Stage 2 Subject Selection

 

 

Online Stage 2 Subject Selection will take place through your SIS web account from 9 July to 13 July 2018.

  

Stage 2 Subject Selection Guide & FAQs

Additional information in relation to the online subject selection will be sent via email in early July 2018.

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Based on queries received from students in previous years, a number of key points on Stage 2 Subject Seelction are listed below for your information:

 

1) When you log on to your SIS account during that week, all subjects that you are qualified to take in Stage 2 will be available for you to choose. So, for example, even if you are a BBB student you can use this opportunity to pick a subject from the CCS stream if that is what you want to do.

 

2) Before you go on-line you should have tried to reach a decision about your preferred subjects, the online selection of subjects is for the recording of your decision and not for switching between multiple combinations. 

 

3) When you select your preferred subjects, you will be automatically enrolled to most of the core modules for that subject.   When the registration system re-opens in August you will at that point choose any remaining optional, programme core or elective modules.

 

4) Students entering Stage 2 Science must choose a minimum of two subjects. If both subjects are selected from among Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Physiology and Genetics, however, students must choose an additional subject that is not in that list.

Once you have met the requirements for the minimum number of subjects, only select those subjects that interest you.  You will complete your module registration in August.  You are not required to complete your registration to 60 credits in July.

 

5) Please remember that you may still have option and programme core modules to select for your preferred subjects when online module registration opens in August. For example, all subjects in the BBB group will require students to select a Chemistry module (CHEM20090) in second year if they’re not already taking a subject from the CCS group, and such students register to CHEM20090 in August.

 

6) Choosing your Stage 2 subjects in July is uncompetitive. There are no restrictions on places in any subjects for Stage 2 provided you register your subjects during the July registration week. If you don't make selection during this window, then you may be assigned to subjects by this office.

 

7) Subject/Stream Required error

Please note that during subject selection if you get the above error message you may ignore this for now. You are only required to select a minimum of two subjects at this stage. You will be automatically pre-registered to the subjects' core modules but make sure you leave enough room for programme cores as well.  It will update once you have completed your module registration to 60 credits in August. We suggest that you check the programme structure of your chosen Stage 2 subjects available on the Course Search facility.

Students entering Stage 2 Science must select a minimum of two subjects. If two or more subjects are selected from among Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology, however, students must choose an additional subject that is not on that list.

Many students choose their second year modules to cover the requirements for more than the minimum number of subjects, and this is perfectly acceptable within the constraints of a 60 credit Stage 2 workload which applies to all students. 

All subjects for which you have met the core requirements in Stage 1 will be available for you to study in Stage 2. In addition, stage 2 subject selection is not competitive for students who have progressed to Stage 2.

You may not have attempted one of the modules required for the subject in Stage 1.  If you were in a repeat attempt at Stage 1, or had transferred from another degree at some point, you may have different modules in your academic history. If a subject that you want to select doesn’t appear for you then please email stage2subjects@ucd.ie, or contact the Science Programme Office.

If you wish to email this office with your query, you must use the email address stage2subjects@ucd.ie, emails sent to any other email address will be redirected and this may cause a delay in responding. You are also welcome to call in to the office in person or to telephone a staff member.

Yes. As long as you have met the core requirements in Stage 1 for these subjects, and subject combinations are compatible, you can choose subjects across different streams.

Yes. You will be prevented from selecting any further subjects when the core modules associated with the subjects have exceeded 60 credits.

You are only selecting subjects in July. You do not have to select your 60 credits at this time.

You are only selecting subjects in July.  When you select your subjects, you will be automatically registered to a small number of core modules (and you will see your credit total on the right hand side of the screen updated to reflect this). 

IMPORTANT NOTE You will select your remaining modules (options, programme cores and electives) when module registration opens in August.

Module registration will normally remain open for the first two weeks of a semester but in order to change your registration to an actual subject area, you should contact the Science Programme Office at stage2subjects@ucd.ie. Please remember that registering to a subject in Stage 2 does not mean that you have to continue with this subject in Stage 3.  If you are planning to continue with the same modules, there is no need to make a change to the subjects to which you are registered.

No. There are a number of modules that are common to more than one subject area. You may find, when module registration opens in August, that the options for some subject areas have been pre-selected if the modules are core for other areas. Provided the minimum number of options required for a subject have been selected, you do not need to select additional modules.

Yes. There are a number of subjects that cannot be timetabled together, and there are some subject combinations (e.g. Theoretical Physics and Neuroscience) that would require a workload that is greater than 60 credits.

Every effort has been made to ensure that students can combine a broad choice across all subject areas in second year (Stage 2) but certain combinations of subjects may not be feasible in the timetable. These incompatible combinations are not often sought by students and may be encountered, in limited cases, when students attempt to combine particularly diverse subject areas across the BBB, CCS and MPG groups. In a small number of cases, students may not be able to combine subjects from within one of the BBB, CCS or MPG groups of subjects.  These cases are listed below:

Incompatible Combinations within the ‘BBB’ group of subjects

Subject

Is incompatible with

Physiology

Plant Biology

Incompatible Combinations within the ‘MPG’ group of subjects

Subject

Is incompatible with

Geology              

Mathematical Science

Mathematical Science

Geology, Physics, Physics Astronomy & Space Science, Theoretical Physics

Physics

Mathematical Science

Physics with Astronomy & Space Science

Mathematical Science

Statistics

Theoretical Physics

Theoretical Physics         

Mathematical Science, Statistics

There are no incompatible combinations within the ‘CCS’ group of subjects

If your choice of subjects brings your credit total above 60 (i.e. above 12 modules) then you may also encounter difficulties. There is a great deal of overlap in the modules required for many subjects. It is usually only the selection of a large number of subjects or of an unusually diverse combination of subjects that would result in a credit load above 60 credits.

NOTE: Students who select Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Stage 2 are required to complete 9 core modules. If you have not selected CHEM20080 in Stage 1, you are required to register to this module in Stage 2. This will mean that your subject choices may be limited to CCS subjects. You may also meet the requirements for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Pharmacology through the combination of modules in this subject stream. 

In choosing Biology and Mathematics Education (A) you are also fulfilling the requirements for the subjects of Environmental Biology and Plant Biology. You have the potential to fulfil the requirements for Zoology with the addition of another module, and similarly for Genetics. In choosing Biology and Mathematics Education (B) you are also fulfilling the requirements for either Biochemistry & Molecular Biology or Microbiology (or both, depending on your choice of modules). You have the potential to fulfil the requirements for Pharmacology with the addition of another module, and similarly for Genetics.

Selecting either (A) or (B), and taking the required modules, will mean you are eligible for Biology and Mathematics Education in Stage 3.