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Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at CIT offers school-leavers a flexible and attractive career path in the area of science that is most relevant to the pillar industry of the Irish economy, the pharmaceutical and chemical sector. The Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (CR007, 3 years) and the Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance (CR340, 4 years) are well-established degree qualifications of long standing that have provided many of the graduates required by the pharmachem sector. Major emphasis is placed on practical chemistry, with courses delivered in modern, well-designed laboratories using state of the art equipment.

In recent years, the Department of Chemistry has developed the BSc Physical Sciences Common Entry options (Level 7 CR300, Level 8 CR305). These are intended to facilitate students who wish to commence a chemistry or physics degree programme, but are initially undecided on the discipline that they wish to follow. Semester 1 (September–December of the first year) of both Common Entry options provides a general introduction to third-level science, with modules of chemistry, physics, mathematics, computing, and biology. At the end of semester 1, Level 7 BSc Physical Sciences Common Entry students then decide to follow one of the following Level 7 degree options:

  • BSc in Applied Physics and Instrumentation
  • BSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

while Level 8 BSc Physical Sciences Common Entry students select one of the following level 8 degree options:

  • BSc (Hons) in Instrument Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance

Common Entry students then join their chosen class group for semester 2 and thereafter.

The Department offers postgraduate research programmes in analytical chemistry to master and doctoral levels, with awards of MSc and PhD in Chemistry; it has an excellent record of attracting external funding for its research projects, and its published work regularly appears in high-impact international peer-reviewed journals. The primary research area is development of advanced analytical methods for isolation, separation and quantitation of food contaminants and toxins, with particular emphasis on high resolution mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography techniques.

The Department also operates a number of generic evening courses in quality assurance and quality management. The CIT Certificate in Quality Assurance (Special Purpose Award) provides an introduction to the area of quality assurance, while the Diploma in Quality Management (Parts 1 and 2) are professional qualifications awarded by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association.

The contact details for the department are:

Department Secretary
Mary Phelan
T: +353-(0)21-433 5870
E: mary.phelan@cit.ie