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Seeing the world from a different perspective.
Through subjects such as Perception & Cognition, Brain & Behaviour and Social Psychology, you will gain a better understanding of how we come to see the world and each other. In second year, students carry out a series of experiments, including the use of eye-tracking machinery to study visual perception and eye movements. This is used in ongoing research in sports psychology and human perception. A psychology degree at UCD opens up a world of understanding for students with a questioning attitude and good reasoning skills.
Advancing Animal Health.
With a renowned international reputation leading to full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association, UCD has the only center for veterinary medical education in Ireland. The UCD Veterinary Hospital couples excellent facilities with outstanding training opportunities, so whether you’re learning the fundamentals of sheep feeding or coordinating a canine blood transfusion, you can be sure you’re getting the best training in Ireland.
Ideas don’t have to live in your head. They can be built.
What do you see when you look at a structure?
Do you ever wonder why rooms are situated where they are? Why ceilings are a certain height? The study of architecture could unlock your creative potential. It’s that space where art meets science and it’s a fascinating place to be. At UCD you will get the opportunity to bring the ideas that live in your head, to life. Like a lot of things, modern architecture is constantly changing and you can have a say in where it goes.
Let’s see what you’re made of
All materials and living things consist of atoms and molecules that are linked together in different ways. Chemistry is a study of these, how they form and react. Life, metabolism, pharmaceuticals, forensic analysis and the development of new energy supplies, computer chips and medical devices: none of these can be fully developed or understood without chemistry.
Where the finest wordsmiths start their first chapter.
UCD is part of a grand Irish and worldwide tradition of literature. Some of the finest Irish writers have studied here. Names like James Joyce, Roddy Doyle and Maeve Binchy, to name a few. The study of English at UCD helps students to strengthen their understanding of narrative, poetic and dramatic forms and enlarge their critical vocabulary and historical awareness. Students will engage with an increasingly expansive range of literature, from coming-of-age fiction to Shakespeare and everything in between.
Ancient fires to modern customs.
Folklore is the study of everyday life, old and new, from the cradle to the grave. We’ve all inherited folklore in various ways: through games, music and stories passed down through the generations. And these traditions don’t just apply to home. Oíche Samhna, or Halloween, with focus on bonfires, ghosts and gatherings, has gradually become part of the Irish and global collective culture. Irish Folklore is a subject that will enrich your cultural understanding, both as part of your studies and long after you leave.
Another string to your bow
With the diverse range of modules on offer, you can gain experience in a variety of subjects, including: musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and performance. And when class finishes, there’s so much more on offer. Get involved in the UCD symphony orchestra, the choir; attend recitals, workshops and open mic nights. Immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy the experience.
The future at your fingertips.
Some of the biggest companies in the world are employing people with a computer science background. Companies like Google and Skype are always looking for the next generation of employees with an understanding of cutting-edge computing technologies; people with recognised skills in database design, app development and software engineering. And that’s exactly what you’ll get at UCD. With Ireland fast becoming the digital hub of Europe, computer science could be the perfect area for you. Who knows, maybe you could be the next Jobs or Zuckerberg!
Replacing black smoke with green energy.
UCD Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry Lecturer Dr James Sullivan is currently researching how catalysts can remove pollutants from car exhausts, creating ‘green chemistry’. His classes and others in UCD seek to find acceptable solutions to scientific problems we find in everyday life (i.e. how can we power our current lifestyle more cost-effectively). UCD’s common entry structure for science means that students can sample chemistry and other science subjects in their first year before committing to a specialisation.
Exercise as medicine.
In many ways, exercise is regarded as a natural medicine. At UCD, students focus on the scientific principles underlying the promotion and enhancement of sport, physical health and exercise. They examine how these principles can improve health and well being, particularly in context of ageing populations and the rising epidemic of obesity and diabetes. You will emerge with skills in the prescription and management of therapeutic exercise interventions in healthcare, giving you a strong start to a healthy career.
An international stamp of approval.
Food production is one of Ireland’s key industries and it depends greatly on the quality of its primary resources and production systems. With Irish beef, people know what they’re getting – 100% Irish quality. That’s because it goes through almost as many ‘border controls’ as we do! The study of agricultural science at UCD allows students to specialise in areas such as Animal and Crop Production, Dairy Business and Human Nutrition. The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science consistently produces graduates who succeed in this market, including Dr John Dardis, now working as a diplomat in Washington DC and Aidan Cotter, CEO of Bord Bia.
