Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science

  • Course Code


  • Type of Qualification:

    Ordinary Bachelor Degree

  • Field of Study

    Biology and biochemistry,Combined,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 Tallaght

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements

Grade O6/H7 or better in 5 ordinary level papers in the Leaving Certificate including English or Irish and Maths. Pass in Foundation Level Mathematics (F2) is acceptable for this course.

Summary -  5O6/H7 - Maths (F2)

2018 CAO points : 187 (round1) 

QQI/FET (formally FETAC) Entry Requirements 

Essential Major Awards - CASLT, 5M3807, CASFX, 5M5267

Essential Component Awards- CASLT/5M3807- C20139 or 5N1833 or 5N16654 or O6/H7 in LCE  Maths, CASFX/5M5267- C20139 or 5N1833 or 5N16654 or O6/H7 in LCE Maths and either C20006 or 5N2746 or C20048 or 5N1460


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 



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