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GY301
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 HETAC 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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4 Years
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The Bachelor of Science degree is a programme which allows you to take a variety of subjects in the general scientific field before deciding to specialise in one scientific area for your four-year honours degree Students can take subjects from the Physical Sciences and combine them with subjects from the Biological Sciences, the Mathematical Sciences, or the Earth and Ocean Sciences. 

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GY301 - Science
NUI Galway

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GY301 - Science
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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
  5M0529  Software Development
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CELTX    Electronic Technology
CITXX    Information Technology

Essential Module Requirements:
CASLT - LABORATORY TECHNIQUES; 5M3807 - LABORATORY TECHNIQUES; CELTX - ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY; CITXX - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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


and 3 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

B20012 - Database Methods
or 5N0783 - Database Methods
or B20028 - Spreadsheet Methods
or 5N1977 - Spreadsheet Methods


5M0529 / 5M0536
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:


5N18396

and 3 from of the following:

5N0541
5N0548
5N0583
5N0690 - Communications

5N2928
5N2772
5N2927
5N2929

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A degree in science provides you with the potential to develop a wide variety of skills. Students can be employed in areas such as industry, IT, investment banking, consulting, marketing, research, or third-level education.

Some careers of past graduates include:

  • Medical Devices
  • Biodiversity Specialist
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Senior Inspector, EPA
  • Meteorologist, Met Eireann
  • Design Engineer
  • Curator of Astronomy & Modern Physics, Science Museum, London
  • Functional Ecologist, Teagasc



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