A deeper understanding of our environment
The popularity of geography is largely due to its relevance to important global, national and local issues such as: climate change, inequality, migration, urbanization and hazard management. Our lecturers don’t just scratch the surface. They get to the root of these issues, and as a result, students go on to excel in varied careers and contribute effectively to solving some of the most pressing problems of our time.
A career without borders.
Creativity knows no boundaries… and neither does engineering. At UCD, all engineering students share a common first year, where they gain an understanding of many distinct disciplines before choosing their area of specialisation. In their first year, the ‘creativity in design’ module allows them to think creatively about engineering issues, while ‘The Challenge’ with Engineers Without Borders puts those skills to the test by asking them to come up with innovative solutions for real world problems using creativity, coupled with mathematics and physics skills.
From lecture halls to operating theatres.
From your first day studying medicine at UCD, you’ll be part of a stimulating, diverse and vibrant experience, taught by internationally renowned experts and leading physicians. We believe that the best doctors are those who can see through the eyes of their patients. That’s why from early in your course and up until graduation, you’ll interact with and learn from patients, shadow GPs and train at Ireland’s most extensive network of teaching hospitals.
Making a Big Bang.
Last year, scientists at CERN guaranteed a Nobel prize for Peter Higgs, when they identified the elusive Higgs Boson particle using the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). UCD Physicist Dr. Ronan McNulty conducts research projects at CMS, as well as teaching physics to first year science students, helping them to understand the fundamental laws of the universe and nature, derived from mathematical and experimental insights. UCD’s common entry structure for science means that students can sample physics and other science subjects in their first year before committing to a specialisation.
Gain hands-on nursing experience
The role of technology has enhanced the way nurses can care for their patients. Remote symptom monitoring is just one example of this. UCD’s state-of-the-art facilities provide the perfect training environment before students proceed to gain hands-on practical experience at one of our specialist partner hospitals, including: St Vincent’s healthcare Group, the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, the National Maternity Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.
55 active sports clubs
With 55 official sports clubs and excellent facilities, there’s something for everyone at UCD. Our clubs have nurtured some of Ireland’s finest national and international sports people, but they also cater for those who many not wish to compete but want to train in a particular sport for health and fitness benefits. So what are you waiting for? Get involved, get active and have fun.
Keeping Carruth swinging.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, UCD Physiotherapy graduate Dr. Marie Elaine Grant was called upon to help rehabilitate Irish boxer, Michael Carruth’s injured hand. So great was her training that she played a vital part in Michael going on to win Olympic gold and she became Chartered Physiotherapist to the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission (Games Group) for London 2012. So, whether you want to help others swing for gold, or take their first steps on the road to recovery, you’ll be prepared for it all, with a degree from UCD.
Who are you listening to?
Sociology examines people’s behaviour in society. In his first year module, Prof. Tom Inglis highlights the focus on transformations in Irish culture through globalisation. He asks ‘do the media help us reflect critically about these transformations and in this respect, have they replaced the Catholic Church as the conscience of Irish Society?’ It’s an interesting question; and it’s one of many stimulating arguments that students will debate while studying sociology at UCD.
Your entry point to the world of business
Due to the role of emerging technologies the world of big business is ever more globally linked. We want to make sure that you’re prepared for it. At the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business, you’ll learn to collaborate and use financial and data tools in a business like environment, giving you the right training for a technology driven business world. With opportunities to study in 15 countries, this truly is a global learning experience.
Balance the classroom with the courtroom
The UCD Sutherland School of Law enjoys a proud history and is now based in Ireland’s first purpose-built university law school. With a clinical legal education centre and simulated courtroom settings, this new structure promotes active engagement of students with the law, in areas such as advocacy, dispute resolution, client counseling and negotiation. So UCD law students don’t just read their degree, they experience it.
Much more than an x-ray.
Radiography involves the development of the highest quality images, to aid correct patient diagnosis and monitoring of patient treatments, whilst balancing patient and staff safety issues. Diagnostic imaging is a fundamental part of patient care. The cutting-edge technologies underpinning diagnostic imaging are represented by a diamond shaped gem, upon the surface of which are examples of imaging modalities currently used within Irish healthcare, including PET, x-rays, Tractography and MRI. If you’re interested in Science and you want to use your knowledge to care for people, then Radiography could be course for you.