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Pharmaceutical Science / Eolaíocht Cógaisíochta

Course Title: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science

2023 CAO Points: 390

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:

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at

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. 

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

Work Placement

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

Semester 6

  • Option 1 for Placement
    Industry placement in a leading BioPharmaceutical company. This option requires the student to complete a Continuous Academic Development module (CAD) during the placement.

  • Option 2 for Placement 
    Erasmus programme

  • Option 3 for Placement (if unsuccessful in applications for options 1 and 2 above). 
    Completion of a number of relevant industry focused academically accredited modules one of which will be the CAD module referred to in first option above.

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 in 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.