Graduate Taught Programmes

Chemistry, as the central science, has links to all other scientific disciplines. Therefore, graduate level chemistry programmes span a large number of topics from the mathematical, through the physical and materials disciplines to the biological ends of the scientific spectrum.

The UCD School of Chemistry is located in the state-of-the-art UCD O’Brien Centre for Science with world-class facilities in technologies such as X-ray crystallography, nanoparticle characterisation, microanalysis, NMR spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry.

According to the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Chemistry at UCD is ranked 1st in Ireland and in the world top 150.

We offer a range of graduate taught programmes in the School (level 9 nfq, credits 90).

 

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The UCD School of Chemistry has vibrant research in areas such as catalysis and new transformations, bioNano interface, advanced spectroscopy, new materials for magnetic, medicinal, and electronic applications, and carbohydrate chemistry.

Our MSc in Chemistry by negotiated learning is a flexible programme, offering a diverse array of modules and is suitable for students that wish to sample different sides of the discipline. Initial academic advice in collaboration with the student ensures that module choices match career aspirations or areas of interest. For example, students wishing to broaden their understanding of chemistry could choose a range of modules, while those who are intent on progressing to a PhD programme, or specific industries, might choose to concentrate on a specific area, e.g., chemical biology, nanochemistry, medicinal, sustainable or materials chemistry.

Career Opportunities

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.

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Ireland is home to nine of the top 10 world pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, with seven of the 10 top blockbuster pharmaceuticals made in Ireland. This MSc in Synthetic Chemistry is designed for Chemistry graduates who are interested in deepening their knowledge of synthetic chemistry with a view to pursuing a career in either the fine chemicals or pharmaceutical industry.

The UCD School of Chemistry has vibrant research in areas such as catalysis, the synthesis of biologically active compounds and the development of new materials for magnetic and electronic applications, and it has strong links with pharmaceutical and fine chemical companies in Ireland and around the world.

The course draws on the expertise from researchers in the UCD School of Chemistry who specialise in the following areas:

• Catalysis and new transformations research is directed towards design and discovery of new methodologies for metal-mediated and organic bond making and breaking processes to provide new techniques for building up molecular complexity (cascade processes) and to facilitate challenging reactions undermild conditions. Areas of application are multifaceted, including for example natural product synthesis, energy storage (hydrogen fuel economy, greenhouse gas fixation, water splitting), and greener processes.

• Carbohydrate chemistry research focuses on developing new synthetic methodologies towards carbohydrates, C- and S-glycosides, and towards oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates, and also includes the evaluation of the biological activity, specifically as antibiotics, vaccines, and antitumour agents.

• New materials for magnetic, medicinal and electronic applications research encompass the fabrication and application of complexes and assemblies for spin crossover (magnetic switches) and as electrochemical sensors. Substantial work is also directed towards the synthesis and application of metal-based drugs for anticancer and antimicrobial application.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Synthetic Chemistry 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. This course is also a route for some students into a PhD programme.

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The Centre for BioNanoInteractions, based in the UCD School of Chemistry, is Ireland’s National Platform for BioNanoInteraction science, and draws together specialists from its Universities, Institutes and companies. They are one of the world’s leading centres of knowledge for bionanointeractions applied to the fields of nanosafety, nanobiology and nanomedicine, and are pioneering many of the new techniques and approaches in the arena.

Our MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry is designed for Science and Engineering graduates interested to learn about the emerging area of nanomaterials. Our goal is to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and harness the potential of nanomaterials in future advanced manufacturing, ICT, chemical, biopharma, medical device (diagnostics, drug delivery, and therapeutics) and other industries with a view to future employment in these sectors.

Key to learning about nanomaterials is the availability of advanced technology platforms that permit the preparation and processing of nanomaterials in synergy with quantitative materials measurement and functional assessment. In this regard, the UCD School of Chemistry is strongly positioned in hosting world-class researchers and teachers that are comprehensively supported by state-of-the-art nano research facilities.

The quality and diversity of our research environment will enrich the learning experience of Nanomaterials students and will empower them to develop the competitive skillset necessary to establish successful careers. Intel Ireland scholarship funding will be awarded on a merit basis to selected applicants. Opportunities to conduct a research project through internships will be available.

One significant feature of this programme is that it is delivered in association with Intel Ireland, who are funding four scholarships of €3,000 each. All applicants to the MSc programme are welcome to apply for this scholarship through the School of Chemistry. Applicants must apply for the MSc programme prior to 31st of July 2018 to be eligible for application for the scholarship, which will be awarded on a competitive basis. See information on last years awardees.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry provides a basis for graduates to enter the chemical, pharmaceutical, biopharma, advanced manufacturing and materials industries, including the burgeoning 3D printing and medical device sectors. Analytical services, environmental protection, and primary and secondary school teaching present other possibilities. This course is also a route for students into a PhD programme.

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