UCD College of Science

UCD offers the broadest and most diverse Science programme in Ireland, with degree courses in biological, biomedical, chemical, geological, mathematical, physical and computer sciences, all delivered by lecturers at the forefront of teaching and research.

International Study Centre students can study the International Foundation Year in Business, Economics and Social Sciences or the International Foundation Year in Engineering and Sciences to progress to study your undergraduate degree in the:

  • UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science
  • UCD School of Computer Science
  • UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics

What can I study?

After successfully completing your International Foundation Year, you can progress to a variety of degree options within the UCD College of Science.

This course has been designed to provide you with broad and diverse preparation for a professional career in the actuarial or financial professions. You will gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary approach, strong analytical skills, business knowledge and understanding of human behaviour needed to design and manage programmes that control risk for the insurance and pension sectors. You can progress to this degree from the International Foundation Year in Business, Economics and Social Sciences.

Computer sciences take a leading role in creative technology that is changing and shaping the way we interact with the world. This degree will equip you with the technical and creative skills needed to work as a computer programmer, software engineer or architect, database designer, web developer and much more. Many graduates go on to open their own companies. You can progress to this degree from the International Foundation Year in Engineering and Sciences.

In this degree, you will focus on the biological aspects of environmental science. Your coursework will prepare you with a strong background in ecology and its application to environmental assessment and management. You will gain strong vocation skills and prepare for an exciting future in professions like wildlife and conservation, environmental consultancy, surveying and more. You can progress to this degree from the International Foundation Year in Engineering and Sciences.

Studying mathematics, you will be equipped with the tools that are the groundwork to all scientific subjects. You will learn to face the highly challenging questions of science, technology and commerce. You can progress to this degree from the International Foundation Year in Engineering and Sciences.

This four year course is ideal if you are undecided about which area of Science interests you. During the first year you will have the flexibility to sample a number of subjects before choosing to specialise in a specific field. The UCD Science course offers 26 subjects categorised into the following streams:

  • Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences
  • Chemistry & Chemical Sciences
  • Mathematical, Physical and Geological Sciences.

You can progress to this degree from the International Foundation Year in Engineering and Sciences.

Prepare for your future

Your degree and student experience involves more than outstanding research and high quality education. That’s why the UCD College of Science also offers a flexible curriculum, internship opportunities and career development.

World-class facilities

As part of the UCD College of Science, you will learn in the world-class O'Brien Centre for Science, the largest capital investment in science in Ireland. With state-of-the-art labs, active learning environments and lecture theatres, you will engage in exciting research and be fully supported to develop your knowledge and prepare for an exciting career.

Flexible curriculum

Schools within the UCD College of Science offers a diverse Science programme with the flexibility to explore different disciplines. As well as having the freedom to study elective modules outside of your field, you can spend the first year studying different subjects before choosing your specialism.

Internship opportunities

As part of your degree, you may have the opportunity to undertake an internship in your chosen industry and earn credits towards your degree. An internship is a great way to gain practical, hands-on experience while practicing applying your theoretical knowledge. There are a number of professional science placements available as three month internships or longer.

Career development and workshops

Preparing for your future career will be an important aspect of your undergraduate degree. The UCD Career Development Centre regularly runs career workshop for science students to develop your CV, interviewing skills and more. UCD College of Science alumni regularly return to campus to collaborate with UCD to offer internships, engage in research or share their experience. There is also an annual recruitment fair giving you an opportunity to meet employers and build valuable connections.