UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019

UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
UC D S C I E N C E
UNDE RGR ADUAT E C O UR S E S
             E NT RY 20 19




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                  CO MP U T E R S CIE NCE DN2 0 1
 ACT U A R IA L & FINA NCIA L S T U DIE S DN2 3 0




                      University College Dublin
                      Ireland’s Global University
UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
Contents
    DN200 Science                                          15   DN230 Actuarial & Financial Studies                           10
                                                                Actuarial & Financial Studies                                  11
    Biological, Biomedical
    & Biomolecular Sciences (BBB)
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biology                       16   DN201 Computer Science                                        12
    Cell & Molecular Biology                               17
                                                                Computer Science                                               13
    Environmental Biology                                  18
                                                                Computer Science with Data Science                             14
    Genetics                                               19
    Microbiology                                           20
    Neuroscience                                           21   How the courses work                                          42
    Pharmacology                                           22
    Physiology                                             23
    Plant Biology                                          24   Career Opportunities
    Zoology                                                25   Career Opportunities                                         6-9
    Biology, Mathematics & Education                       26



    Chemistry & Chemical Sciences (CCS)
    Chemistry                                              27
    Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry                   28
    Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry   29
    Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology                 30
    Chemistry, Mathematics & Education                     31


    Mathematical, Physical
    & Geological Sciences (MPG)
    Applied & Computational Mathematics                    32
    Financial Mathematics                                  33
    Mathematics                                            34
    Statistics                                             35
    Applied Mathematics, Mathematics & Education           36   This booklet (Version 16 2019) is intended to assist
                                                                prospective UCD students and the information is given
    Physics                                                37
                                                                in good faith. It is not, however, an official publication of the
    Physics with Astronomy & Space Science                 38   university and does not bind the university in any way.
                                                                The information provided in this booklet is correct at the
    Theoretical Physics                                    39
                                                                time of going to press but degree programmes are subject
    Physics, Mathematics & Education                       40   to continuing development and the university reserves
    Geology                                                41   the right to make changes at any time, before or after a
                                                                student’s admission.
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UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
WHY UCD SCIENCE?

Flexible Curriculum
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. The curriculum can be adapted to your personal preferences through the
unique flexibility of UCD Horizons.


World Class Facilities
The UCD O’Brien Centre for Science is
the largest capital investment in Science
in history of the Irish State with state-of-
the-art labs, active learning environments,
lecture theatres and classrooms.




Internship Opportunities
Professional Science Placements are available
as Summer Internships (3-months) or longer
placements in industry for specific disciplines
(5-6 months).

Dynamic Campus
UCD has over 150 clubs
and societies as well
as a cinema, student
residences, excellent
sports facilities, a gym and
50-metre swimming pool.                                                                                          3
UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
UCD
                                                         Jargon
             The following are
                                                           Buster
            some terms that you
              will come across
             when researching
              courses in UCD.



    Academic Terms
    BSc                                                                    Major
    Bachelor of Science.                                                   A main area of study. A major will show what subject area your
                                                                           degree is in, such as Zoology.
    BAFS
    Bachelor of Actuarial and Financial Studies.                           Semester
                                                                           The academic year is divided into semesters. Undergraduate
    Degree Subject                                                         programmes in UCD have two semesters. Semester 1 runs from
    Examples of degree subject areas are Microbiology, Physics with        September to December and Semester 2 runs from January to May.
    Astronomy & Space Science or Chemistry. In DN200 Science, your
    degree will eventually be in one of 26 different subjects.             Grade Point Average (GPA)
                                                                           Each grade has a number associated with it, called a grade point. When
    Entry Requirements                                                     you have completed all the modules of a Stage, all your grade points are
    The minimum standard in order to be eligible for consideration for     averaged to get a Grade Point Average, or GPA, for that Stage.
    admission.
                                                                           Stream
    Common Entry                                                           DN200 Science in UCD has 4 streams. The streams available in
    A common entry programme has a single entry point for multiple         DN200 Science are Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences
    potential degree options.                                              (BBB), Chemistry & Chemical Sciences (CCS), Mathematical, Physical
                                                                           & Geological Sciences (MPG) and No Preference (NPF). Streams are
    Stage                                                                  used to categorise the 26 different subjects available as degree
    A student progresses through an undergraduate programme in             options available in the common entry programme. By meeting the
    stages. For full-time undergraduate students, a 60-credit stage will   requirements of a particular stream in first year, the subjects within
    normally be completed in one academic year.                            that stream remain available to choose in second year.

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UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
Information on Classes
Module                                                                     of class types such as lectures, practicals, tutorials etc. An average first
A self-contained unit of teaching and learning, which is usually           year timetable will have 30 hours of class time per week including
studied over one semester. Undergraduate modules are normally 5            lectures, practicals and tutorials. Sample timetables for first year are
credits. A standard 5-credit UCD module represents 100-125 hours           available on the UCD Science website at www.ucd.ie/science/.
of student effort including time spent in class, studying and
assessment. Modules in UCD are divided into core, option and               Practicals
elective modules.                                                          Practical (or laboratory) classes involve carrying out selected
                                                                           experiments, examining scientific material and getting hands-on
Core Module                                                                experience of practical subjects. They generally take place in the
A compulsory module that you must do as part of your programme. You        afternoons and are of two-to-three hours duration.
will usually be pre-registered to these modules.
                                                                           Tutorials
Option Module                                                              Tutorials generally take place in a classroom with a smaller group size
A module that is part of your programme but is not compulsory. You         than lectures. They provide an opportunity to explore and apply the
will be given a list of option modules to choose from when you             concepts, skills and competencies in a manner that is not usually
register online.                                                           possible in larger classroom environments.


Elective Module                                                            Credit
As well as Core and Option modules, you can study Elective modules         This is a standard way of representing the amount of student effort,
that either deepen your knowledge in your chosen programme (In-            the achievement of learning outcomes and educational activity
Programme Electives) or allow you to explore subjects outside of your      associated with a module. UCD utilises the European Credit Transfer
area of study (General Electives). For example, a student in Computer      System (ECTS). The ECTS was developed to facilitate educational
Science could take a Business or Language module.                          mobility for students and inter-institutional cooperation amongst
                                                                           higher education institutions within the European Union.
Timetable
Each student will have their own personalised timetable based on their
individual module selection. The timetable will be filled with a variety




Student Life
Orientation                                                                for a range of events such as the annual "Cycle to Galway", Science
To help you settle into life at UCD, orientation events are organised      Day festival, the Science Ball and many more.
for new students prior to the start of term. This includes important
academic advice as well as extra-curricular activities to help you         Peer Mentor
settle into life at UCD.                                                   Peer Mentors are students in Stage 2 or 3 who very generously give of
                                                                           their time to help welcome and support Stage 1 students. Students are
Societies                                                                  introduced to their Peer Mentor during Orientation.
Student societies are a great way to explore your interests or develop
new ones. UCD currently has over 70 active societies so there really is    Clubs
something for everyone, from fun events to guest speakers, plays to        UCD sports clubs are at the centre of student sport. Clubs provide a
debates and comedy nights. An example is the UCD Science Society           range of opportunities to train, play and compete in sport, no matter
(SciSoc). SciSoc is one of UCD's biggest societies and it is responsible   your passion, ability or level.

