Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry (CVS1)

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 broad-based based education in the knowledge and skills needed by students to pursue careers in the range of sectors underpinned by chemical science and technology.  Furthermore, the programme will detail a range of topics that explain the interface between chemistry and the global environment and also the application of chemistry in terms of the sustainable development of society. Graduates from this programme will have the capacity to apply their chemical knowledge and skills, creativity, and critical thinking to solve problems of scientific, environmental and social importance, and to generate new knowledge.  We provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment, in which students develop their knowledge and understanding of Chemistry as an enabling science.  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 either environmental or sustainable chemistry.  Both the core material and the transferrable skills acquired in the programme are assessed, using a range of authentic techniques. These include assessment of knowledge through written examinations, and competencies gained through laboratory work, as well as, at later stages, assessment of critical reviews, of presentations, and of a research thesis, as well as an oral thesis defense.


1 - Demonstrate a broad and balanced knowledge and appreciation of key concepts in chemistry, environmental chemistry and sustainable chemistry.
2 - Safely and effectively carry out a range of modern experimental procedures.
3 - Apply their theoretical and practical skills, and adopt a rigorous and rational approach, to solve problems in the field.
4 - Describe and communicate problems relating to the environment and sustainability in relation to chemical principles, and discuss chemical processes holistically from an environmental and sustainable perspective.
5 - Engage imaginatively, analytically, and creatively with the molecular basis of matter to understand the materials, processes and interactions inherent in the natural world.
6 - Predict, design and develop the new materials and processes that will be critical to promoting sustainable global progress and prosperity as well as ensuring health and well-being.
7 - Design and implement efficient, safe and sustainable methods for the synthesis and applications of molecules and materials.
8 - Develop and employ quantitative methods for the measurement, characterisation, and analysis of the structure and dynamics of molecular systems.
9 - Understand the nature of scientific research and be able to design, plan and execute research projects.
10 - Demonstrate an intellectual, critical, ethical and professional approach in their thinking generally and to chemistry and sustainability in particular.
11 - Demonstrate an aptitude for life-long, self-directed learning as well as collaborative learning in professional settings throughout their careers.
12 - Exhibit the potential for taking leadership roles in their future careers, and in addressing complex societal and global challenges, especially those relating to sustainable development.
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.

As Stages 3 and 4 have the most dynamic components of the programme, and the material studied previously may no longer be relevant, a student who has been away from the programme for a significant period should be required to register again to Stage 3. The upper limit for completion of Stages 3 and 4 should be six years, if they choose to do 120 credits with 20 in each year.
Stage 3

Students take 10 core modules. Additional modules may be selected from the BSc programme or alternatively, students may select 10 credits from elective modules.
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Stage 4

Student take 6 core modules and 3 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

CHEM30210 Structure Determination and Aromatic Heterocyclic Chemistry 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

CHEM30250 Organometallic and Solid State Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30310 Soft Matter & Interfacial Chemistry Spring

5

CHEM30320 Chemical Thermodynamics & Physical Transformations Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Students must register to a minimum of 50 Programme Credits (Core/Options). Students may register to 10 Elective credits or select additional Option modules from the list below in order to fulfill their Stage requirements.
     
BSEN30310 The Bioeconomy; A strategy for sustainable fuel, material and chemical production Autumn

5

CHEM30090 Chemistry of Materials Autumn

5

BSEN30030 Air Pollution Spring

5

ENVB20050 Principles of Environmental Biology & Ecology Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Students must register to a minimum of 50 Programme Credits (Core/Options). Students may register to 10 Elective credits or select additional Option modules from the list below in order to fulfill their Stage requirements.
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
CHEM40030 Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

CHEM40110 Advanced Applications of Inorganic Chemistry Autumn

5

CHEM40960 Green and Sustainable Chem Autumn

5

CHEM40060 Methods in Organic Synthesis Spring

5

CHEM40140 Modern Methods and Applications of Catalysis Spring

5

CHEM40730 Advanced kinetics & thermo. Spring

5

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options - A)3 OF:
Please note that 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

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

5

CHEM40740 Electrochemistry Autumn

5

SCI30080 Professional Placement-Science Autumn

5

CHEM40080 Reactivity and Change Spring

5

CHEM40870 Nanomaterials Chemistry Spring

5


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