Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science
Type of Qualification:
Honours Bachelor Degree
Field of Study
Biology and biochemistry,General Programmes,Pharmacy,Physics,Science
Type of Study:
Application Closing Date:
About the Course
The first three years are common with the Pharmaceutical Science course. The duration of the honours degree course is four years and includes a work placement for 6-8 months in Year 3, as part of the Student Industrial Placement Programme (SIPP). Many previous graduates have been employed on graduation by the company with which they completed their SIPP placement.
In third year students specialize in either pharmaceutical science, targeted at the chemical-based pharmaceutical industry, or biopharmaceutical science, targeted at the biotechnology-based pharmaceutical industry. In fourth year, students study their specialised area in more detail, as well as some common modules. In addition students complete a project over the two semesters that develops laboratory, scientific communication and project management skills.
The course work is almost equally divided between practical laboratory classes and lecture classes. The programme is designed to help students deepen their knowledge of and develop practical skills in, chemical and biological industrial processes. Students learn how to apply these valuable skills in solving technical problems in industry. In addition they learn about the operation of the biopharmaceutical industry and the quality control and manufacturing systems employed by industry.
Course Code: TA 321
Honours Bachelor of Science Degree Pharmaceutical Science
Length of programme: 4 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
What do I Need?
Leaving 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: 360
Points range of recent offers: 360-460
The pharmaceutical industry is involved in the making of drug molecules, drug ingredients, tablets, injections and creams which are used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Ireland is a key location for the pharmaceutical and chemical industry in Europe. 16 of the top 20 companies in the world have operations in Ireland and have an ongoing need for a highly educated and skilled workforce. Honours graduates are also in a position to pursue research studies to M.Sc.or PhD level or can further their studies with a taught-masters in a relevant discipline.
How To Apply
John Behan (Head of Department) + 353 1 4042403 email email@example.com
Department phone extensions: + 353 1 404 2436 / 2400 / 2406 - Fax: + 353 1 4042404
Please visit our department website
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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Semester 1Biology 1
Learning to Learn at 3rd Level (Science)
Laboratory Skills I
Semester 2Biology 2
Laboratory Skills II
Semester 3Drug Formulation and Regulatory Compliance
Principles of Biochemistry
Lab Skills for Pharma Science III
Semester 4API Process and Environmental Technology
Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
Lab Skills IV
Semester 5Aseptic Manufacture
3D Organic Chemistry (Chemical Analysis)
Lab Skills for Pharma Science V
Good Manufacturing Practice and Quality Systems
Semester 6Student Industrial Placement
Semester 7Systems Validation
Integrated Laboratory Techniques
Semester 8Advanced Statistics
Advanced Biopharma and Cell Technology
Advanced Analytical Techniques