 Thermal Physics and Materials Autumn

5

PHYC20020 Introductory Quantum Mechanics Autumn

5

PHYC20100 Thermo & Stat Physics Autumn

5

PHYS20040 An introduction to Physiology: Human cells and tissues Autumn

5

STAT10010 Research Methods Autumn

5

STAT20110 Introduction to Probability Autumn

5

STAT20230 Modern Regression Analysis Autumn

5

ZOOL20020 Animal Behaviour Autumn

5

GEOL10050 Earth and Humanity Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

GEOL10060 Introduction to Earth Sciences Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

GEOL20110 Global Environmental Change Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

GEOL20240 Medical Geology Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

SCI20020 Introduction to Project Management and Leadership Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

STAT10050 Practical Statistics Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ACM10060 Applications of Differential Equations Spring

5

ACM10100 Differential & Difference Equations: Applications to Econ & Fin Spring

5

ACM20060 Oscillations and Waves Spring

5

ACM20150 Vector Integral & Differential Calculus Spring

5

BIOC20060 Biochemistry in Action Spring

5

BIOL10110 Cell Biology & Genetics Spring

5

BIOL20060 Scientific Communication Spring

5

BMOL10030 Biomedical Sciences: Understanding Human Disease. Spring

5

BMOL20070 Biomolecular Lab Skills 2 Spring

5

BOTN20050 Principles of Plant Biology and Biotechnology Spring

5

CHEM10050 Basis of Organic and Biological Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM20030 Biological Molecules - Interactions and Functioning Spring

5

CHEM20050 Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (level 2) Spring

5

CHEM20110 Env & Sustainable Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM20120 Physical Chemistry (level 2) Spring

5

CHEM20140 Introductory Transition Metal Chemistry Spring

5

COMP10020 Introduction to Programming II Spring

5

COMP10060 Computer Science for Engineers I Spring

5

COMP20050 Software Engineering Project 2 Spring

5

COMP20090 Introduction to Cognitive Science Spring

5

COMP20180 Intro to Operating Systems Spring

5

COMP20200 UNIX Programming Spring

5

CPSC20040 Physiological Plant Ecology Spring

5

ECON10720 Microeconomics for Business Spring

5

EDUC20020 Science and Maths Pedagogy Spring

5

ENVB20050 Principles of Environmental Biology & Ecology Spring

5

FOR20050 Principles of Forestry Spring

5

FOR20110 Forests, Climate and Carbon Spring

5

GENE20020 Principles of Genetics Spring

5

GEOL10020 Earth Science and Materials Spring

5

GEOL10040 Earth, Environment and Society Spring

5

GEOL20230 History of life on Earth Spring

5

HORT20020 Fundamentals of Horticulture Spring

5

MATH10320 Mathematical Analysis Spring

5

MATH20210 Fundamentals of Actuarial and Financial Mathematics II Spring

5

MATH20260 The Mathematics of Google Spring

5

MATH20270 Theory of Games Spring

5

MATH20310 Groups, Rings and Fields Spring

5

MICR20050 Microbiology in Medicine, Biotechnology and the Environment Spring

5

MST20040 Analysis Spring

5

NEUR20050 Principles of Neuroscience Spring

5

PHAR20040 Pharmacology:Biomedical Scienc Spring

5

PHYC10080 Frontiers of Physics Spring

5

PHYC20040 Exploring the Solar System Spring

5

PHYC20060 Methods for Physicists Spring

5

PHYC20080 Fields, Waves and Light Spring

5

PHYC20090 Electronics and Devices Spring

5

PHYS20030 An Introduction to Physiology: Organs and Systems Spring

5

STAT10060 Statistical Modelling Spring

5

STAT20060 Statistics & Probability Spring

5

STAT20100 Inferential Statistics Spring

5

STAT20180 Introduction to Bayesian Analysis Spring

5

ZOOL20030 Principles of Zoology Spring

5

Stage 2 Options
     
Stage 3 Options
     
PHYC30170 Physics with Astronomy and Space Science Laboratory I 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

PHYC30300 Advanced Laboratory I 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

PHYC30310 Advanced Laboratory for Joint Honours I 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

10

PHYC30320 Advanced Laboratory for Theoretical Physics I 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

