UCD Science Study Abroad Programme


The UCD Science Study Abroad programme offers a diverse range of subject areas and provides exciting opportunities to advance your knowledge while studying in Ireland.

Science Subject Choices

Courses are available in the following subject areas:

Anatomy Applied & Computational Mathematics Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cell & Molecular Biology Chemistry Computer Science
Environmental Biology Genetics Geology
Mathematical Science Mathematics Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Microbiology Neuroscience Pathology
Pharmacology Physics Physics with Astronomy & Space Science
Physiology Plant Biology Statistics
Theoretical Physics Zoology


An example of the subjects on offer for science students can be found in our ‌Sample offering for Science Study Abroad students 2017/18 (pdf).

Please note that this is a sample of the most popular modules to assist with module selection and does not represent the complete catologue of modules available. Detailed descriptions on all modules can be found on the UCD Current Students website.


Programme Information

Full year: up to 12 modules
One semester: up to 6 modules 
Average weekly load: 12 hours of lectures with associated laboratory classes where appropriate. 

International Science Study Abroad students may take up to a maximum of two non-Science modules per semester. The non-Science modules may be chosen from a number of programmes across the university. Module information can be found via the Course Search on the UCD website.

For additional course information, email Mr Jamie Wells : jamie.wells@ucd.ie

Please note that while every effort will be made to facilitate student requests, module choice will be subject to space availability and timetable constraints.


Credit Transfer

The home institution decides on credits to be awarded for modules pursued at UCD. We are happy to work with the partner institutions on mapping the curriculum to ensure that students can meet the academic requirements of their home university while enjoying the Study Abroad experience.


Academic Year

Semester 1 (Fall): Teaching starts in early September and finishes in early December. This will be followed by examinations which may run up to Christmas week. 

Semester 2 (Spring): Teaching starts in mid January and finishes at the end of April. A mid-term break of 2 weeks exists in March and exams will be held after the end of semester, usually early May.

More information on the Academic Calendar can be found here.


Support and Facilities

Our Support and Facilities page provides information on some of the services available to you during your Study Abroad experience at UCD.