MSc Chemistry
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The UCD School of Chemistry has vibrant research in areas such as catalysis and new transformations, bionano interface, advanced spectroscopy, new materials for magnetic, medicinal, and electronic applications, and carbohydrate chemistry.

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Individualised programmes can be selected from a large suite of modules.
A high-level research project will add significant value and lead to a qualification suited for career advancement in the chemical industry.
Over 4000 m2 of high specification, modern laboratories within the recently refurbished UCD Science Centre

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision and Values Statement
This programme is aimed at students that have completed a bachelor's degree in chemistry and wish to broaden or deepen their knowledge and skills in the area. Students, in consultation with the faculty of the school of chemistry, choose a suite of modules from our graduate school offering which complement their particular interests in the discipline, or advance their desired career objectives. Immersed in a research-intensive environment, located in state-of-the-art facilities, students will work individually and in teams, and engage in cutting-edge projects that will hone their critical thinking, communications, autonomous learning, and technical skills. In addition to lectures, laboratory classes and tutorials, we use a range of student-centred, active-learning activities, including workshops, case studies, seminars, and team-based projects, culminating in research projects in which students are embedded in academic research teams to work on leading-edge problems in student chosen areas of chemistry. Both the core material and the transferable skills acquired in the programme are assessed, using a range of authentic techniques, including assessment of critical reviews, of presentations, and of a research thesis, as well as an oral thesis defence and written examinations.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research project (Taught MSc) CHEM40880

Entry requirements

- This programme is intended for applicants with an honours undergraduate Chemistry degree, or a degree with a significant component of chemistry (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent). An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required. However all applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis and relevant or extensive work experience will be taken into account, so that in certain exceptional cases an award at a lower level or a 2.2 classification may be considered.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 ineach element), or equivalent. Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc Chemistry (Negotiated Learning) FT (F042) 1 Year full time

Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Chemistry (Negotiated Learning) PT (F182)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


1 year full-time.
2 Years Part Time

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Careers & Employability
The MSc Chemistry (Negotiated Learning) provides a basis for graduates to enter the chemical, pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical and materials industries. Analytical services, environmental protection and primary and secondary school teaching present other possible opportunities.

Furthermore, through judicious choice of modules within one particular sub-discipline of chemistry, the programme is an attractive route for some students into a PhD programme.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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