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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Science (General Entry)

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This General Science Programme is ideal if you are not yet sure which Science discipline you wish to pursue and you are looking for a broad education in first year that will allow the maximum possible choice in future years.

In Year One students will study Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Nutrition.

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The programme is designed to give participants a broad science education in first year that will allow the maximum possible choice in future years. After successful completion of year 1 of Science (General Entry), students can then transfer into Year 2 of one of the 9 participating Level 8 Programmes in DIT. The programmes that the student can transfer into are:

1. DT203 BSc (Hons) Forensic & Environmental Chemistry

2. DT221 BSc (Hons) Physics with Energy and Environment†

3. DT222 BSc (Hons) Physics Technology

4. DT227 BSc (Hons) Science with Nanotechnology*

5. DT235 BSc (Hons) Physics with Medical Physics & Bioengineering

6. DT299T BSc (Hons) Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry

7. DT422 BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Healthcare

8. DT420 BSc (Hons) Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition


9. DT421 BSc (Hons) Food Innovation.

For details on the programme and the opportunities it may lead to contact our admissions team, on (01) 402 3445 or email to request an application form.


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DT201 - Science (General Entry)

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DT201 - Science (General Entry)
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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5 Distinctions which must include C20139 or 5N1833 or LCE Maths at OB3

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Students can apply to enrol into stage 2 of the following 10 participating BSc (Hons) programmes:

  • DT203 BSc (Hons) Forensic & Environmental Chemistry
  • DT206 BSc (Hons) Biomedical and Molecular Diagnostics
  • DT221 BSc (Hons) Physics with Energy and Environment
  • DT222 BSc (Hons) Physics Technology DT227 BSc (Hons) Science with Nanotechnology
  • DT235 BSc (Hons) Physics with Medical Physics & Bioengineering
  • DT299 BSc (Hons) Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry
  • DT420 BSc (Hons) Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition
  • DT421 BSc (Hons) Food Innovation
  • DT422 BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Healthcare
Students will not under any circumstances transfer into the second year of: DT204, DT205, DT211, DT220, DT223, DT224, DT225, DT228, DT229, DT255, DT282, DT405 or DT491.

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