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Course Code:
TR071
Title:
Science
College:
TCD
Qualification:
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
Duration:
4 Years

 

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Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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For the first two years, students learn the fundamental sciences. They then select one of sixteen specialist areas to study for the final two years.

2 HC, required from any of Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Geography, Maths, Applied Maths, Biology, or Agricultural Science



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Wide range of careers in research and product development, quality control, technical management, marketing, distribution management in pharmaceutical, chemical and the food industry.

 

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CAO Points 
2013 Points

505*

Change from 2012: 

-5

History:

2012 - 510
2011 - 475*
2010 - 460*
2009 - 440*
2008 - 415
2007 - 435
2006 - 415*
2005 - 440*
2004 - 445*
2003 - 425
2002 - 385
2001 - 400
2000 - 395

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Fiona Coyle is responsible for designing and formulating inks for various projects within HP.  She is a Technical Lead to a group of Ink Chemists and Technicians. After finishing her Leaving Certificate, she went to Trinity College and did Natural Science studying Maths, Physics and Chemistry and specialising in Science of Materials for her degree. She then continued with a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics in the Physics Dept at Trinity.
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Essential Module Requirements:

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include:

  • C20139 or 5N1833

    Plus three of the following modules:
  • C20006 or 5N2746 or C20041 or 5N0737
  • C20011 or 5N2747 or C20022 or 5N2748
  • C20033 or 5N2751
  • C20048 or 5N1460
In addition students must have taken and passed G20001 or 5N0690.


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