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Forensic & Environmental Chemistry / Ceimic Fhóiréinseach agus Chomhshaoil


2019 - Title will change to "Analytical Chemistry Environmental, Forensic & Pharmaceutical"

What is ... Forensic & Environmental Chemistry?

This course is a chemistry programme with modules specialising in forensic and environmental topics. Graduates will have a rigorous scientific training, be good at problem solving and have expert laboratory skills suitable for any career in the Forensic or Environmental sector as well as Pharmaceutical / Chemical industries.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

The exciting career paths open to a graduate of this programme are varied and include monitoring environmental pollution, chemical analysis and forensic analysis, as well as teaching science and chemistry. Careers can be in:

  • Environmental monitoring - monitoring levels of pollutants in air, water and soil
  • Chemical analysis - characterisation of complex mixtures
  • Forensic analysis - chemical analysis employed to assist in solving crime

Such careers can be in environmental laboratories, State laboratories, pharmaceutical, fine chemical, cosmetic and food companies and forensic laboratories.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who complete the programme are eligible to progress to taught and research masters and doctoral programmes in DIT or other higher education institutions as well as the PGDE (for graduates intending to teach at secondary level).

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

If you are interested in pursuing this course of study, you will need an interest in science as well as an interest in solving problems.
The first year of the programme provides an introduction to science as well as an introductory module on forensic and environmental chemistry. In second year, the relevant core chemistry topics are taught as well as some specialised modules in forensic and environmental chemistry.

In the final two years, the emphasis is on forensic and environmental chemistry and includes case studies and development of team-work and critical analysis skills. A six month work placement features between years 3 and 4.

‘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

Year one is designed to establish a solid foundation across the sciences. An introductory module in Forensic and Environmental Chemistry is included along with hands-on activities in these areas.

Year Two

This year provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the various branches of Chemistry. In addition, modules in Forensic and Environmental Chemistry are provided which build upon the core chemistry content.

Year Three & Four

Over the final two years of the programme, advanced modules in Forensic and Environmental Chemistry are delivered featuring realistic case-studies and developing team-working and critical analysis skills. There is a hands-on approach in the use of modern instrumentation including chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques.

  • A key feature in Year three is the Work Placement in an industrial environment.
  • In Year four, there is a final year project which allows students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and initiative on a research topic.

Are there study abroad options?

It is possible during the Year 3 placement to study in an industrial or academic environment abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Further Information

School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

T: 01 402 4645 (Claire McDonnell, Programme Chair)

T: 01 402 4572 (Goretti murphy, School Administrator)




What our Students say!

  • I really enjoyed this course - lots of laboratory work meant that I got to learn about equipment and methods that I now use in my job.
  • My interest lies in the application of analytical techniques to the investigation of evidence from crime scenes
  • My time at DIT has allowed me to travel to seminars and universities abroad for work and further study in forensic sciences