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UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
Science Careers Map
    This is a summary of some of the opportunities for graduates:
    n Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Clinical               n Computing, Risk, Finance & Analytics
      Trials, Chemical Industry & Hospitals                                   n Semiconductor, Nanotechnology, Meteorology
    n Energy, Climate Conservation & Environment                                & Space Industry
    n Natural Resources                                                       n Further Education & Research



     Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology,
     Medical Devices, Clinical Trials,
     Chemical Industry
     & Hospitals


    Degrees           • BSc Biochemistry &                 • BSc Chemistry                    Careers           Depending on the degree,
                        Molecular Biology                  • All BSc Physics Degrees                            careers include:
                      • BSc Cell & Molecular Biology       • BSc Chemistry with                                  • QA/QC Analyst
                      • BSc Genetics                         Environmental & Sustainable                         • Analytical Chemist
                                                                                                                 • Microbiologist
                      • BSc Microbiology                     Chemistry                                           • Environmental Scientist
                      • BSc Neuroscience                   • BSc Medicinal Chemistry                             • Clinical Research Associate
                      • BSc Pharmacology                     & Chemical Biology                                  • Biochemist
                      • BSc Physiology                                                                           • Medical Physicist


     Energy, Climate Conservation
     & Environment




    Degrees           •   BSc Environmental Biology        • BSc Chemistry with               Careers           Depending on the degree,
                      •   BSc Plant Biology                  Environmental & Sustainable                        careers include:
                                                                                                                • Environmental Consultant
                      •   BSc Zoology                        Chemistry                                          • Environmental Officer
                      •   BSc Chemistry with Biophysical                                                        • Plant Scientist
                                                                                                                • Conservation Scientist
                          Chemistry                                                                             • Environmental Manager
                                                                                                                • Emissions Control Manager
                                                                                                                • Photovoltaic Engineer


     Natural Resources




    Degrees           • BSc Geology                                                           Careers              Depending on the degree,
                      • BSc Environmental Biology                                                                  careers include:
                                                                                                                   • Hydrogeologist
                                                                                                                   • Mineral Geologist
                                                                                                                   • Environmental Consultant
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                                                                                                                   • Marine Geologist
                                                                                                                   • Petroleum Geologist
                                   The information given is a guide only and does not bind the University in any way.
UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
Science Careers Map
The sectors and job titles below are examples only. Each BSc and BAFS degree maps to
different jobs, depending on the qualification and skills required for a particular job.

* Includes Professional Placement




 Computing, Risk, Finance
 & Analytics




 Degrees           • BSc Computer Science             •   BSc Mathematical Science          Careers              Depending on the degree,
                   • BSc Applied & Computational      •   BSc Statistics                                         careers include:
                     Mathematics                      •   BSc Physics                                            • Software Engineer
                   • BAFS Actuarial & Financial       •   BSc Theoretical Physics                                • Database Administrator
                                                                                                                 • Trainee Actuary
                     Studies*                         •   BSc Physics with Astronomy                             • Investment Banker
                   • BSc Financial Mathematics            & Space Science                                        • Risk Analyst
                   • BSc Mathematics                                                                             • Business Analyst
                                                                                                                 • Financial Analyst


 Semiconductor, Nanotechnology,
 Meteorology & Space Industry




                   • BSc Physics                                          Depending on the degree,
Degrees            • BSc Theoretical Physics
                                                       Careers            careers include:
                   • BSc Physics with                                     • Semiconductor Engineer           •     Space Program Manager
                     Astronomy &                                          • Meteorologist                    •     Space Scientist
                     Space Science                                        • Medical Device Engineer          •     Space Systems Engineer
                   • BSc Chemistry                                        • Materials Scientist              •     Space Flight Operations
                                                                          • Radiation Protection Officer           Controller


 Further Education
 & Research



Degrees            •   PME Science/Maths Teacher                                             Careers             Depending on the degree,
                   •   MSc, PhD – Academia/Research                                                              careers include:
                   •   Graduate Veterinary Medicine                                                              • Science Teacher
                   •   Graduate Medicine                                                                         • Medical Doctor
                   •   Graduate Entry to Pharmacy                                                                • Vet
                                                                                                                 • Pharmacist
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                              The information given is a guide only and does not bind the University in any way.
UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
UCD Science, Computer Science
    and Actuarial & Financial Studies
    Internships

    We are committed to helping our students prepare for their careers throughout their time
    studying at UCD.

                                                            Plan Your Career Path

     First Year – Get Involved                                                     Internship Programmes
    4Visit the Career Development Centre in your first year.                       4We have recently introduced a Professional Science Placement that
     www.ucd.ie/careers                                                             allows you to validate credits by completing a Summer Internship
    4Check out modules that cover career and                                        (3-months) or depending on specific disciplines a longer placement
     professional development and identify modules you                              in industry (5-6 months). Third year students can avail of the Placement
     might like to take over the coming years.                                      programme in the following disciplines:
    4Consider the elective module “Prepare for                                         4 Chemistry
     your Future Career”.                                                              4 Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
                                                                                       4 Biology and Environmental Science
                                                                                       4 Computer Science
                                                                                       4 Mathematics
     Second and Third Year – Explore Your Career Options                               4 Earth Science
     4There is a career development lecture included                                   4 Physiology
      in biology, biomolecular, maths and chemistry                                4The Actuarial and Financial Studies degree has a 6 month professional
      modules in second year which will introduce you                               placement built into the programme where students have the opportunity to
                                                                                    work in industry.
                                                                                   4Our internship manager, Carla Naltchayan, prepares students for the application
      to career planning.
     4The Career Centre has 562 companies on their
      database. Identify company talks or workshops                                 process which is competitive in the same way as applying for a graduate course or
                                                                                    your first job and sources internship opportunities in each sector.
                                                                                   4Science, Mathematics & Education degrees also have a teaching placement
      you’d like to attend.
     4Consider an internship or work placement during your studies.
     4Develop a CV and cover letter plus develop your interview skills.             built into the programmes, where students have the opportunity to work
                                                                                    with schools and teachers.



     Fourth Year                                                                   Types of Companies

     4Research job opportunities and graduate studies.                             A new professional internship programme started in 2018 and we are
     4Attend career fairs at UCD or at GradIreland, usually                        currently in contact with companies such as Sanofi, Abbott, Top Chem,
      held in the RDS, Dublin.                                                     Aerogen, Pfizer, BMS, Astellas, Helsinn, Baxter, Henkel, SAP, Amazon, Dell,
     4Check all deadlines for PhD funding opportunities                            MongoDB, Deloitte, Facebook, Google, Intel, Analog, En Ocean Munich.
      and for MSc courses. Some are in the first semester
      of your fourth year so plan ahead.
     4Find out which companies have graduate programmes.



                                                           What Our Students Say
    Béga Murray, Genetics                                                          Clíodhna Connolly, Computer Science
    I completed a six-month internship at the European Molecular Biological        I completed a Summer Internship with Deloitte in their Technology
    Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. I worked within the Korbel           Consulting department. It highlighted how to apply the skills I had already
    group of the Genome Biology Unit. This group focuses on genomic                learnt from my degree but also the skills I should focus more on during my
    structural variants, both the underlying mechanisms and resulting              final year. The problem solving and software development skills I had learnt
    phenotypic effects. I was interested in this group due to their combined use   really stood by me well especially when I was adapting my existing
    of computational and laboratory techniques for performing their research.      knowledge to working with an entirely new language.


8           You can read the full blog posts about our students’ internships experiences at www.myucdblog.com/category/science/
UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
Ireland at a Glance


Ireland is home to many of the world’s top companies and businesses.


Over
1000
Overseas
                                  5 of the top 10
companies
have chosen Ireland as
their strategic location
                                        Companies on Forbes’ list
in Europe.
                                     of The World’s Most Innovative
                                    Companies have Irish operations
                                         according to IDA Ireland


                            More              Global financial
                                              institutions have
                                                                          Top Global
                                                                          financial institutions
                                              established operations
                            than              in Ireland, located
                                              in Dublin’s International
                                              Financial Services
                            250               Centre



      9 OUT OF 10 GLOBAL
 PHARMACEUTICAL CORPORATIONS
                                                             TOP                                 Worldwide
                                                                                             security software

                                                                5                              companies are
                                                                                             located in Ireland




                                                                          The 10 Top Ten
                                                             “Born on the Internet” companies are based in Ireland

 Ireland is home to operations by some of the world’s
leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies                                                                   9
  making some of the world’s blockbuster medicines.
UCD SCIENCE - UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ENTRY 2019
DN230
     Actuarial & Financial Studies




     The DN230 Actuarial & Financial Studies course will prepare you for
     a professional career in the actuarial or financial professions.




      Maximum
      exemptions
      from Core Technical series
      examinations (CT1:8) as well as
      the Core Applications CA1                                     Professional work
      examination of the Institute and                              placement in Third Year
      Faculty of Actuaries. The Institute
      and Faculty of Actuaries, which
                                                                    Students have completed their work placement in a
      accredits this programme, are
      currently in the process of                                   variety of companies and locations. The companies
      updating its syllabus and hence                               include Allianz, Aon, Deloitte, Irish Life, Mercer,
      the titles and contents of the                                Susquehanna (SIG) and Zurich. The locations
      subjects listed are subject to
                                                                    include Dublin, London, Boston and New York.
      change. For ongoing updates on
      this process please see                                       There is a wide choice of placements that last
      https://www.actuaries.org.uk/stu                              for 6-8 months, and are secured through a
      dying/curriculum-2019.                                        competitive process.

