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Faculty of Science & Health

Teaching & Learning

Associate Dean Teaching and Learning Dr. Greg Foley The Faculty of Science and Health is a broad and diverse faculty incorporating six schools: the School of Biotechnology, the School of Chemical Sciences, the School of Health and Human Performance, the School of Mathematical Sciences, the School of Physical Sciences and the School of Nursing and Human Sciences.

The Faculty is characterised by a deep commitment to quality and innovation in teaching and learning and many of the T&L objectives outlined in the DCU strategic plan, Transforming Lives and Societies, are constantly being addressed as part of our normal on-going activities.


These include

  • Widespread adoption of innovative approaches to T&L as described in our T&L projects pages
  • A wide variety of approaches to assessment, from end-of-semester examinations to numerous forms of continuous assessment, including e-assessments, poster and oral presentations and group-based assessments.
  • Ongoing and significant commitment in all schools to undergraduate research through final year projects and also through the provision of summer internships.
  • Engagement with society and industry through INTRA, clinical experience and a variety of outreach programmes.
  • Engagement with the second level system through Open Days and school visits, and through Higher Options and other careers events.
  • A commitment to quality and academic rigour as described in our teaching quality pages
  • A commitment to interdisciplinarity through programmes like the BSc in Biotechnology, the BSc in Environmental Science and Health, the BSc in Physics with Biomedical Sciences, the BSc in Health and Society and the BSc in Physical Education with Maths/Biology.

The Faculty of Science and Health aims to educate students in order to enrich their lives and also to contribute towards making them highly employable graduates who have excellent basic knowledge and skills in:

  • The fundamentals of their chosen discipline with a particularly emphasis, where appropriate,  on practical laboratory skills
  • Communication, both written and oral
  • The intelligent use of digital technologies, especially the use of the standard software packages of their discipline.

Furthermore, our graduates are expected to

  • Be practised at problem solving and critical thinking, and able to show initiative
  • Be accustomed to independent learning
  • Have experience of carrying out original research, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Understand the role that their education can play in addressing the many challenges facing society
  • Understand the need for lifelong learning regardless of their discipline and chosen career.

Despite the economic challenges of the last decade, the faculty remains committed to providing its students with the best education possible in science and/or health and to giving our students the best possible start to their careers and lives. We will continue to strive towards these goals by maintaining a culture of high expectations, not just of our students, but of ourselves.