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Code
WD002
Cao points
🛈279 -589
Level
8
Campus
Cork Road
Duration
4 years
Credits
240 ECTS
Placements
Available
Study Abroad
Yes
International Applications
Accepted
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Why Study Science at WIT?

Studying science at WIT will broaden your understanding of the world around you and give you the skills needed to approach matters in a reasoned and analytical manner.

All of our programmes offer hands on practical experience and are highly regarded. The programmes were designed to meet the needs of industry in the region, nationally and internationally. Each program has a work placement built into the 3rd year. Feedback from employers and students about the placement experience is excellent.

What is Science (Common Entry)? 

Science (Common Entry) was designed as a common entry course for the student who has a keen interest in science, but is unsure of which area they would like to specialise in. This course gives the student a flavour of a variety of different scientific disciplines, allowing them to keep their options open when applying to study science at third level.

Science (Common Entry) Degree Options

Upon completion of Year 1 of the BSc (Hons) in Science, students have the choice of progressing into the second year of any of the following degree courses that run in the Department of Science at WIT:

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Course Modules

The modules of year 1 of the course offer an introduction to biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computing. Elective modules are also offered in specialised areas such as Food Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Molecular Biology, Biopharmaceutical Science and Modern Physics. The student can get a taste of what is involved in each of these areas, before making a more informed choice as to which area they would like to specialise in for their degree.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory Biology Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Introductory Chemistry Mathematics for Scientists
Introductory Physics Physical and Organic Chemistry
Introductory Mathematics Physics for Scientists
Introduction to ICT for ScientistsChoose two of the following electives:
Good Lab Practice and Core Skills *Introduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science
*Introduction to Modern Physics
*Plant Biology
*Science & Society
*Introduction to Food Science
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Mechanics & WavesAdvanced Mechanics
Science, Universe & SocietyElectromagnetism
Electronic Devices & SystemsDC/AC Fundamentals
Ordinary Differential EquationsAdvanced Calculus
Programming Fundamentals IProgramming Fundamentals II
Spectroscopic TechniquesThermodynamics for Engineers
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Atomic, Quantum & Solid State Device PhysicsWork Placement
Electromagnetism, Physical Optics & Photonics
Measurement Systems
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Computational Environments & Toolchains
Semiconductor Fundamentals
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Introduction to Convergent TechnologiesSemiconductor Devices
Computational PhysicsPhotonics Applications
Control SystemsResearch Project
Nuclear Physics & Spectroscopic TechniquesSmart Grid Technology/Renewable Energies
Research Methodology & Literature Review
*Elective - choose one*Elective - choose one
Process TechnologyDigital Control
Cloud Computing 1The Connected Car
Advanced Driver Assistance SystemsApplied Fluid Mechanics
Data Mining 1Data Mining 2

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for Science (Common Entry):

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Applying for Science (Common Entry) on the CAO:

You can apply for WD002 only ONCE. You must select ONE degree option i.e. WD002 PHA (Pharmaceutical Science), WD002 BIO (Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science), WD002 FOO (Food Science and Innovation), WD002 PHY (Physics for Modern Technology) or WD002 (Science common entry- no preference at this point). Applicants who are undecided should choose WD002 Common Entry.

Applicants who select a specific degree option are guaranteed a place in year 2 (e.g. WD002 BIO), subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. 

At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for Science (Common Entry):

Recommendation for Science (Common Entry):

Applicants should note that a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) at Leaving Certificate is recommended for this programme.

Career Opportunities:

One of the best reasons for studying science is the wide variety of career opportunities that the graduate has access to. A science degree is a well-established platform to a surprisingly wide range of careers outside science (e.g. management, sales) as well as within science (laboratory, research, and teaching).

Career opportunities will be subject to your choice of specialist exit pathways. Science (Common Entry) is the gateway for four Level 8 BSc (Hons) degrees in Waterford Institute of Technology, which include the BSc (Hons) in Food Science and Innovation, BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science, BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science, and BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology. At the end of first year you will be asked to select one of the courses to study in order to obtain your final award. For more information on career opportunities visit the courses under the follow on study section.

Follow on study:

Opportunities for postgraduate study are available at WIT and other insitutions. The opportunities for postgraduate study will be subject to the course you choose to get your degree in. For more information on the follow on study opportunities visit the following courses:

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Department Courses

Certificate in Food Safety and Analytical Microbiology

Certificate in Food Safety and Analytical Microbiology

L7 Plant Protection [ Module ] (5 Credits)

L7 Plant Protection [ Module ] (5 Credits)

Certificate in Advanced Drug Formulation Science

Certificate in Advanced Drug Formulation Science

L7 Certificate in Garden Management and Plant Selection (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Garden Management and Plant Selection (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Nursery Stock Production, Botanic Gardens Dublin (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Nursery Stock Production, Botanic Gardens Dublin (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Sportsturf Science, Kildalton College (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Sportsturf Science, Kildalton College (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Landscape Design (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Landscape Design (10 Credits)

Certificate in Advanced Analytical Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Analytical Techniques

Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture

Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture

L6 Certificate in Introduction to Dairy Science (10 Credits)

L6 Certificate in Introduction to Dairy Science (10 Credits)

Certificate In International Regulatory Affairs

Certificate In International Regulatory Affairs

Certificate in Statistics and Data Analysis

Certificate in Statistics and Data Analysis

Certificate in Strategic Quality Management

Certificate in Strategic Quality Management

Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Materials Characterisation

Certificate in Advanced Materials Characterisation

L6 Higher Cert in Science in Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology (120 Credits)

L6 Higher Cert in Science in Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology (120 Credits)

L7 BSc in Good Manufacturing Practice and Technology (60 Credits)

L7 BSc in Good Manufacturing Practice and Technology (60 Credits)

Postgrad Diploma / MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management

Postgrad Diploma / MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management

BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science

BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science

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BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Horticulture

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Forestry

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Forestry

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Agriculture

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Agriculture

BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

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BSc (Hons) in Food Science & Innovation

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BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology

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BSc in Horticulture (National Botanic Gardens)

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