The University of Limerick


The College provides excellent and relevant teaching and research over a wide range of scientific disciplines - from the traditional physical sciences (chemistry, physics etc.), to nursing, therapies, equine science and sports science.

It also provides a major input to courses in science education and physical education - as well as running postgraduate courses in chemical engineering (jointly with Engineering) and Industrial Physics.

Graduates from the College will be in a position to make a major contribution to the future well-being of Irish knowledge-based industry, as well as to many other areas of activity - from health-related disciplines to equine enterprises.

Emphasis is placed on easing the transition from second level to third level by providing special guidance and care for first year students entering the courses. An example is the recently established Science Learning Centre (click here to view) - offering tutorial support and a supervised area, open to all students, with access to personal tuition and additional resources.

The College comprises of eight departments, the last four of which have recently been created (within a School of Health Sciences) -

  • Chemical and Environmental sciences (CES)
  • Life Sciences (LS)
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS)
  • Physics (PHYS)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy

The College has a young staff, the majority of whom are research-active.

Research is, in most cases, multidisciplinary and is carried out within a range of research centres. Many of these are associated with two research institutes - the Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) and the Institute of Biotechnology and Environmental Science (IBES).

Research is also being initiated in the School of Health Sciences and much of this will be incorporated in IBES.

All the undergraduate programmes of the College involve periods of cooperative education, teaching practice or clinical placement. All the courses are kept continuously under review so that they meet the requirements of employers and of national and international bodies.

Centre for Environmental Research
The Centre for Environmental Research (CER) was established in 1994 and is currently under the directorship of Prof. Richard Moles.

The CER is a multidisciplinary research centre, located at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Research carried out by the Centre is based in suites of modern laboratories in various university buildings, which include - chemistry, catalysis, biochemistry and biology facilities.

The expertise of this multidisciplinary Centre encompasses many areas of environmental research, including - environmental chemistry and catalysis, ecology, geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, geochemistry, computer modelling, environmental management, environmental impact assessment and sustainable development.

While the CER is active in a wide range of multidisciplinary studies, the following themes are dominant:

  • Environmental Catalysis & Chemistry - for more details Click Here
  • Scientific Management of Environmental Quality - for more details Click Here
  • Environmental Technology - for more details Click Here
  • Mid-West Eco-Network Project - for more details Click Here

For further information on CER Click Here


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