MSc Chemistry

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Trains students in a specialized area of chemistry such as Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Energy and Sustainable Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry or Nanotechnology.
  • 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

Full Time option suitable for:

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

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.

  • Display, to a high level, a systematic and in-depth knowledge of their chosen areas of the chemistry discipline.
  • Demonstrate the standard and specialised technical skills required to safely operate in a research environment related to their chosen specialisms.
  • Demonstrate an ability to take significant responsibility and work in a self-directed manner both alone and in groups and be able to act in a wide variety of professional levels and contexts both within and outside the discipline.
  • Develop learning skills that allow them to self-evaluate and take responsibility for self-directed further study, within or outside the discipline, or in continuous professional development.
  • Be aware of, and be able to manipulate, on-line resources for the collection and collation of literature.
  • Demonstrate ability in critically analysing and communicating complex sets of data verbally and in written form and have the insight to be able to scrutinise and reflect on aspects of the discipline.

The MSc in Chemistry through 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.

MSc Chemistry (F042) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9050
nonEU    fee per year - € 23800

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

  • 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.

Staff Profile
Dr Xiangming Zhu,
UCD School of Chemistry & Chemical Biology


This MSc in Chemistry by negotiated learningtrains students to a high level of knowledge and proficiency in a specialised area of chemistry such as medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, energy and sustainable chemistry, biophysical chemistry or nanotechnology. Students participate in laboratory work based in our newly developed ergonomic, high specification, modern laboratories in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science. Our core facilities are at internationally competitive levels, including NMR spectrometry,mass spectrometry/chromatography, X-ray crystallography and microanalysis.

  • Core facilities at internationally competitive levels, including NMR spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry/Chromatography, X-ray crystallography and Microanalysis.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Chemistry (Negotiated Learning) FT (F042)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *

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