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Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry / Eolaíochtaí Ceimiceacha le Ceimic Mhíochaineach


What is... Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry?

This chemistry degree focuses on how chemistry can be used for medicinal applications - including drug design, synthesis, and delivery. Graduates of this programme will have skills and expertise in synthetic chemistry applicable for the pharmaceutical and other industries. The programme is recognized by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates 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 skill-set developed provides the graduate with an excellent basis for working in a variety of areas including production support, quality and assurance, technical services, research and development and technical sales. Graduates can also take a career in the teaching profession.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students can continue their studies on taught or research programmes (Masters, PhD) at DIT or other institutions as well as professional courses such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Learning Outcomes: What will I study?

The 4 year degree 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 one are taught on the basis that you  may not have studied them at Leaving Certificate. In second year, chemical and pharmaceutical processes and technology are explored and themes developed in third and fourth year.

A key feature in year three is a 6-7 month placement abroad as part of the ERASMUS programme. This is an opportunity to study or gain work experience in a European country while completing your degree. We provide supports to help you locate a host European college or company.

Your research project in fourth year gives you the opportunity to be guided by our staff while exploring areas aligned with their expertise such as the synthesis of potential antimalarial or anticancer agents or of drug release coatings for respiratory devices.

The degree course has a holistic approach to its subject matter to prepare students for the employment market.

Important   transferable    skills   such   as    communication, teamwork, planning, problem-solving and critical analysis are also developed during the degree. Thus, graduates  are work-ready problem-solvers with excellent laboratory skills.

‘The Programme is recognised by the Institute of Chemistry in Ireland for Graduate Membership and accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. In addition it is recognised by The Teaching Council for teaching Chemistry to Leaving Certificate level.’

Module Listing

Year One

Introductory modules in science, along with degree specific modules in medicinal chemistry and the human body and disease.

Year Two

A range of modules in chemistry, as well as specialized modules in stereochemistry, biomolecules & organic Synthesis.

Year Three 

Students expand their knowledge of chemistry and its applications to medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical processes.

Year three includes a 6-7 month international placement as part of th ERASMUS scheme.

Year four

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.

Further Information

T: (01) 402 4570 (Dr Gavin Sewell) 


What our Students say!

I enjoyed my undergraduate studies in DIT, I particularly enjoyed the practical element of the course. I believe this practical element of DIT courses is one of the major strengths of a DIT award, bringing a proper sense of the applications of chemistry outside the class room.