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DN200 NPF
Science

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 - 4 Years
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A degree in science is for people who have a fascination with natural phenomena and a desire to find answers to their questions. Scientists have a natural curiosity, an ability to solve problems and a desire to explore new worlds.

The UCD Science DN200 programme offers 26 subjects categorised as follows:

  • Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences (BBB)
  • Chemistry & Chemical Sciences (CCS)
  • Mathematical, Physical & Geological Sciences (MPG)
  • No Preference (NPF)

DN200 is not a “General Science” degree. It is an Honours degree course where students specialise in one of 26 subjects for their final degree. The NPF course is ideal if you’re undecided about which area of Science interests you most. Selecting ‘No Preference’ on your CAO form ensures flexibility to explore the range of science subjects.  –The No Preference option is also ideal if you’re interested in subjects across more than one stream, e.g. Chemistry and Chemical Sciences and Mathematical, Physical and Geological Sciences.


Why study Science at University College Dublin

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
CASAC  5M2768  AnimalCare
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CELTX    Electronic Technology
CITXX    Information Technology

Essential Module Requirements:
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:


C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
Mathematics or min O3/H6 LCE Maths

and 2 of the following 11 modules:

C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology

C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry

C20012 - Computer Architecture & Systems

C20013 - Computer Programming

C20016 - Electronics
or 5N1606 - Electronics

C20018 - Electronics and Digital
or 5N1774 - Electronics - Digital

C20033 - Laboratory Techniques
or 5N2751 - Laboratory Skills

C20040 - Mechanics
or 5N1638 - Mechanics

C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics

5N0750 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology

5N0751 - Animal Behaviour

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There is a wide range of career opportunities available to Science graduates. UCD Science graduates are skilled at analysing data, writing reports and solving problems, and are trained to use their own initiative – all qualities that companies are looking for in employees. These skills can be transferred to businesses ranging from biotechnology, conservation and wildlife to IT, finance and forensics.

Students typically pursue pathways based on their major subjects taken. Many graduates continue their studies to Master’s or Doctoral Degree level.



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