Science with Nanotechnology / Eolaíocht le Nanaitheicneolaíocht

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science with Nanotechnology

2021 CAO Points 322

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Other Grade Requirements
At least H4 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Agricultural Science, Engineering, Technical Drawing, Technology or Design & Communication Graphics.

Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at 

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

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.

Nanoscience is the study of very small things on a nanometer scale (one-thousandth millionth of a metre). This is the scale of large molecules like plastics or proteins.

Nanotechnology includes the techniques used to create structures on a scale below 100nm, which can be used in new generations of electronics, sensors and computer chips. Many of today’s global challenges in the environment and health can be addressed by nanotechnology intervention.

Many industries use nanotechnology: semiconductors and electronics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, food, agriculture, and more.

This course is a solid science degree (physics and chemistry) but with a unique focus on nanoscience and nanotechnology. In the later years, you can specialise in either physics or chemistry, but all students do the nanotechnology modules.

Concentration on a single subject is not enough for any scientist, especially in as wide-ranging a subject area as nanotechnology. Thus, as well as chemistry and physics, this course covers relevant biology, problem-solving, computer studies, maths (in Years 1 and 2) and professional skills.

Much of the physics in Years 1 and 2 is delivered using problem-based learning which allows students to develop additional skills and qualities sought by industry (working in teams, interpersonal skills, adaptability). IT and computing form an integral part of the course.

In addition to the scientific modules, you’ll take a series of professional development modules on topics such as entrepreneurial skills, invention, innovation and commercialisation skills, and the role of science and technology in society.

TU Dublin finds employment for each student in a relevant industry for seven months (February-September) during Year 3. This will give you work experience and skills and enhance your employment prospects.

Industry across Europe is predicting a big shortage of graduates with knowledge of nanotechnology in the near future. Graduates can work in physics or chemistry-based industries such as medical physics, electronics, energy, telecommunications or the pharmaceutical industry.

Work Placement
Each student will be placed in a relevant industry for seven months (February-September) during Year 3. This will give you work experience and skills and enhance your employment prospects.

If you reach the appropriate honours standard, you may have access to a wide range of masters and PhD courses in TU Dublin.

Graduate Job Titles:

  • Lab Technician
  • Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Product Manager
  • Production Engineer
  • Scientific Officer

Graduate Employers:

  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Finanical Sector, Innopharma Technology,
  • HPRA,
  • Intel,
  • Lotus Works,
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Computational Studies
  • Science Technology & Society
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Computational Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Entrepreneurial Studies

Common Modules:

  • Nanoscience
  • Chemical & Spectroscopic Techniques for Nanoscience
  • Vacuum Techniques for Nanoscience
  • Industrial Work Placement

Physics Major Option:

  • Physics
  • Optics, Electromagnetism,
  • Lasers
  • Condensed Matter
  • Quantum Physics

Chemistry Major Option:

  • Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Regulatory Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Quantum Physics

Common Modules:

  • Nanoscience
  • Semiconductor & Molecular Nanostructs. & Devices
  • Advanced Nanotechnology Topics
  • Professional Development Skills
  • Invention, Innovation & Commercialisation
  • Nanotechnology Research Project

Physics Major Option:

  • Physics
  • Electronics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Nuclear Radiation & Non-ionising Radiation
  • Quantum Physics of Solids
  • Lasers & Optical Communications
  • Chemistry 
  • Surface & Photochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemical Control & Environmental Legislation

Chemistry Major Option:

  • Chemistry
  • Surface & Photochemistry
  • Separation Science & Hyphenated Techniques
  • Advanced Analysis & Polymer Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis & Drug Delivery
  • Chemical Control & Environmental Legislation
  • Physics 
  • Electronics, Quantum Physics of Solids
I enjoyed the course from start to end.
Great hands-on experience with plenty of lab practice and a work placement.
Staff are friendly and helpful and know their nano.

Exit awards

Exit after 2 years Exit award after 3 years Complete 4 years


Level 6 Higher Certificate


Level 7 Bachelor of Science (Ord)


Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) 

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

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City Centre: Grangegorman


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