Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science

  • Course Code


  • Type of Qualification:

    Ordinary Bachelor Degree

  • Field of Study

    Biology and biochemistry,General Programmes,Pharmacy,Physics,Science

  • Type of Study:

    Full Time

  • Application Closing Date:

    Not Specified

About the Course

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science at IT TallaghtTA 314 - Pharmaceutical manufacture and formulation is a rapidly expanding industry in Ireland. Nine out of ten of the top companies in the world have operations in Ireland.

ITT Dublin houses an actual fully equipped mini pharmaceutical facility which is unique in Ireland’s educational sector. Known as the National Pharmaceutical Education Centre, it is where students follow the very exacting procedures involved in making powders, tablets, creams, antibiotics, protein drugs, enzymes and the ingredients used in a range of medical treatments. The strict regulatory controls and quality assurance guarantees that operate in the industry are paralleled here. Student formulations and analysis are carefully monitored and each stage in the parallel production operates to very demanding industry standards.
It is an excellent preparation for students about to follow careers in a modern technologically driven industry that operates to very high standards, and that will attract a large number of young Irish scientists well into the future.

What is Pharmaceutical Science?
The pharmaceutical sciences combine a broad range of biology and chemistry disciplines that are critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies, for example the knowledge and skills required to design and make new anti-cancer and anti-viral agents. Students learn about drug development from discovery through to formulation. The course also highlights the importance of regulatory requirements in bringing new drugs to market. Over the three years of the course students are introduced to the technical, regulatory and management aspects of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

Programme Outline
science18 This course is of three years duration, with two semesters in each year. First and second year are common and focus on developing fundamental knowledge and skills in both biology and chemistry. The course allows students to specialise in either Pharmaceutical or Biopharmaceutical Science in Year 3. For the final part of the course, the student completes a 6-8 month placement as part of the student industrial placement programme (SIPP). This placement gives the student a considerable advantage when seeking employment after completing the course. The majority of placements are based in Pharmaceutical companies in Ireland but there are some opportunities to work abroad.


CAO Code: TA 314:
Honours Bachelor of Science Degree Pharmaceutical Science

Length of programme: 3 years
Recognised in Europe
Mature students welcome

Mature applicants (23 years of age) may not be required to meet the minimum entry requirements but may be considered on their merits.
Research opportunities at Post Graduate level
MSc and PhD 

Entry Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science at IT TallaghtLeaving Cert entry requirements for the Honours Bachelor of Science Degree (Pharmaceuticals)

Leaving Certificate with a minimum of Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects, and a minimum of Grade D3 (Ordinary Level) in 4 other subjects in the Leaving Certificate Examination, which must include Mathematics and English.
No Leaving Cert Science subject is required for this programme

Recent minimum CAO points:  325
Points range of recent offers: 325-605

Career Opportunities

The pharmaceutical industry in Ireland is an international leader. Opportunities are excellent and graduates are in demand in the following areas: pharmaceutical, health-care, biopharmaceutical, medical devices, biotechnology, and research.

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How To Apply

John Behan (Head of Department) + 353 1 4042403  email


Department  phone extensions: + 353 1 404 2436 / 2400 / 2406   - Fax: + 353 1 4042404

Further Information

Please visit the department website 

Links Scheme
3 Distinctions, Laboratory Techniques (CASLT) (with a pass in Level 5 Maths), Food (CASFX) (with a pass in Level 5 Maths and either Biology or physics as elective modules)


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