                                            Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: How long does it take to become a                           Q: How can I find out more information?
        qualified actuary?

      A: Students must successfully complete 15 professional         A: The Society of Actuaries in Ireland is the professional
         exams and complete a work-based skills framework with          body representing the actuarial profession in Ireland.
         their employer which includes a Learning Log. The              The Society is dedicated to serving the public by
         exams are held twice a year. It typically takes 3 to 6         fostering the highest standards of professionalism and
         years to complete the exams, depending on the extent           competence in actuarial practice.
         to which you can claim exemptions on the basis of
         relevant third-level qualifications. The UCD Actuarial &       Further information on becoming an actuary is
                                                                            available at the Society of Actuaries at
         Financial Studies programme offers the maximum
                                                                                       web.actuaries.ie
         exemptions available from the professional exams.
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Actuarial & Financial Studies
CAO code: DN230


           Sample pathway for a degree in Actuarial & Financial Studies                                        *
   YEAR
      1                               ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
                                       ACTUARIAL & FINANCIAL STUDIES
                                               Topics include:
4Linear Algebra                    4Introduction to Actuarial &           4Introduction to                     4Two
4Advanced Calculus                  Financial Studies                      Programming                          Elective
4Statistical Modelling             4Fundamentals of Actuarial             4Financial Accounting                 modules
                                    Business Theory                       4Math Modelling
                                                                          4Principles of Finance




                                                                                                                           n
   YEAR
                                                                                                                               Learn how actuaries
      2                               BROADEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE
                                                                                                                               understand the nature of risk
                               ACTUARIAL & FINANCIAL STUDIES
                                       Topics include:                                                                         and find ways to manage it
                                                                                                                           n
4Economic History                                     4Advanced Corporate Finance                              4Two
                                                                                                                               Develop the analytical skills
4Financial & Actuarial Mathematics                    4Statistics                                               Elective       and business knowledge
4Probability Theory                                   4Fundamentals of Actuarial Mathematics                    modules        necessary to design and
4Inferential Statistics
                                                                                                                               manage programmes that
                                                                                                                               control risk for the insurance
                                                                                                                               and pension sectors
   YEAR
      3                                  REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
                             ACTUARIAL & FINANCIAL STUDIES – Topics include:
4Investing, Investment, Psychology and Trading         4Information Management for Actuaries                   4One




                                                                                                                           “
4Models – Stochastic Models                            4Workplace Skills                                        Elective
4Time Series Analysis                                  4BAFS Professional Work Placement                        module
4Models – Survival                                      (at least 6 months)

   YEAR
      4                                  REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
                             ACTUARIAL & FINANCIAL STUDIES – Topics include:
4Ethics, professionalism and            4Financial and Actuarial                    4One Elective Module
 risk regulation                         Mathematics                                4One Option                            The wide recognition of the
4Actuarial Statistics                   4Actuarial Mathematics                                                             BAFS course was really useful in
4Actuarial Risk Management                                                                                                 applying for jobs. The BAFS
                                                                                                                           course was great preparation
                            BAFS (Honours) Actuarial and Financial Studies
                                                                                                                           for the further actuarial exams
            Industry                                      PhD                               Conversion Courses             and left me with a very sound

4Insurance                              4Students can pursue a PhD                  4MSc Data &
                                                                                                                           technical knowledge in this
 Actuarial Trainee in the                in Ireland or abroad in areas as            Computational Science                 area. Doing the work
                                                                                    4MSc Mathematical Sciences             placement on the BAFS course




                                                                                                                                                        ”
 following areas:                        diverse as: Mathematics,
 4Life                                   Statistics and Actuarial studies           4MSc Mathematics                       was a huge help, and meant I
 4Pensions                                                                          4MSc Statistics
 4Investment
                                                                                                                           could settle into the work

 4Health
                                                                                                                           environment very quickly.
 4General Insurance
 4Banking or Finance                                                                                                       Sean Roe, Graduate
 4Trading
              *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
               here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.


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Assistant Professor Colm Fitzgerald                           colm.fitzgerald@ucd.ie
UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics                      +353 1 716 2538
                                                                                                                           www.ucd.ie/myucd/                    11
Belfield, Dublin 4
                                                                                                                           actuarialandfinancial
                                                                                                                           studies
DN201
     Computer Science
     Computer Science with
     Data Science

     The DN201 Computer Science course is mainly a software engineering degree
     and is suitable for students with or without previous programming experience.


     Total
     immersion
     software
     engineering
     degree                                70%    Year 2,
                                            Software Engineering
                                                                                             At the end of


                                                                                             choose to major in


                                              30%                  Mathematics
                                                                                             either Computer
                                                                                             Science or
                                                                                             Computer Science
                                                                   in first year             with Data Science




     <                                                                                                              />
                  Learn programming languages such as Java, Python and Ruby; mark-up
                languages such as HTML, XML; Internet technologies such as ASP, PHP and
                  Flash; and graphics languages such as OpenGL and VRML. Students will
                         also use both Windows and Linux/Unix operating systems.


                                            Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: Do I need to have prior experience of                           Q: Where can I practice programming to see if
        programming?                                                        I enjoy it?

      A: No. Computer Science DN201 is mainly a software                 A: There are many excellent resources available online to
         engineering degree and is suitable for students with or            try out programming and Computer Science. Beginners
         without previous programming experience. There is no               can use resources such as MIT’s Scratch or Greenfoot.
         assumption that students have prior programming                    Students looking to advance their knowledge can also
         experience and all students will take introductory                 use resources such as Coursera and edX to sample free
         programming modules in first year.                                 online courses in Computer Science.
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Computer Science
CAO code: DN201

                  Sample pathway for a degree in Computer Science                                     *
   YEAR
      1                              ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
      COMPUTER SCIENCE                                                           MATHEMATICS
        Topics include:                                                           Topics include:

4Algorithmic Problem-             4Formal Foundations                    4Matrix Algebra                      4Two
 Solving                          4Computer Science                      4Foundations of                       Elective
4Computer Programming              in Practice                            Mathematics for                      modules
4Introduction to                  4Software Engineering                   Computer Science
 Computer Architecture             Project I
   YEAR                                                                                                                   Caroline Keiller, Horea Catanase and

      2                              BROADEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE                                                               Alan Fitzpatrick “visualising a goal” as
                                                                                                                          part of Computer Science module
                              COMPUTER SCIENCE – Topics include:
                                                                                                                          Project Management.
4Data Structures & Algorithms                        4Linear Algebra II                                       4Two        Image by Niall Hayes © UCD
4Introduction to Java                                4Databases and Information Systems I                      Elective
4Discrete Mathematics                                4Digital Systems                                          modules    n
                                                     4Introduction to Operating Systems
                                                                                                                              Develop skills in object-
 for Computer Science
4Software Engineering Project II                     4Introduction to Functional Programming                                  oriented programming
                                                                                                                              languages such as Java and
   YEAR                                                                                                                       Ruby, the latest Internet
      3                           FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT                                                                technologies, software
                         COMPUTER SCIENCE – Topics include:                                                                   engineering, mobile
4Foundations of Computing  4Software Engineering         4Computer Graphics I                                 4Two            application development,
4Networks and Internet       Project III                 4Processor Design




