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Pharmaceutical Science / Eolaíocht Cógaisíochta

Course Title: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science

2022 CAO Points: 431

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award

Essential Components Award:

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Mature Applicants:

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at

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. 

Course Description

If you’re interested in the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies, this course may be right for you. It covers the full process of development, as well as technical, regulatory and management aspects.

Pharmaceutical science combines a broad range of biology and chemistry disciplines that are critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. This course covers the development from discovery through to the formulation of medicines, and highlights the importance of the regulatory requirements to get a new drug on the market. Over the three years, you’ll be introduced to the technical, regulatory and management aspects of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

In Year 1, you’ll gain fundamental knowledge in chemistry and biology. In Years 2 and 3, you’re introduced to pharmaceutical-focused modules. In third year, you can do a 6-8 month placement in one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Ireland or complete an Erasmus research-focused placement in a European university. Placement gives you a considerable advantage when seeking employment.

The course is taught by lecturers from both academic and pharmaceutical industry backgrounds and aims to provide students with industry-relevant experience so as to enhance their career prospects.

Study Abroad Opportunities:

You may chose to complete your 6-8 month work experience in a European country as part of the Erasmus programme.

Work Placement Information:

In Year 3, Semester 6, you complete a 6-8 month work placement as part of the Student Industrial Placement Programme (SIPP). This placement can be completed in leading pharmaceutical companies in Ireland or abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Graduate Job Titles:

  • Process Technologist
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer
  • Process Development
  • Microbiological Analyst
  • Environmental Monitor Officer

Semester 1

  • Biology 1
  • Chemistry I
  • Critical Skills Development
  • Laboratory Skills I
  • Mathematics 1 for Science Students
  • Physics 1

Semester 2

  • Biology 2
  • Chemistry 2
  • Laboratory Skills II
  • Mathematics 2 for Science Students
  • Physics 2

Semester 3

  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • Drug Formulation
  • Lab Skills III (Pharma Science III)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis

Semester 4

  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Lab Skills IV (Pharma Science)
  • API Process and Spectroscopy
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Introductory Statistics

Semester 5

  • Good Manufacturing Practice and Quality Systems
  • Lab Skills V (Pharma Science)
  • Organic Chemistry 3
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Aseptic Manufacture

Placement is a fantastic opportunity offered in this course which allows you access to work in leading pharmaceutical companies. Hands-on experience in the pharmaceutical pilot on campus during the course was invaluable and prepared us to go straight to industry. I really enjoyed my work placement abroad which was organised through the Erasmus Programme

Students may progress on to TU876, Bachelor of Science, Pharmaceutical Science (depending on performance)

TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Science


3 years

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School of Chemical & BioPharmaceutical Sciences

Progression Options

Students can progress, based upon performance to TU876 - Bachelor of Science Pharmaceutical Science Level 8.