Pharmaceutical Healthcare / Cúram Sláinte Cógaisíochta

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Healthcare

2021 CAO Points 451

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements

At least  04/H7 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry, or Biology.

Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.  Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

The Pharmaceutical Healthcare course provides students with an integrated curriculum of practice and theory focussing on the key concepts in pharmaceutical sciences and technology.

It develops students’ knowledge of the fundamental principles, as well as latest developments and applications, equipping them for employment in a variety of areas within biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, as well as associated industries.

The course also gives students a broad understanding of the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries, to meet the current and anticipated technical and skills needs of these industries. You will primarily learn about how the fundamental sciences are applied to biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Throughout the course, there is a strong focus on the core competencies and skills that will prepare you for the work environment in the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and allied industries, both during the course as part of your work experience and also after you graduate.

The course has two discipline streams in Year 4, which underpin core modules in the area of (bio) pharmaceutical manufacturing. These two streams will allow you to specialise into either small molecule pharmaceuticals or biopharmaceuticals. The course is structured over four years and covers a comprehensive range of disciplines including scientific, technological, manufacturing, developmental and regulatory areas related to the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries. The course includes the options of extended external placement or international placement, and this will allow you to develop independence, confidence and build upon your disciplinary expertise and knowledge you have gained.

Finding employment in an industrial/research environment post-graduation will be aided by developing your key personal and interpersonal employability skills throughout the course. The provision of challenging self-directed learning exercises, culminating in a final year research project, will enable you to become a graduate that is self-reliant, problem-solving, innovative and self- motivating.

Work Placement:     A period of industrial placement takes place during Year Three.

Study Abroad Opportunities
You can choose to study abroad for a semester or year where you will undertake a work placement or project.

Graduates of this course may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

Since Ireland is home to 24 of the world’s top biotech and pharma companies, there are great opportunities for graduates. Career options include:

  • Diagnostic Technician
  • Product Technician
  • Packaging Manager
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Product Development Scientist
  • Process Technologist
  • Project Coordinator
  • Quality Assurance/Control Manager
  • Research and Development
  • Compliance/Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Production Manager/Planner
  • Medical Lab Assistant
  • Brand Technologist/Specialist
  • Operations Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Patent Agent
  • Technical Author
  • Writer/Journalist
  • Technical Recruiter
  • Account/Client Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Sales Manager Representative
  • Academia/Lecturer
  • Business Development Executive
  • Recruitment Consultant (Pharmaceuticals/Science)

Graduates have also entered graduate development courses in large multinational companies such as Abbot, where opportunities are expected to expand in the coming years.

       Graduate Employers:

        Alexion Baxter
        Hollister ULC
        ICON PLC

  • Basic Microbiology
  • Computer Applications and Digital Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic/Organic/Physical Chemistry
  • Introduction to Manufacturing and Introduction to Biopharmaceuticals
  • Introductory Physics
  • Mathematics for Scientists
  • Principles of Cellular and Principles of Systems Biology 
  • Instrumentation for (Bio) Pharmaceuticals
  • Natural and Synthetic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Process Technology
  • Quality Systems
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Statistics
  • Structural and Transformational Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Technology
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Principles of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Work Placement

Core modules:

  • Design of Experiments and Multivariate Analysis
  • Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
  • Process Analytical Technology
  • Research Dissertation
  • Responsible Research

Stream Options:

  • Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Drug Discovery and Synthesis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacture Stream modules
  • Advanced Biotechnology
  • Biopharmaceutical Manufacture Stream modules
  • Bioprocessing
  • Immunology and Diagnostics


The BSc Pharmaceutical Healthcare degree provides students with a diverse and thorough background in the pharmaceutical industry. It incorporates a wide range of topics which provide excellent training in scientific principles, self-discipline, practical applications, organisational and computing skills
I fulfilled my placement in the Immunology Department in the Central Pathology Laboratories, St James’s Hospital, Dublin. I easily transferred theoretical knowledge into practical uses. I am currently working as a QC Analyst performing analysis on Oral Solid Dosage formulations. I now have the option of branching out into multiple fields in the pharmaceutical sector as well as biopharmaceutics.

Exit Awards:

Exit after 3 years: Complete 4 years:


Level 7 Bachelor of Science (Ord)


Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hons)

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Contact Us

Denis O’Shea