                                                                                                                          “
                                                                                                               Elective
                           4Introduction to Artificial   4Graphs and Networks
                                                                                                                              database technology and
 Systems                                                                                                       modules
4Object-Oriented             Intelligence                4Information Theory                                                  operating systems such as
 Programming               4Program Construction I                                                                            Windows, Unix and Linux
   YEAR
      4                                 REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
                                     COMPUTER SCIENCE – Topics include:
                                                                                                                                   I chose
4Computer Science Project               4Multimedia Security & Data                4Compiler Construction
4AI for Games and Puzzles                                                          4Programme Construction II
                                                                                                                                   to study
                                         Hiding
4Spatial Information Systems            4Distributed Systems                       4Cloud Computing                        Computer
4Machine Learning                       4Advances in Wireless                      4Practical Android Programming          Science at UCD
4Data Mining                             Networking                                4Mobile App Development                 because of my
                                                                                                                           avid interest in
                                     BSc (Honours) Computer Science
                                                                                                                           technology and the great
      MSc (Taught)                    Research                         Industry                  Conversion Courses
                                                                                                                           opportunities it afforded me
4MSc Computer                Many graduates pursue            4High-Tech Sector               4UCD Smurfit Business        going forward. I have always
 Science (Negotiated         MSc and PhD studies as           4Financial Sector                School postgraduate         been really passionate about
 Learning)                   well as postdoctoral             4Consultancies                   degrees, e.g.,              technology, and always
4MSc Digital                 research in Ireland and          4R&D                             Master of
                                                              4UCD Tech Start-ups
                                                                                                                           intended on pursuing a career
 Investigation &             abroad in diverse areas                                           Management
 Forensic Computing          such as:                         4Education (Third                                            within the field. Upon
4MSc Cognitive




                                                                                                                                                          ”
                                                               Level)                                                      graduating I intend on
 Science                     4Artificial Intelligence                                                                      pursuing a career in the
                             4Software and Systems                                                                         technology consultancy field,
                              Engineering
                             4Networks and
                                                                                                                           exercising technical expertise
                              Distributed Systems                                                                          within the business sector.


             *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown                Ryan Kane, Student
              here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.



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Professor Pádraig Cunningham                                 ComputerScience@ucd.ie
UCD School of Computer Science                               +353 1 716 2483                                               www.ucd.ie/myucd/
                                                             facebook.com/UCDScience                                       computerscience                           13
                                                             twitter.com/ucdscience
Computer Science with Data Science
     CAO code: DN201


                                                  Sample pathway for a degree in Computer Science with Data Science                                            *
                                              YEAR
                                                 1                               ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
                                                 COMPUTER SCIENCE                                                             MATHEMATICS
                                                   Topics include:                                                             Topics include:

                                           4Algorithmic Problem-              4Formal Foundations                    4Matrix Algebra           4Two
                                            Solving                           4Computer Science                      4Foundations of            Elective
                                           4Computer Programming               in Practice                            Mathematics for Computer  modules
                                           4Introduction to                   4Software Engineering                   Science
                                            Computer Architecture              Project I
     n   Learn key skills to demonstrate      YEAR

         basic knowledge and                     2                                BROADEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE
         understanding of the                               COMPUTER SCIENCE WITH DATA SCIENCE – Topics include:

         fundamentals of data science      4Data Structures & Algorithms                          4Linear Algebra II                                      4Two
                                           4Introduction to Java                                  4Databases and Information Systems I                     Elective
                                           4Discrete Mathematics                                  4Digital Systems
     n
                                                                                                                                                           modules
                                                                                                  4Introduction to Operating Systems




     “
         Develop the technical depth        for Computer Science
         and the practical experience      4Software Engineering Project II                       4Introduction to Functional Programming
         that you will need to stand out      YEAR
         in an increasingly demanding            3                            FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT
         market-place                                       COMPUTER SCIENCE WITH DATA SCIENCE – Topics include:
                                           4Data Science in Python             4Introduction to Artificial            4Industry Internship       4Two
                                           4Introduction to Project             Intelligence                          4Information Visualisation  Elective
                                            Management                         4Graphs & Networks                     4Programming for Big Data   modules
     Technology has                        4Probability Theory                 4Data Science in Practice
     always fascinated                        YEAR
     me and I knew                               4                                  REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
     the field would                                               COMPUTER SCIENCE WITH DATA SCIENCE – Topics include:

                                           4Data Science Project                    4Parallel and Cluster Computing             4Linear Models
     offer many career options. I
     researched a lot of courses but       4Machine Learning                        4Text Analytics                             4Unix Programming
     DN201 stood out. I completed          4Cloud Computing                         4Human Language Technology                  4Networks and Internet Systems
     two software engineering              4Data Mining                             4Connectionist Computing                    4Information Theory
                                           4Collective Intelligence                 4Spatial Information Systems                4Inferential Statistics
                                           4Multi-Agent Systems                     4Information Security
     internships with Intel during the
     summers of first and second
     year, as well as a five month                                  BSc (Honours) Computer Science with Data Science
     data science Internship worth
                                                 MSc (Taught)                     Research                          Industry                  Conversion Courses
     15 credits in third year. The
     industry experience allows you        4MSc Computer                 Many graduates pursue            4Banking and Financial           4UCD Smurfit Business
     to apply your skills and having        Science (Negotiated          MSc and PhD studies as            Services                         School postgraduate
                                            Learning)                    well as postdoctoral             4Consultancy (e.g.                degrees, e.g.,
                                           4MSc Digital
     the chance to work in teams
                                                                         research in Ireland and           Accenture, Deloitte)             Master of
                                                                                                          4Internet companies
     with highly talented engineers is
                                            Investigation &              abroad in diverse areas                                            Management
     an incredibly challenging yet          Forensic Computing           such as:                          such as Google,
     rewarding experience. When I          4MSc Cognitive                                                  PayPal and Facebook




                                     ”
     graduate, I hope to work in            Science                      4Artificial Intelligence         4Established ICT
                                                                         4Software and Systems             companies such as
     technical project management,
                                                                          Engineering                      IBM, Microsoft and
     or similar software engineering                                     4Networks and                     Intel
     leadership roles.                                                    Distributed Systems             4ICT Startups

     Lily Burke, Student
                                                         *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
                                                          here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.



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     www.myucd.ie/cours                     Professor Pádraig Cunningham                                     ComputerScience@ucd.ie
                                            UCD School of Computer Science                                   +353 1 716 2483
14   es/science/computer-                                     Potential combinations shown here are examples    only and are not guaranteed by UCD.
                                                                                                             facebook.com/UCDScience
     science-data-science/                                                            Topics are subject to change each year.
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DN200
Science


The first year of the DN200 Science programme is designed to enable
you to sample a number of subjects in your chosen area. You can
focus on your preferred stream immediately or explore a range
of subjects. All DN200 Science students are guaranteed a
degree from within a stream of their choice.




                      1
 COMMON ENTRY:
 1 CAO Code, 26 different degrees

Did You Know?
Students have the option to become
                                                             TIME                             No Preference
                                                                                              Students who want
                                                           Time to change your mind
Science and Maths teachers at post-                                                           to sample a number
                                                                 in First Year
primary level through DN200 Science                                                           of degree options
via one of 4 Teaching Council approved
pathways.
                                                                  3
                                                               4 Year
                                                                                              from different
                                                                                              streams can choose
                                                               Honours BSc course             DN200 No Preference.


                                     Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: Is DN200 Science a General Science                         Q: Does common entry mean all students take
   degree?                                                        a common first year?

 A: No. The DN200 Science course is a Level 8 BSc              A: Common entry does not mean that all students take a
    Honours degree of four years. Students enter by a             common first year. The advantage of a common entry
    single route and graduate with a BSc Honours degree           course is that you can choose to specialise from first
    in one of 26 different subjects, for example, BSc             year or you can leave your options open. The number
    Theoretical Physics, BSc Mathematics, BSc Chemistry.          of compulsory modules in First Year for each stream
                                                                  has been kept low to allow you the option to try out
                                                                  other subjects that you may not be familiar with or to
                                                                  deepen your interest in the areas that you wish to
                                                                  pursue to degree level.                                  15
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
         CAO code: DN200 Option: Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (BBB)

