Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry (CBS1)

Academic Year 2019/2020

If you are interested in doing an Internship as part of Stage 4, you must indicate your interest now (in Stage 3).
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The aim of the programme is to provide a broadly-based education in the knowledge and practical skills needed by students to pursue careers in the range of sectors underpinned by chemical science and technology.  Graduates will combine extensive knowledge and skills in advanced chemistry with the knowledge of fundamental chemical principles of functioning of biological systems and their industrial applications in chemical, biomedical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, food and other industries. In addition to this they will be well positioned to provide an interface between chemistry, biology and bioengineering and to competitively pursue employment or advanced degrees in the related fields of science and technology. Immersed in our world class research-intensive environment, 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, seminars, and team-based projects, culminating in research projects in which students are embedded in academic research teams to work on leading-edge problems.  Both the core material and the transferrable skills acquired in the programme are assessed, using a range of techniques, including assessment of laboratory skills and reports, assessment of presentations, assessment of team work, and assessment of a research thesis and of an oral thesis defense, in addition to in-class tests and written examinations.


  • Demonstrate a broad and balanced knowledge and appreciation of key concepts in chemistry, the molecular principles of functioning of life and their applications in modern technologies.
  • Safely and effectively carry out a range of modern experimental procedures.
  • Apply their theoretical and practical skills, and adopt a rigorous and rational approach, to solve problems in the field.
  • Engage imaginatively, analytically, and creatively with the molecular basis of matter to understand the materials and processes inherent in the natural world.
  • Predict, design and develop the new materials and processes that will be critical to promoting and ensuring health and well-being, and sustainable global progress and prosperity.
  • Design and implement efficient, safe and sustainable methods for the synthesis of molecules and materials.
  • Develop and employ quantitative methods for the measurement, characterisation, and analysis of the structure and dynamics of molecular systems.
  • Understand the nature of scientific research and be able to design, plan and execute research projects.
  • Demonstrate an intellectual, critical, ethical and professional approach to Chemistry, and in their thinking generally.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for life-long, self-directed learning as well as collaborative learning in professional settings throughout their careers.
  • Exhibit the potential for taking leadership roles in their future careers, and in addressing complex societal and global challenges.
Approved Additional Standards for Continuation in undergraduate degree programmes in Science (all majors):

Students who return failing grades in a semester amounting to 15 credits, or more, will be identified under the UCD Continuation and Readmission Policy. Students whose rate of progression and performance over two academic sessions (2 years) is deemed unacceptable will be referred to the Academic Council Committee on Student Conduct and Capacity for exclusion from the programme.
Stage 3

Students must select eight core modules and at least 2 options. Additional modules may be selected from the BSc programme or alternatively, students may select 10 credits from elective modules.
If you are interested in doing an Internship as part of Stage 4, you must indicate your interest now (in Stage 3). See full details www.ucd.ie/science/careers/internships/students/

Stage 4

Students take five core modules and five option modules.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
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

CHEM30220 Mechanism, Stereochemistry and Alicyclic Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM30230 Symmetry and Computational Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30240 Main Group Chemistry and Bonding Spring

5

CHEM30310 Soft Matter & Interfacial Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30320 Chemical Thermodynamics & Physical Transformations Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Students must select at least 2 modules from this list.
     
BIOC30090 Proteins and Enzymes Autumn

5

BMOL30040 Receptor-mediated cell signalling Autumn

5

CHEM30090 Chemistry of Materials Autumn

5

CHEM30210 Structure Determination and Aromatic Heterocyclic Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM30280 Medicinal Chemistry (level 3) Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

AESC30010 Scientific Writing and Review Spring

5

BIOC30030 Biochemist's Toolkit Spring

5

BMOL30050 Genomics and Proteomics Spring

5

CHEM30250 Organometallic and Solid State Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30270 Chemical Biology of Macromolecules Spring

5

MICR20050 Microbiology in Medicine, Biotechnology and the Environment Spring

5

PHAR30050 Experimental and therapeutic strategies in molecular pharmacology Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Students must select at least 2 modules from this list.
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
CHEM40030 Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

CHEM40740 Electrochemistry Autumn

5

CHEM40730 Advanced kinetics & thermo. Spring

5

CHEM40870 Nanomaterials Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM41140 Special Topics Biophysical Che Spring

5

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options - B)4OF:
Select 4 option modules from the list below. Please Note: Students who successfully completed SCI30080 will be manually registered to this module by the relevant School.
     
CHEM40050 Metals in Biology Autumn

5

CHEM40090 Methods in Organic Synthesis 2 Autumn

5

CHEM40110 Advanced Applications of Inorganic Chemistry Autumn

5

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

5

SCI30080 Professional Placement-Science Autumn

5

CHEM40060 Methods in Organic Synthesis Spring

5

CHEM40080 Reactivity and Change Spring

5

CHEM40140 Modern Methods and Applications of Catalysis Spring

5

PHAR40050 Drug Discovery and Development I Spring

5