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Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry / Eolaíochtaí Ceimiceacha le Ceimic Mhíochaineach

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry

2022 CAO Points: 454

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Other Grade Requirements

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

QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5:
One of the following awards:
  • CASLT / 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
  • CASFX / 5M5267 Food Science
Level 6:
Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline
Level 5:
Distinctions in 5 modules required which must include one of the following:
  • C20011 / 5N2747 Chemistry
  • C20022 / 5N2748 Food Chemistry
AND one of the following:
  • C20006 / 5N2746 Biology
  • C20033 / 5N2751 Laboratory Skills
  • C20048 / 5N1460 Physics
AND one of the following:
  • PASS in C20139 / 5N1833 Mathematics
  • Leaving Certificate Mathematics 03/H7

Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants:

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

This chemistry degree focuses on how chemistry can be used for medicinal applications, including drug design, synthesis, and delivery.

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 skillsets you'll acquire will provide you with an excellent basis for working in a variety of areas including production, quality and assurance, technical services, research and development, technical sales or towards 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.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Year 3 includes a 6-7 month international placement as part of the Erasmus scheme.

Professional Accreditation

The course is recognised by the Institute of Chemistry in Ireland for Graduate Membership and accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Contact hours

23 hours a week approximately (please note the programme entails 40 hours a week work in total). 4 - 5 days on site; no days online.

Equipment Requirements

Laboratory glasses, laboratory coat and spatula (details provided at induction)

  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Chemistry Technician
  • Development Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Analyst
  • Pharmaceutical Developer
Graduate Employers
  • Amgen
  • Henkel
  • MSD
  • Pfizer
  • SK Biotek

Semester 1 & 2

  • Career Development and Information Technology
  • Cell and Microbiology
  • General and Organic Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Physics
  • The Human Body & Disease

Semester 1

  • Bonding and Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemical Polymer and Pharmaceutical Processes
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Spectroscopy and Thermodynamics
  • Statistics and Classical Analysis

Semester 2

  • Kinetics and Electrochemistry
  • Materials, Bio-structures and Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry
  • Principles of Drug Action
  • Spectroscopy and Chromatography
  • Work Place Regulations and Professional Development

Semester 1

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Carbonyl and Stereochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry in Action
  • Kinetics
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Formulation
  • Physical and Organic Spectroscopy
  • Thermochemistry and Electrochemistry
  • Work Place Regulations and Professional Development

Semester 2

  • Year three includes a 6-7 month international placement as part of the Erasmus scheme.

Semester 1

  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Topics
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical and Pharmaceutical Processes
  • Pharmaceutical and Solid State Analysis
  • Surface Chemistry and Photochemistry

Semester 2

Advanced Organic Synthesis

  • Kinetics and Spectroscopy
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Final Year Project

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.

Please note, there is no advanced entry to this course.

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.

On graduation you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or in other higher education institutions. The course meets the requirements as an approved undergraduate degree for the Professional Master of Education (Post Primary) for those who want to teach chemistry and science in secondary schools.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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Gráinne Hargaden, Programme Chair

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