                                                        Sample pathway for a degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology                                            *
                                                 YEAR
                                                                                      ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
                                                    1
                                                          BIOLOGY                             CHEMISTRY                           MATHEMATICS
                                                        Topics include:                      Topics include:                       Topics include:             4Two
                                                                                                                                                                Elective
                                              4Biology in Action                   4The Basis of Organic and              4Mathematics for the                  modules
                                              4Life on Earth                        Biological Chemistry                   Biological & Chemical               4One
                                              4Cell Biology & Genetics                                                     Sciences                             Small-
                                              4Biomedical Sciences                                                                                              Group
                                                                                                                                                                Project
         Blood cell preparation in the UCD       YEAR
         Conway Institute.
         Image by Naheda Alkazemi © UCD
                                                    2                                  CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS
                                                  BIOCHEMISTRY &                          MICROBIOLOGY                          PHARMACOLOGY
                                                 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY                         Topics include:                        Topics include:
         Develop practical skills in:               Topics include:
         n
                                              4Principles of Biochemistry          4Principles of Microbiology            4Biomedical Science                  4Two
             Protein and DNA isolation
             and analysis                     4Molecular Genetics and              4Research Methods for                   of Drugs                             Elective
         n   Molecular Biology techniques      Biotechnology                        Science                                                                     modules
                                              4Biomolecular




     “
             used in pharmaceutical and
                                               Laboratory Skills
             biotechnology                    4Metabolic and
         n   Clinical trials tests such as     Immune Systems
             immunoassays used in hospital    4Chemistry for Biologists
             laboratories                        YEAR
                                                                                   FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT
                                                    3
                                                                          BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY – Topics include:
                                              4Metabolism and Disease                                  4Regulation of Gene Expression                          4Two
                                              4Biochemist’s Toolkit                                    4Molecular Basis of Disease
     I entered through
                                                                                                                                                                Elective
                                              4Advanced Cell Biology                                   4Proteins and Enzymes
     DN200 No Preference
                                                                                                                                                                modules
                                              4Cell Signalling                                         4Genomics and Proteomics
     and in my first year had
     the opportunity to study Maths,
     Chemistry, Physics and Biology at           YEAR
     University level. After completing             4                                    REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
     modules in Biochemistry,                                             BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY – Topics include:
     Neuroscience, Physiology,
     Pharmacology and Genetics in             4Biochemistry Research Project             4Advanced Cell Signalling                  4Three optional modules on
                                              4Biochemistry Career Skills                4Biochemical Research Strategies            topics such as cancer, genetics,
                                              4Advanced Neurochemistry                   4Protein Structure & Analysis
     second year, I chose to specialise in
     Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.                                                                                               microbiology and pharmacology
     Biochemistry is at the core of all the
     biological sciences and provides an
                                                                           BSc (Honours) Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
     excellent foundation for a career in           MSc (Taught)                         PhD                            Industry                 Conversion Courses
     the field of biomolecular and
     biomedical sciences. During my           4MSc Biotechnology              4Students can pursue a           4Pharmaceutical                 4Professional Master of
     degree, I have delved into key           4MSc Biotechnology               PhD in universities in           Companies                       Education (PME)
                                               & Business                      Ireland or abroad in            4Food sector                    4Graduate Veterinary
                                              4MSc Molecular                                                   4Biotechnology sector
     components of Biochemistry such as




                                        ”
                                                                               areas as diverse as                                              Medicine
                                                                                                               4Chemical Industries            4Graduate Medicine
     metabolism, molecular basis of
                                               Medicine                        medical research,
     diseases, proteins and enzymes while
                                              4MSc Biological &                drug development                                                4Master of
     also being able to maintain my love       Biomolecular Science (NL)       and biomedical                                                   Management
     of Spanish and music through the         4MSc Biotherapeutics             science
     electives I have undertaken.             4MSc Biotherapeutics
                                               & Business
     Alison Howett, Student
                                                              *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
                                                               here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.


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                                              Dr Jana Haase                                                    jana.haase@ucd.ie
          www.ucd.ie/myucd/                   UCD School of Biomolecular and                                   +353 1 716 6754
16        bioandmolbio                        Biomedical Sciences                                              facebook.com/UCDScience
                                                                                                               twitter.com/ucdscience
Cell & Molecular Biology
CAO code: DN200 Option: Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (BBB)

                   Sample pathway for a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology                                        *
   YEAR
      1                                 ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
            BIOLOGY                             CHEMISTRY                           MATHEMATICS
                                                                                                                 4Two
          Topics include:                      Topics include:                       Topics include:

4Biology in Action                   4The Basis of Organic and              4Mathematics for the
                                                                                                                  Elective
4Life on Earth
                                                                                                                  modules
                                                                                                                 4One
                                      Biological Chemistry                   Biological & Chemical
4Cell Biology & Genetics                                                     Sciences
4Biomedical Sciences
                                                                                                                  Small-
                                                                                                                  Group
                                                                                                                  Project    Niamh Morgan studying mammalian
   YEAR                                                                                                                      cells under a fluorescence wide field
                                                                                                                             microscope.
      2                                     CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS
                                                                                                                             Image by Niall Hayes © UCD
        CELL &                              MICROBIOLOGY                              GENETICS

                                                                                                                             n
  MOLECULAR BIOLOGY                          Topics include:                         Topics include:
     Topics include:                                                                                                             Learn why healthy cells

                                                                                                                 4Two
                                                                                                                                 become cancerous, what
4Biological Systems                  4Metabolic and                         4Principles of Genetics
4Principles of Cell Biology                                                 4Molecular Genetics                   Elective       happens at a cellular level in
                                      Immune Systems
4Principles of Genetics              4Principles of Microbiology             and Biotechnology                    modules        diseases and the basic
4Chemistry for Biologists                                                                                                        concept of genetics
4Biomolecular                                                                                                                n   Develop practical skills in
 Laboratory Skills
                                                                                                                                 microscopy, cellular assays
                                                                                                                                 and diagnostic techniques
                                                                                                                                 used in industry, hospitals and




                                                                                                                             “
   YEAR
      3                              FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT                                                                research labs
                                  CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY – Topics include:
4Advanced Cell Biology               4Regulation of Gene                    4Molecular Basis of Disease          4Two
4Research Methods in                  Expression                            4Working with Biological              Elective
 Cell Biology                        4Developmental Biology                  Data                                 modules
4Genetics                            4Plant Cell Growth
                                      and Signalling
   YEAR
      4                                    REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE                                                             Upon completion of my Cell
                                  CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY – Topics include:                                                 and Molecular Biology

4Cell Biology Research Project            4Cell Signalling                            4Human Genetics & Disease
                                                                                                                             degree, I pursued a Masters in
4Membrane Trafficking                     4Epithelial Transport                       4Cell Biology of Cancer                Management at University
4Programmed Cell Death                    4Biological Imaging                         4Cell Biology of Ageing                College London, with the
                                                                                                                             intention to combine both to
                                   BSc (Honours) Cell & Molecular Biology                                                    eventually manage a venture
                                                                                                                             capital trust with a
      MSc (Taught)                          PhD                           Industry                 Conversion Courses
                                                                                                                             pharmaceutical focus. My
4MSc Biological &              4Students can pursue a            4Pharmaceutical and             4Professional Master of     degree has given me the
 Biomolecular Science           PhD in universities in            Biotechnology                   Education (PME)            necessary skills to carefully
 (NL)                           Ireland or abroad in              companies                      4Graduate Veterinary




                                                                                                                                                            ”
4MSc Molecular                                                   4Semi-State bodies
                                                                                                                             interpret and assess existing
                                areas as diverse as cell                                          Medicine
  Medicine                      & molecular biology,              such as BIM, Teagasc           4Graduate Medicine          literature, problem solve,
4MSc Biotechnology              biochemistry,                    4Hospital laboratories          4Master of                  critically evaluate, and
4MSc Biotechnology              genetics, systems                4Genetic Counselling             Management                 manage my time effectively.
 & Business                     biology and                      4Forensic Science
4MSc Plant Biology              biomolecular science
                                                                                                                             Paula Burke, Graduate
 & Biotechnology
                *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
                 here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.


