Stage 2 Subject Selection

 

Online Stage 2 Subect Selection will take place through your SIS web account between 10 and 14 July 2017

 

Further details are contained on our FAQs below.

 

Stage 2 Subject Selection FAQs

Additional information in relation to the online subject selection will be sent via email in early July 2017.

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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.

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.