Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Healthcare
2023 CAO Points: 400
Leaving Certificate Requirements
Minimum Number of
Minimum Grade in
English OR Irish
Other Grade Requirements
At least O4/H7 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry, or Biology.
QQI/FET Award Required
1 OF THE FOLLOWING AWARDS:
5 DISTINCTIONS FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
C20006 / 5N2746 Biology
|Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline|
In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi
Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature
English Language Requirements
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.
Study Abroad Opportunities
You can choose to study abroad for a semester or year where you will undertake a work placement or project.
A period of industrial placement takes place during Year 3.
Since Ireland is home to 24 of the world’s top biotech and pharma companies, there are great opportunities for graduates such as:
- 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
- Technical Recruiter
- Account/Client Manager
- Marketing Executive
- Sales Manager Representative
- 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.
- Alexion Baxter
- Hollister ULC
- ICON PLC
- Introduction to Biopharmaceuticals
- Introduction to Manufacturing and Environmental Monitoring for Pharmaceutical Healthcare
- Critical thinking for Biotechnology and related industries
- Computer Applications and Digital skills
- Mathematics for Pharmaceutical Scientists
- Introductory Physics for Sciences and Health
- Principles of Cellular Biology
- Principles of Systems Biology
- Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
- Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
- Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
- Introductory Microbiology
- Natural Organic Chemistry
- Structural Biochemistry for Food and Pharmaceuticals
- Biochemical Transformations for Food and Pharmaceuticals
- Synthetic Organic Chemistry
- Food and Pharmaceutical Instrumentation I
- Food and Pharmaceutical Instrumentation II
- Basic Pharmaceutical Microbiology I
- Pharmaceutical Microbiology 2
- Pharmaceutical Industry Regulatory Affairs
- Quality Systems
- Design of Experiments and Multivariate Analysis
- Lean and Six Sigma
- Advanced Analysis Techniques for Food, Beverage, Biopharma
- Immunology and Diagnostics
- Advanced Biotechnology
- Drug Discovery and Synthesis
- Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
- Drug Delivery and Targeted Therapies
- Advanced Pharmeceutical Microbiology
- Responsible Project Management and Information Access
- Pharmaceutical Healthcare Project/Dissertation
- Process Analytical Technology
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.
On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.