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 Professor Jeremy Simpson                                        jeremy.simpson@ucd.ie
 UCD School of Biology and Environmental                         +353 1 716 2345                                             www.ucd.ie/myucd/cell
 Science                                                         facebook.com/UCDScience                                     andmolecularbiology                     17
                                                                 twitter.com/ucdscience
Environmental Biology
     CAO code: DN200 Option: Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (BBB)

                                                                Sample pathway for a degree in Environmental Biology                                           *
                                                  YEAR
                                                     1                                 ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
                                                           BIOLOGY                             CHEMISTRY                           MATHEMATICS                     4Two
                                                         Topics include:                      Topics include:                       Topics include:                 Elective
                                                                                                                                                                    modules
                                               4Biology in Action                   4The Basis of Organic and             4Mathematics for the                     4One
                                               4Life on Earth                        Biological Chemistry                  Biological & Chemical                    Small-
                                               4Cell Biology & Genetics                                                    Sciences                                 Group
                                               4Biomedical Sciences                                                                                                 Project
                                                  YEAR
     Rare Festoon butterfly taken on a third
     year field trip to Spain.
                                                     2                                     CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS
     Image by Professor Tasman Crowe           ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY                           ZOOLOGY                            PLANT BIOLOGY
     © UCD                                           Topics include:                          Topics include:                       Topics include:
                                               4Principles of Environmental         4Principles of Zoology                4Principles of Plant Biology             4Two
     n   Learn how environmental                Biology and Ecology                 4Animal Behaviour                      and Biotechnology                        Elective
                                               4Biological Systems                  4Molecular Genetics and                                                         modules
                                               4Evolutionary Biology
         biology is central to our
                                                                                     Biotechnology
         ability to understand and             4Microbial Interactions
         manage the world’s                    4Global Environmental
                                                Change
                                               4Forests, Climate and Carbon
         environmental problems
     n   Develop practical skills in           4Applied Plant Biology
         field-based sampling of
                                                  YEAR
         plants and animals in their                 3                             FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT
         natural environments in                                           ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY – Topics include:




     “
         Ireland, Spain and Costa Rica         4Systems Ecology                        4Diversity of Plant Form & Function                                         4Two
                                               4Biogeography and Field Biology         4Ecology & Environmental Microbiology                                        Elective
                                               4Diversity of Vertebrates               4Wildlife and Fisheries Management                                           modules
                                                  YEAR
                                                     4                                    REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
                                                                                  ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY – Topics include:
                                               4Environmental Biology Research Project 4Insect-Plant Interactions     4Tropical Field Ecology
                                               4Marine Community Ecology               4Ecological Modelling and QGIS 4Environmental Impact Assessment
     Science at UCD was my top                 4Bioassessment of Freshwaters           4Biodiversity                  4Peatlands and Environmental
     choice. I knew then that I was            4Biological Invasions                   4Foodborne Pathogens            Change
     interested in biology,
                                                                                   BSc (Honours) Environmental Biology
     chemistry and environmental
                                                     MSc (Taught)                          PhD                           Industry                 Conversion Courses
     science. After graduating with
     a BSc in Environmental                    4MSc Applied                   4Students can pursue a            4National Parks and             4Professional Master of
     Biology from UCD, I obtained               Environmental                  PhD in universities in            Wildlife Services               Education (PME)
                                                Science                        Ireland or abroad in             4Environmental                  4Graduate Veterinary
                                               4MSc World Heritage
     a PhD position in the
                                                                               areas such as ecology,            Management                      Medicine
                                                                                                                                                4Graduate Medicine
     Department of Microbiology
                                                Management                     microbiology,                     with State agencies,
     at Cornell University, USA.               4MSc Plant Biology              fisheries,                        companies or                   4Master of
     Currently I am working on my               & Biotechnology                conservation biology,             consultancies                   Management
                                                                                                                4Semi-State bodies such




                                     ”
     thesis, which focuses on the                                              environmental
                                                                               management and                    as the EPA and BIM
     molecular interactions
                                                                               global change                     and NGOs such as An
     between fungi and bacteria.                                                                                 Taisce
                                                                                                                4Conservation
     Olga Lastovetsky, Graduate                                                                                  Organisations
                                                                                                                4Agriculture and
                                                                                                                 Aquaculture
                                                              *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
                                                               here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.


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                                               Associate Professor Tom Wilkinson                                tom.wilkinson@ucd.ie
     www.ucd.ie/myucd/                         UCD School of Biology and Environmental                          +353 1 716 2264
18   environmentalbiology                      Science                                                          facebook.com/UCDScience
                                                                                                                twitter.com/ucdscience
Genetics
CAO code: DN200 Option: Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (BBB)


                            Sample pathway for a degree in Genetics                              *
   YEAR
      1                                 ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
            BIOLOGY                                                                 MATHEMATICS
          Topics include:                       CHEMISTRY                            Topics include:             4Two
                                               Topics include:
4Biology in Action                                                         4Mathematics for the
                                                                                                                  Elective
4Life on Earth                       4The Basis of Organic and
                                                                                                                  modules
                                                                                                                 4One
                                                                            Biological & Chemical
4Cell Biology & Genetics              Biological Chemistry                  Sciences
4Biomedical Sciences
                                                                                                                  Small-
                                                                                                                  Group
                                                                                                                  Project
                                                                                                                             These are transgenic zebrafish larvae
   YEAR                                                                                                                      (5 days old, 3mm long) that express
      2                                     CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS                                                             green fluorescent protein in all their
                                                                                                                             blood vessels. The zebrafish is our
           GENETICS                         MICROBIOLOGY                              ZOOLOGY                                animal model to study retinal
          Topics include:                    Topics include:                         Topics include:                         development and disease.
                                                                                                                             Image by Dr Yolanda Alvarez © UCD
4Chemistry for Biologists            4Principles of Microbiology:          4Biological Systems                   4Two
4Molecular Genetics and               Medicine, Environment and            4Principles of Zoology                 Elective   n   Explore molecular genetics




                                                                                                                             “
 Biotechnology                        Biotechnology                        4Animal Behaviour                      modules        and molecular biology, which
4Principles of Genetics                                                    4Evolutionary Biology                                 are core components of
4Metabolic and Immune                                                                                                            modern biology and
 Systems
4Biomolecular Laboratory
                                                                                                                                 medicine, and form the basis
                                                                                                                                 of biotechnology
 Skills
   YEAR                                                                                                                               One of the
      3                              FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT
                                                                                                                                      things I
                                              GENETICS – Topics include:                                                              loved
4Regulation of Gene Expression                           4Animal Development                                     4Two
                                                                                                                             about the DN200
4Bioinformatics                                          4Genomics & Proteomics
                                                                                                                             course is the huge
                                                                                                                  Elective
4Genome Structure                                        4Genetic Basis of Disease
                                                                                                                             amount of
                                                                                                                  modules
4Genetics                                                4Evolutionary Biology
                                                                                                                             flexibility. The course structure
                                                                                                                             meant that I actually got to
   YEAR                                                                                                                      experience each subject area
      4                                    REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE                                                             early on, allowing me to make
                                                                                                                             informed decisions on my area
                                              GENETICS – Topics include:
                                                                                                                             of interest as the course
4Genetics Research Project                4Gene Regulation                            4Model Organism Genetics               progressed. Genetics is a field at
4Genetics Disease & Behaviour             4Systems Microbiology                                                              the forefront of modern
                                                                                                                             biological research, looking at
                                                                                                                             everything from the inheritance
                                              BSc (Honours) Genetics                                                         of traits, to the genetic basis of
                                                                                                                             disease, to unravelling the
      MSc (Taught)                          PhD                           Industry                 Conversion Courses        evolutionary history of modern
                                                                                                                             organisms. A BSc in Genetics
4MSc Biotechnology             4Students can pursue a            4Biotechnology,                 4Professional Master of     opens a huge number of doors
4MSc Biotechnology              PhD in universities in            pharmaceutical, and             Education (PME)            across not just the Science
 & Business                     Ireland or abroad in              genomics companies             4Graduate Veterinary        sector but also a variety of
4MSc Plant Biology              areas as diverse as              4Hospital labs                   Medicine                   business areas. I am now




                                                                                                                                                           ”
 & Biotechnology                biotechnology, cell              4Forensic Science labs          4Graduate Medicine          completing a PhD at the
4MSc Biotherapeutics            biology, biomedical              4Agribiotech and                4Master of                  European Molecular Biological
4MSc Biological &               and health science                horticulture                    Management                 Laboratory in Germany using
 Biomolecular Science           and bioinformatics                                                                           Structural Genetics to study the
 (NL)                                                                                                                        effect of ageing on human
4MSc Biotherapeutics                                                                                                         blood stem cells.
 & Business
                                                                                                                             Karen Grimes, Graduate
                *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
                 here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.