10

ACM20030 Computational Science Autumn

5

ACM30130 Advanced Computational Science Autumn

5

ACM30190 Dynamical Systems Autumn

5

ACM30220 Partial Differential Equations Autumn

5

AESC30080 Agri-Environmental Issues and Policy Autumn

5

AESC30110 Diversity in the Rural Landscape Autumn

5

AESC30220 Soil Science Applications Autumn

5

BIOC30010 Metabolism and Disease Autumn

5

BIOC30090 Proteins and Enzymes Autumn

5

BIOL30010 Plant Diseases: Biology and Control Autumn

5

BIOL30020 Landscape Ecology Autumn

5

BIOL30040 Scientific Writing for Biology Autumn

5

BMOL30030 Regulation of Gene Expression Autumn

5

BMOL30040 Receptor-mediated cell signalling Autumn

5

BSEN40410 Food Chain Integrity Autumn

5

CELB20060 Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology Autumn

5

CELB30110 Plant Cell Biology Autumn

5

CELB30130 Cell Biology of Disease Autumn

5

CHEM30060 Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Spectroscopy Autumn

5

CHEM30090 Chemistry of Materials 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

CHEM30280 Medicinal Chemistry (level 3) Autumn

5

COMP30020 Computer Graphics I Autumn

5

COMP30030 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Autumn

5

COMP30040 Networks and Internet Systems Autumn

5

COMP30760 Data Science in Python - DS Autumn

5

ENVB30010 Systems Ecology Autumn

5

ENVB30020 Wildlife Conservation and Fisheries Management Autumn

5

ENVB30110 Food Microbiology Autumn

5

ENVB30140 Analysis of Environmental Materials Autumn

5

FIN30170 Corporate Financial Management Autumn

5

FOR20100 Applied Biostatistics Autumn

5

GENE30010 Genetics and Recombinant DNA Autumn

5

GENE30060 Undergraduate Research 1 Autumn

5

GEOL30010 Applied Palaeontology Autumn

5

GEOL30040 Sedimentary Environments Autumn

5

GEOL30240 Igneous Petrology Autumn

5

GEOL30250 Geological Mapping Autumn

5

GEOL30350 Geological Structures Autumn

5

MATH20130 Fundamentals of Actuarial and Financial Mathematics I Autumn

5

MATH20300 Linear Algebra 2 for the Mathematical Sciences Autumn

5

MATH30030 Advanced Linear Algebra Autumn

5

MATH30340 Peer-Assisted Tutoring Autumn

5

MATH30360 Measure Theory and Integration Autumn

5

MATH40550 Applied Matrix Theory Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

MICR30030 Microbial Physiology Autumn

5

MICR30040 Microbial Diversity and Growth Autumn

5

MICR30070 Skills in Microbiology Autumn

5

MST20010 Algebraic Structures Autumn

5

MST30020 History of Mathematics Autumn

5

NEUR30080 Neuromuscular and Membrane Biology Autumn

5

PHAR30010 Chemotherapeutic Agents Autumn

5

PHAR30080 Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative and Psychiatric Illness Autumn

5

PHPS40610 Risk Analysis in Food Safety Autumn

5

PHYC20100 Thermo & Stat Physics Autumn

5

PHYC30020 Classical Mechanics and Relativity Autumn

5

PHYC30030 Quantum Mechanics Autumn

5

PHYC30050 Condensed Matter Physics Autumn

5

PHYC30100 Stellar Astrophysics & Astronomical Techniques Autumn

5

PHYS30010 Cardiovascular Physiology Autumn

5

PHYS30090 Digestion and Excretion Autumn

5

STAT20070 Data Modelling for Science Autumn

5

STAT30010 Time Series Autumn

5

STAT30080 Models - Survival Models Autumn

5

STAT30090 Models - Stochastic Models Autumn

5

STAT40020 Actuarial Statistics I Autumn

5

STAT40110 Design of Experiments Autumn

5

STAT40800 Data Prog with Python (online) Autumn

5

ZOOL20020 Animal Behaviour Autumn

5

ZOOL30030 Evolutionary Biology Autumn

5

ZOOL30050 Diversity of Invertebrates Autumn

5

PHYC30370 Study Abroad Physics Labs (5) Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ACM20060 Oscillations and Waves Spring

5

ACM30020 Advanced Mathematical Methods Spring

5

ACM30090 Mathematical Biology Spring

5

ACM30110 Advanced Computational Finance Spring

10

ACM30200 Mathematical Fluid Dynamics I Spring

5

ACM30210 Foundations of Quantum Theory Spring

5

AESC30010 Scientific Writing and Review Spring

5

ANAT20010 Clinical Human Anatomy III Spring

5

BIOC30030 Biochemist's Toolkit Spring

5

BIOL30030 Working with Biological Data Spring

5

BMOL30050 Genomics and Proteomics Spring

5

BOTN30050 Diversity of Plant Form & Function Spring

5

BOTN30130 Plant Biotechnology & Entrepreneurship Spring

5

BOTN30140 Experimental Plant Physiology Spring

5

CELB30090 Advanced Cell Biology Spring

5

CELB30100 Developmental Biology Spring

5

CELB30120 Hot Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology Spring

5

CHEM20030 Biological Molecules - Interactions and Functioning Spring

5

CHEM20110 Env & Sustainable Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30190 Chemistry of Biomolecules Spring

