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What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is a creative science that is used to develop everything from new materials for superconductors and new batteries, to new drug molecules for the pharmaceutical industry. Without it, many modern science disciplines, such as materials science, molecular biology and environmental science, would not be possible.

Is this the right course for you?

If you are strong in Science, if you enjoy laboratory experiments and want to work in industry or research after university, and if you are innovative, creative and logical then you will be well suited to this course.

Why study Chemistry at Trinity?

The School of Chemistry at Trinity is ranked number 1 in Ireland and in the top 100 worldwide (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). Our Chemistry degree is designed to provide you with the practical and analytical skills needed for a career in research and industry. Many of the School’s academic staff carry out research at the cutting edge of their fields in areas as diverse as nanoscience, energy and drug design. In 4th year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a significant research project either in the School or abroad at one of the many third-level/research institutes with which the School has agreements.

What will you study?

Following foundation- and core-level modules in 1st and 2nd year in a number of science subjects (physics or biology) along with chemistry and mathematics, you will expand your knowledge of chemistry in 3rd and 4th year, taking more advanced modules in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. In 4th year, you will carry out an extensive research project in the first semester, either in one of the research labs in Trinity or abroad. Graduates often cite this as the most memorable and rewarding part of their undergraduate degree. You will have the opportunity to study the fundamentals of modern chemistry, whilst developing your interests in specific topics such as bio-inorganic/organic chemistry, solid-state materials, interfacial and environmental chemistry.

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Study abroad

The School of Chemistry has exchange agreements with a large number of universities and research institutes where students may carry out their final-year research projects, in places such as Vienna, Berlin, Bologna, Toulouse, and Utrecht, North America and Australia. A limited number of places are available in China. The areas of research are wide-ranging, including cancer chemotherapy and DNA chemistry, device fabrication and materials processing, homogeneous catalysis, supramolecular chemistry and computational chemistry. Between 3rd and 4th year, some students also take a year-long internship in a pharmaceutical company to enhance their knowledge of chemistry and their practical skills.


A chemistry degree combines specialist practical training with analytical, problem-solving and presentation skills and is excellent preparation for graduates considering a diverse range of career paths. Trinity’s chemistry graduates are highly sought after by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and graduates have worked in companies such as Henkel, Pfizer, Glaxo-Smith-Kline and Bristol Meyers Squib. Patent offices, government advisory and information services, libraries, public analytical laboratories, schools and third-level institutes also employ our chemists. Our graduates can also pursue postgraduate degrees either in the School of Chemistry or in other world-class research institutes.

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Student Profile

Shelley Stafford

When applying for university, Trinity was an easy choice for me, with an international reputation for excellence, and researchers at the cutting edge of their fields – there was just no competition! Trinity’s Science course provides the opportunity to study a number of subjects without fully committing to one from the start. If it weren’t for the generality of the Science degree, I would have ended up with a course that just wasn’t right for me. Specialising in Chemistry has shown me how diverse and creative science really is. Chemistry provides the perfect viewpoint from which to understand the world around us.

Graduate Profile

Dr. Serena Corr
Ph.D, School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin

Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Materials Research Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara

I began my Ph.D in 2002, after completing my undergraduate degree in Chemistry in Trinity College. As part of the final year degree programme in Chemistry, I carried out a 3 month research project under the supervision of Professor Yurii Gun'ko and I was delighted to begin a Ph.D as part of his research group. My research focused on the preparation, functionalisation and characterisation of magnetic nanoparticles for potential biomedical applications. I loved my time at Trinity College and doing a Ph.D at the School of Chemistry was one of my best experiences. I had the opportunity to carry out an exciting research project and to contribute to a fascinating field of materials chemistry. Not only did I get to work in a great research group, but I got the chance to collaborate with other groups in the School of Chemistry, Physics, Clinical Medicine and Neuroscience. As part of my experience as a Ph.D student, I travelled to conferences and meetings around the world to present some of our results. It was through one conference in Japan that I was offered a postdoctoral position at the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I am currently carrying out research on metal oxide nanowires. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a postgraduate in Trinity and my experience there has really helped me in my current position.