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 Professor Geraldine Butler                                      gbutler@ucd.ie
 UCD School of Biomolecular and                                  +353 1 716 6885                                             www.ucd.ie/myucd/
 Biomedical Science                                              facebook.com/UCDScience                                     genetics                                 19
                                                                 twitter.com/ucdscience
Microbiology
     CAO code: DN200 Option: Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (BBB)

                                                                            Sample pathway for a degree in Microbology                               *
                                                  YEAR
                                                     1                                  ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
                                                            BIOLOGY                             CHEMISTRY                           MATHEMATICS

                                                                                                                                                                4Two
                                                          Topics include:                      Topics include:                       Topics include:

                                               4Biology in Action                    4The Basis of Organic and             4Mathematics for the                  Elective
                                               4Life on Earth                         Biological Chemistry                  Biological & Chemical                modules
                                               4Cell Biology & Genetics                                                     Sciences                            4One
                                               4Biomedical Sciences                                                                                              Small-
                                                                                                                                                                 Group
                                                                                                                                                                 Project
     Emma Cullen in a Microbiology practical      YEAR
     in the new UCD O’Brien Centre for
     Science.
                                                     2                                      CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS
                                                         MICROBIOLOGY                         CELL &                                  GENETICS
                                                          Topics include:                MOLECULAR BIOLOGY                           Topics include:
     n
                                                                                           Topics include:
         Learn about microbes that
         cause diseases, clean up              4Chemistry for Biologists             4Biological Systems                   4Principles of Genetics              4Two
         environmental spills and              4Molecular Genetics and               4Principles of Cell and                                                     Elective
                                                Biotechnology                         Molecular Biology                                                          modules
                                               4Biomolecular Laboratory Skills
         produce antibiotics
     n   Understand how we engineer            4Metabolic and Immune




     “
         fungi and bacteria to                  Systems
         produce a vast array of               4Principles of Microbiology:
                                                Medicine, Environment
         compounds, ranging from                and Biotechnology
         antibiotics and hormones to
                                                  YEAR
         washing powder                                                             FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT
                                                     3
                                                                                          MICROBIOLOGY – Topics include:
                                               4Regulation of Gene Expression                            4Microbial Physiology                                  4Two
     I found DN200                             4Microbial Cell Factory                                   4Medical Microbiology                                   Elective
     Science fantastic                         4Applied Microbiology                                     4Skills in Microbiology                                 modules
     because I could                           4Microbial Diversity & Growth                             4Ecology & Environmental Microbiology
     try out all the
                                                  YEAR
     subjects I liked                                                                      REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
     before choosing my major. I
                                                     4
     found that I adored                                                                  MICROBIOLOGY – Topics include:
     Microbiology. I am fascinated             4Microbiology Research                     4Systems Microbiology                        & Protein Engineering
     by how microorganisms can be               Project/Internship                        4Foodborne Pathogens                        4Bioprocessing
     manipulated to make such a                4Ecological & Environmental                4Microbial Pathogenicity                    4Natural Product Synthesis
     wide assortment of valuable                Microbiology                              4Enzyme Technology                          4Host Defense Mech. In Health
     products – from antibiotics and
     crucial hormones like insulin to                                                      BSc (Honours) Microbiology
     bioplastics and biofuels. I love
                                                     MSc (Taught)                           PhD                           Industry                 Conversion Courses
     seeing how what I’ve learned all
                                               4MSc Biotechnology              4Students can pursue a            4Pharmaceutical                 4Professional Master of
     these years is applied in real life
                                               4MSc Biotechnology
     in industry. Through my course
                                                                                PhD in universities in            Companies                       Education (PME)
                                                                                                                 4Food and food-                 4Graduate Veterinary
     and extracurricular activities,
                                                & Business                      Ireland or abroad in
                                               4MSc Environmental
     UCD has helped me to figure




                                    ”
                                                                                areas as diverse as               related companies               Medicine
     out what I want to do with my              Management                      Biotechnology,                   4(Veterinary) Hospitals         4Graduate Medicine
     career, and when I graduate I             4MSc Regulatory                  Environmental                     and related                    4Medical Scientist
     hope to do a Masters in                    Affairs & Toxicology            Biology,                          laboratories
     Biotherapeutics and Business.             4MSc Plant Biology               Medical and                      4Government agencies
     Caoimhe Cullen, Student                    & Biotechnology                 Veterinary                        including the EPA and
                                               4MSc Biotherapeutics             Sciences                          county councils
                                                               *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
                                                                here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.


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                                               Dr Tadhg Ó Cróinín                                                microbiology@ucd.ie
     www.ucd.ie/myucd/                         UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical                         +353 1 716 6661
20   microbiology                              Science                                                           facebook.com/UCDScience
                                                                                                                 twitter.com/ucdscience
Neuroscience
CAO code: DN200 Option: Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (BBB)


                        Sample pathway for a degree in Neuroscience                                 *
  YEAR
      1                                ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
        BIOLOGY                       CHEMISTRY                     MATHEMATICS
      Topics include:                Topics include:                 Topics include:

4Biology in Action            4The Basis of Organic            4Mathematics for the             4Two Elective modules
4Life on Earth                 and Biological                   Biological & Chemical           4One Small-Group
4Cell Biology &                Chemistry                        Sciences                         Project
 Genetics
4Biomedical Sciences
                                                                                                                            Examining embryos at different
  YEAR                                                                                                                      stages of development.
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  NEUROSCIENCE                BIOCHEMISTRY               PHARMACOLOGY                     GENETICS
   Topics include:            & MOLECULAR                  Topics include:               Topics include:
                                 BIOLOGY                                                                                    n
4Chemistry for                                         4Biomedical Science          4Principles of
                                                                                                                                Learn how to employ state-
                               Topics include:                                                                  4Two
  Biologists                                            of Drugs                     Genetics                                   of-the-art techniques to
                                                                                                                 Elective
4Molecular Genetics       4Principles of                                                                         modules        study the nervous system at
  and Biotechnology        Biochemistry                                                                                         the molecular, cellular and
4Biomolecular
                                                                                                                                behavioural levels
 Laboratory Skills
4Metabolic and
 Immune Systems
4Principles of
  Neuroscience




                                                                                                                            “
  YEAR
      3                             FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT
                                          NEUROSCIENCE – Topics include:
4Cell Signalling                                        4Biostatistics                                          4Two
4Drugs used in CNS diseases                             4Sensory Neuroscience                                    Elective
4Nervous System Development                             4Genetic Basis of Disease                                modules
4Membrane Biology                                       4Higher Cortical Function

  YEAR
      4                                   REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE                                                             I discovered that I
                                          NEUROSCIENCE – Topics include:                                                    was fascinated by
4Neuroscience Research Project           4Advanced Neuropharmacology                 4Genetics of Disease & Behaviour       the brain and
4Synaptic Plasticity                     4Advanced Neurochemistry                    4Synaptic Signalling                   nervous system,
4Advanced Topics in                      4Molecular Neuroimmunology                  4Emerging Therapies                    so I chose Neuroscience as my
 Neural Development
                                                                                                                            final degree subject. My course
                                          BSc (Honours) Neuroscience                                                        offers a combination of
      MSc (Taught)                         PhD                           Industry                 Conversion Courses        practical and theoretical
                                                                                                                            studies, ranging from lectures
4MSc Biotechnology            4Students can pursue             4Biotechnology                   4Professional Master of     on the ground-breaking
4MSc Biotechnology             a PhD in universities            companies                        Education (PME)
                                                               4Hospital laboratories           4Graduate Veterinary
                                                                                                                            research taking place in
 & Business                    in Ireland or abroad
4MSc Biotherapeutics                                           4Forensic Science




                                                                                                                                                        ”
                               in Neuroscience or in                                             Medicine                   neurodegenerative disease, to
4MSc Biotherapeutics           areas as diverse as              laboratories                    4Graduate Medicine          monitoring my own brain
 & Business                    biotechnology, cell             4Pharmaceutical                  4Master of                  waves via an
                               biology, biomedical              companies                        Management                 electroencephalogram in the
                               and health science.
                                                                                                                            lab.


                                                                                                                            Katie O’Byrne, Student
               *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
                here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.