5

CHEM30230 Symmetry and Computational Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30250 Organometallic and Solid State Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30260 Chemical Biology of Natural Products Spring

5

CHEM30270 Chemical Biology of Macromolecules Spring

5

CHEM30310 Soft Matter & Interfacial Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30320 Chemical Thermodynamics & Physical Transformations Spring

5

CHEM30360 Advanced Transition Metal Chem Spring

5

COMP20050 Software Engineering Project 2 Spring

5

COMP20280 Data Structures Spring

5

COMP30930 Optimisation Spring

5

COMP40725 Introduction to Relational Databases and SQL Programming Spring

10

EDUC30050 Schools and Society Spring

5

ENVB20050 Principles of Environmental Biology & Ecology Spring

5

ENVB30100 Ecological and Environmental Microbiology Spring

5

GENE20020 Principles of Genetics Spring

5

GENE30020 Genome Structure and Evolution Spring

5

GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease Spring

5

GEOL30110 Metamorphic Petrology Spring

5

GEOL30320 Geological Fieldwork (Stage 3) Spring

5

GEOL30340 Low Temperature Geochemistry Spring

5

GEOL30380 Geomaterials and Geoenergy Spring

5

GEOL30400 Digital Geology and GIS Spring

5

MATH20070 Optimization in Finance Spring

5

MATH20210 Fundamentals of Actuarial and Financial Mathematics II Spring

5

MATH20270 Theory of Games Spring

5

MATH20310 Groups, Rings and Fields Spring

5

MATH30040 Complex Analysis Spring

5

MATH30120 Topology Spring

5

MATH30180 An Intro to Coding Theory Spring

5

MATH30370 Markov Chains Spring

5

MATH30380 Financial Mathematics Foundations Spring

5

MATH30390 Mathematics Pedagogy & Curriculum in Placement Spring

5

MATH30400 Further Groups and Rings Spring

5

MATH40480 Probability Theory Spring

5

MEMI30010 Medical Microbiology Spring

5

MICR30020 Microbial Cell Factory Spring

5

MICR30060 Pharmaceutical and Food Microbiology Spring

5

MICR30090 Microbial Cell Factory for Chemists Spring

5

MST20040 Analysis Spring

5

MST30030 Financial Mathematics Spring

5

MST30070 Differential Geometry Spring

5

NEUR30010 Principles of Nervous System Development Spring

5

NEUR30060 Sensory Neuroscience Spring

5

NEUR30070 Higher Cortical Function Spring

5

PHAR30020 Endocrine, Renal and Reproductive Pharmacology Spring

5

PHAR30030 Toxicology Spring

5

PHAR30040 Development and advanced pharmacology of the nervous system Spring

5

PHAR30050 Experimental and therapeutic strategies in molecular pharmacology Spring

5

PHYC30070 Electromagnetism Spring

5

PHYC30080 Optics & Lasers Spring

5

PHYC30090 Nuclear Physics Spring

5

PHYS30020 Respiratory Physiology Spring

5

PHYS30040 Endocrine Physiology Spring

5

PHYS30190 Experimental Physiology Spring

5

PHYS30270 The Brain and Motor Control Spring

5

RDGY30520 Medical Imaging (Clin/Res) Spring

5

STAT20100 Inferential Statistics Spring

5

STAT30270 Statistical Machine Learning Spring

5

STAT40070 Actuarial Statistics II Spring

5

STAT40080 Nonparametric Statistics Spring

5

STAT40150 Multivariate Analysis Spring

5

ZOOL30010 Functional Morphology Spring

5

ZOOL30020 Arthropoda Spring

5

ZOOL30040 Diversity of Vertebrates Spring

5

ZOOL30060 Biogeography and Field Biology Spring

5

Non-EU Undergraduate Fee information can be found here.

UCD offers a number of competitive undergraduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD undergraduate degree programme. For information on Undergraduate Scholarships, please see the UCD International Scholarships webpage.

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: Explore Multiple Streams (SCU1)
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):

  • 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.

SDG3
SDG4
SDG 7
SDG 9
SDG 11
SDG 12
SDG 14
SDG 15
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Science (DN200/SCU1)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)