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Pharmaceutical Science / Eolaíocht Cógaisíochta

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

2022 CAO Points: 440

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of




 2 H5

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:
3 Distinctions 

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Mature Applicants:

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

If you’re interested in how new drugs and therapies are discovered and developed, this course may be right for you. It covers the full process of development, as well as technical, regulatory and management aspects. And, in third year, there is an opportunity for a 6-8 work placement in industry.

Pharmaceutical science combines a broad range of biology and chemistry disciplines that are critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. The course covers the development from discovery through to the formulation of medicines.

In Year 1, you’ll gain fundamental knowledge in chemistry and biology.

In Years 2 and 3, you’re introduced to pharmaceutical-focused modules. You’ll also be introduced to the technical, regulatory and management aspects of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

Work Placement: Year 3, includes a work placement of 6-8 months, as part of the Student Industrial Placement Programme (SIPP). Many graduates have been employed on graduation by the company with which they completed their SIPP placement.

Year 4, includes modules such as Bioprocess Technology, Drug Synthesis, Advanced Statistics and Biopharma and Cell Technology.

The course work is almost equally divided between practical laboratory and lecture classes. On graduation, you’ll be equipped to enter the pharma or biopharma industries.

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

  • Senior Process Technologist
  • Regulatory Compliance Supervisor
  • Process Development Lead
  • Microbiologist
  • Lead Environmental Monitor Officer
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Technical Sales Manager

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

  • Continued Academic Development
  • Student Industrial Placement
  • Analytical Techniques 2
  • DNA Analysis I
  • Food Microbiology
  • Laboratory Skills 6 for Bioanalysis
  • Pharmacology

Semester 7

  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Drug Synthesis
  • Integrated Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Communications and Student Project (Part 1)
  • Validation

Semester 8

  • Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Advanced Biopharma and Cell Technology
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Project
  • Advanced Statistics

I really enjoyed my time working with the friendly and supportive staff, many of whom had previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Working in the pharmaceutical pilot plant on campus to complete my final-year project was a memorable experience and stood to me in industry. My work placement highlighted what I was to expect after graduating from the course and the relevance of the modules I studied.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

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