Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: July 1
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: €50
Intakes: September
International tuition: €25,600
Domestic tuition: €7,574

Program overview

If you have a fascination with natural phenomena and find yourself constantly asking “why?” and “how?”, then you’re well on your way to being a scientist. With an exciting and diverse range of subjects, Science at UCD unfolds a universe of career opportunities for students who have an enquiring mind, an ability to solve problems and a desire to explore new worlds. Why UCD Science? There is a wide range of career opportunities available to Science graduates. UCD Science graduates are skilled at analysing data, writing reports and solving problems, and are trained to use their own initiative, all qualities that companies are looking for in employees. These skills can be transferred to businesses ranging from biotechnology, conservation and wildlife to IT, finance and forensics. Many graduates continue their studies to masters or doctoral degree level. Leading UCD institutes and research centres include the UCD Conway Institute, UCD Earth Institute and UCD CASL (Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory). UCD is also home to NovaUCD, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre. Notable successes include the establishment of a range of spin-off companies including Changing Worlds and Lightwave Technologies.

Study options

This program can be done
On campus



  • Duolingo English Test
Cambridge A Level: At least three subjects at A Level Grade C and three other subjects at GCSE Level Grade C. International Baccalaureate: 24 or more total points and the award of the IB Diploma. If you are presenting the Irish school leaving certificate you are required to have attained a H7/O6 in English. If you are studying in another education system you are required to show equivalent competency in English either through your school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test. For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved, temporarily, the use of the Duolingo Test of English (DET) for the 2020 intake. A DET score of 110 will be accepted as an equivalent for IELTS overall score of 6.5, and DET score of 120 will be accepted as an equivalent for IELTS overall score of 7.0.

Career opportunities

Because of the nature and breadth of the subject, Zoology graduates are employed in most of the industries and state organisations that employ biologists. These include the National Parks and Wildlife Services, National Museum, Marine Institute, semi-state bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, ESB, BIM and Inland Fisheries Ireland, conservation bodies, aquaculture, universities, secondary schools, environmental consultancies and several areas of biotechnology. Graduate opportunities are also available for students to pursue MSc or PhD programmes. Taught MSc programmes at UCD include Applied Science (Environmental Science) and World Heritage Management.

Campus location

Dublin , Ireland

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