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 Professor Michael Scott                                       michael.scott@ucd.ie
 UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical                     +353 1 716 6925                                              www.ucd.ie/myucd/
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Pharmacology
     CAO code: DN200 Option: Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (BBB)

                                                                        Sample pathway for a degree in Pharmacology
                                                                                                                                                      *
                                                  YEAR
                                                      1                                 ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
                                                            BIOLOGY                             CHEMISTRY                           MATHEMATICS
                                                          Topics include:                      Topics include:                       Topics include:
                                                                                                                                                                4Two
                                                4Biology in Action                   4The Basis of Organic and             4Mathematics for the                  Elective
                                                4Life on Earth                        Biological Chemistry                  Biological & Chemical                modules
                                                4Cell Biology & Genetics                                                    Sciences                            4One
                                                4Biomedical Sciences                                                                                             Small-
                                                                                                                                                                 Group
     The process of cell changes called                                                                                                                          Project
     EMT (epithelial mesenchymal                  YEAR
     transdifferentiation) that occur when
     kidney epithelial cells are treated with
                                                      2                                     CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS
     drugs. Image by Tara McMorrow and                PHARMACOLOGY                            PHYSIOLOGY                           MICROBIOLOGY
     Eric Campbell © UCD                                Topics include:                       Topics include:                       Topics include:

                                                4Chemistry for Biologists            4Introduction to Physiology           4Principles of Microbiology:         4Two
     n   Study how drugs work at a              4Molecular Genetics and              4Organs and Systems                    Medicine, Environment                Elective
         molecular level, what the               Biotechnology                        Physiology                            and Biotechnology                    modules
         body does to drugs and the             4Metabolic and Immune
                                                 Systems
                                                4Biomolecular Laboratory
         effects of drugs on the
         different body systems                  Skills
     n   Understand the actions of              4Pharmacology: Biomedical
                                                 Science of Drugs
         drugs used in the




     “
         cardiovascular, respiratory,             YEAR
                                                      3                             FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT
         renal, endocrine and central
         nervous systems                                                                 PHARMACOLOGY – Topics include:
                                                4Cell Signalling                                         4Drugs used in CNS diseases                            4Two
                                                4Biostatistics                                           4Advanced CNS Pharmacology                              Elective
                                                4Drug action in body systems                             4Toxicology                                             modules
              My keen                           4Chemotherapeutic agents                                 4Molecular Pharmacology
              interest in                         YEAR
     biomedical                                       4                                    REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
     science and                                                                         PHARMACOLOGY – Topics include:
     healthcare led me                          4Pharmacology Research Project            4Finding new Pharmaceuticals                4Gene Regulation
     to choose                                  4Advanced Neuropharmacology               4Adv. Pharmacology of Cancer                4Drug Discovery &
     Pharmacology at UCD. I                     4Adv. Cardiovascular                      4Emerging Therapies                          Development
     acquired a strong scientific                Pharmacology                             4Advanced Renal Pharmacology
     background during my degree,
                                                                                          BSc (Honours) Pharmacology
     which facilitated a smooth
     transition into my postgraduate                  MSc (Taught)                          PhD                           Industry                 Conversion Courses
     studies in my MSc                          4MSc Biotechnology             4Students can pursue a            4Pharmaceutical                 4Professional Master of
     Biotechnology & Business                   4MSc Biotechnology              PhD in universities in            Companies                       Education (PME)
                                                                                                                 4Drug regulatory                4Graduate Veterinary




                                     ”
     (UCD). I obtained an internship             & Business                     Ireland or abroad
                                                4MSc Biotherapeutics            in areas as diverse               bodies such as the              Medicine
                                                4MSc Regulatory                                                                                  4Graduate Medicine
     in a life science venture capital
                                                                                as drug development               Irish Medicines Board
                                                                                                                 4Biotechnology sector           4Master of
     firm upon graduating from my
                                                 Affairs & Toxicology           and biomedical
     MSc and was subsequently                                                   science                          4Chemical safety and             Management
     made permanent.                                                                                              toxicology
     Jennifer McKeever, Graduate

                                                               *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
                                                                here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.


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                                                Associate Professor John Crean                                   john.crean@ucd.ie
     www.ucd.ie/myucd/                          UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical                        +353 1 716 6747
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Physiology
CAO code: DN200 Option: Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (BBB)

                            Sample pathway for a degree in Physiology                              *
   YEAR
      1                                 ENGAGE WITH THE PRINCIPLES
            BIOLOGY                             CHEMISTRY                           MATHEMATICS
          Topics include:                      Topics include:                       Topics include:
                                                                                                                 4Two
4Biology in Action                   4The Basis of Organic and              4Mathematics for the                  Elective
4Diversity of Life                    Biological Chemistry                   Biological & Chemical                modules
4Cell Biology & Genetics                                                     Sciences                            4One
4Biomedical Sciences                                                                                              Small-
                                                                                                                  Group
                                                                                                                  Project    Physiology students working on an
   YEAR                                                                                                                      experiment in the Conway institute.
      2                                     CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS                                                             Image by Niall Hayes © UCD

          PHYSIOLOGY                         NEUROSCIENCE                          MICROBIOLOGY
          Topics include:                     Topics include:                       Topics include:

4Chemistry for Biologists            4Principles of Neuroscience            4Principles of Microbiology:         4Two
4Molecular Genetics                                                          Medicine, Environment                Elective   n   Understand normal and
 and Biotechnology                                                           and Biotechnology                    modules        abnormal processes within
4Biomolecular Laboratory                                                                                                         the body in health and
 Skills
4Introduction to Physiology
                                                                                                                                 disease
4Organs and Systems                                                                                                          n   Explore various body organs
 Physiology                                                                                                                      and their functions as well as
4Metabolic and
                                                                                                                                 an understanding of the
 Immune systems
4Neurophysiology




                                                                                                                             “
                                                                                                                                 structure and function of key
                                                                                                                                 biomolecules
   YEAR
      3                              FOCUS ON YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT
                                            PHYSIOLOGY – Topics include:
4Cardiovascular System                                   4Digestion, Absorption and Excretion
                                                                                                                 4Two
4Biostatistics                                           4Membrane Biology
4Experimental Physiology                                 4Higher Cortical Function
                                                                                                                  Elective
4Endocrine/Reproductive Physiology                       4Respiratory Physiology
                                                                                                                  modules
                                                                                                                             I completed a
   YEAR
                                           REFINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE                                                             summer project,
      4                                                                                                                      which involved
                                            PHYSIOLOGY – Topics include:
                                                                                                                             learning essential
4Physiology Research Project              4Haemostasis and Thrombosis                 4The Physiology of Disease             lab skills and gaining
4Lung Function Under Stress               4Adaptation to Hypoxia                      4Fundamentals of
4Control of Vascular Resistance           4Physiological Genomics
                                                                                                                             experience in a laboratory
                                                                                       Physiological Research
                                                                                                                             setting by looking for a new
                                            BSc (Honours) Physiology                                                         experimental technique to
            MSc                             PhD                           Industry                 Conversion Courses        identify changes to lung




                                                                                                                                                          ”
                                                                                                                             structure in an animal model of
4Students can pursue a         4Students can pursue a            4Pharmaceutical                 4Professional Master of     lung disease. The biggest
 Taught Masters or              PhD in universities in            Research (Laboratory)           Education (PME)
                                                                 4Clinical Research              4Graduate Entry
                                                                                                                             benefit of completing the
 Research Masters in            Ireland or abroad in
 universities in Ireland        any physiological                 Associate                       Veterinary Medicine        summer project was gaining
 or abroad in any               discipline or a diverse          4Pharmaceutical                 4Graduate Entry             essential lab experience, which
 physiological discipline       range of medical or               Industry Sales                  Medicine                   has now developed my
 or a diverse range of          other biological areas                                           4Graduate Entry             enthusiasm for research.
 medical or other                                                                                 Physiotherapy
                                                                                                                             Stephen Murphy,
 biological areas
                                                                                                                             Student
                *See pages 4 and 5 for information on the terminology used above. Potential combinations shown
                 here are examples only and are not guaranteed by UCD. Topics are subject to change each year.


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 Dr Katherine Howell                                             katherine.howell@ucd.ie
 UCD School of Medicine                                          +353 1 716 6730                                             www.ucd.ie/myucd/
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