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Science (General Entry) / Eolaíocht Ghinearálta


What is... Science (General Entry)?

Science is the process of understanding the world around us and underpins many of the major industrial sectors and employers in Ireland, for example, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Healthcare, Agri-Food and the Green Economy. A recent review of employment opportunities in Ireland by Forfas identified that Science will be at the core of the Future Skills Needs and economic recovery in Ireland. This General Science Programme is ideal if you are not yet sure which Science discipline you wish to pursue and you are looking for a broad education in first year that will allow the maximum possible choice in future years.

Please note that while every effort is made to accommodate student preferences, entry to the listed programmes may not be guaranteed.  If a programme is oversubscribed, the places are allocated on the basis of academic performance in stage 1 of the programme.  

What other options do I have after completion?

Students can apply to enrol into Year Two of the following 10 participating BSc (Hons) programmes:

  • DT203 BSc (Hons) Forensic and Environmental Chemistry
  • DT206 BSc (Hons) Biomedical and Molecular Diagnostics *
  • DT221 BSc (Hons) Physics with Energy and Environment
  • DT222 BSc (Hons) Physics Technology
  • DT227 BSc (Hons) Science with Nanotechnology
  • DT235 BSc (Hons) Physics with Medical Physics and Bioengineering
  • DT299 BSc (Hons) Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry
  • DT420 BSc (Hons) Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition
  • DT421 BSc (Hons) Food Innovation
  • DT422 BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Healthcare

* There are very limited spaces available (normally 2 places)

Students will not under any circumstances transfer into the Year Two of:

  • DT204 BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • DT205 BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences
  • DT211 BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Infrastructure)
  • DT220 BSc (Hons) Industrial Mathematics
  • DT223 BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • DT224 BSc (Hons) Optometry
  • DT225 BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
  • DT228 BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • DT229 BSc (Hons) Clinical Measurement Science
  • DT255 BSc (Hons) Information Systems/Information Technology
  • DT282 BSc (Hons) Computer Science (International)
  • DT405 BSc (Hons) Culinary Science
  • DT491 BSc (Hons) Environmental Health

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific and mathematical principles
  • Develop basic theoretical and technical skills in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics
  • Possess the capacity to analyze and interpret a range of physical, chemical and biological data
  • Students will have developed their communications skills so as to effectively retrieve information, write reports and make presentations
  • To begin applying the Scientific Technique in analysing and solving problems
  • Have an understanding of Science and the role and responsibilities of a Scientist in Society
  • The students would be expected to meet minimum requirements for transfer to the second year of one of the participating level 8 programmes. The normal minimum requirement is to pass all modules taken

Module Listing

Year One

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Nutrition

Students are required to take an additional elective module commencing in semester two. Selection of this elective module depends on the preferred choice of programme that a student will select following successful completion of the year one examinations.

Are there study abroad options?

Individual programmes in the College of Sciences and Health have opportunities to study abroad in second and subsequent years. Please see the course entries for: DT203, DT221, DT222, DT227, DT235, DT299, DT420, DT421 and DT422.

Further Information

School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

T: (01) 402 4570 (Dr. Gavin Sewell)



School of Food Science & Environmental Health

T: (01) 402 4408 (Dr. James Curtin)



School of Biological Sciences

T: (01) 402 4563 (Dr. Jan Guerin)



School of Physics

T: (01) 402 4927 (Dr. Siobhán Daly)