Pharmacy Technician Studies / Staidéar Theicneora Cógaslainne

Programme Title:  Higher Certificate in Pharmacy Technician Studies 

Check Minimum Entry Requirements for further information

Students must demonstrate considerable prior knowledge in Science. They will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

All students will be vetted by An Garda Síochána.

This programme prepares students for a profession as a Pharmacy Technician, and is completed in one year. It is a shortened version of the two year TU654 programme, and has been designed for students with significant prior learning in Science. It develops practical, professional and academic skills required to assist in the various activities of the pharmacy, not requiring the professional judgement of the pharmacist. These skills include knowledge of prescription and non-prescription medicines, and how they are formulated and used to treat illnesses. 

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

Students will develop medical knowledge to recognise common illnesses and communication skills to liaise with pharmacists and counsel patients on healthcare issues, including the various healthcare schemes available in Ireland. Students will gain experience in dispensing procedures and practices and be able to interpret prescriptions and prepare medicines for dispensing. They will be able to maintain patient records and operate pharmacy computer systems. They will also be able to supply non-prescription medicines in accordance with legislation and guidelines.

A rewarding career as a Pharmacy Technician, with many employment opportunities in community and hospital pharmacy awaits graduates of this programme. Other employment opportunities include medical sales for pharmaceutical suppliers. 

  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Nutrition & Physiology
  • Pharmacy Placement
  • Professional Development ePortfolio

Are there study abroad opportunities?

Students can avail of up to two months’ work placement in a pharmacy abroad.

Advanced Entry/Add On Programme

Progression opportunities for further study exist, including Pharmacy Degrees in the UK and Ireland, and pharmaceutical and scientific qualifications in Ireland and elsewhere. Students who attain an Upper Merit are eligible to transfer to TU875 BSc Pharmaceutical Healthcare.

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate in Pharmacy Technician Studies (Level 6)


1 year

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Contact Us

Programme Chair - Gemma Kinsella