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Code
WD002 PHA
Cao points
308 - 589
Level
8
Campus
Cork Road
Duration
4 years
Credits
240 ECTS
Placements
Available
Study Abroad
Yes
International Applications
Accepted
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What is Pharmaceutical Science?

The pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry makes a vital contribution to society through the development and production of drugs such as antibiotics for infectious diseases, cancer treatment drugs and antiviral drugs for HIV. The pharmaceutical sector plays a vital role in Ireland’s economy with over 150 pharmaceutical companies, including 13 of the world’s top 15. There is a strong demand for graduates qualified in pharmaceutical science and employment prospects are excellent.

What is the BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science course?

The BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science is a full time, four year, honours degree which can be chosen within the WD002 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) Common Entry Route. This course is designed to produce graduates for the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry. Students will be exposed to a broad range of subjects and laboratory instrumentation relevant to the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry. The course also provides graduates with a range of transferable skills so that graduates are qualified for a wide range of science-based industries.

BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science work placement

A six-month work placement is included in the third year of the course.

Research at WIT

WIT lecturing staff teaching on this course are actively involved in a range of highly successful and well-funded research work related to pharmaceutical science. Collaborators include national and international universities and research institutes, and industrial partners from the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical sector both in Ireland and abroad. Current research areas include: development of novel polymers for therapeutic drug delivery, biomedical research in eye treatment, novel analytical methods for pharmaceutical products, sensing devices for environmental analysis, biotechnology for drug synthesis and bioremediation.

Winner of the Pharma Industry awards 2017

Pharma Industry Awards

The four-year BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science course won the prestigious Pharma Education & Training Award in the Pharma Industry Awards 2017. The awards are a 'benchmark for excellence for those operating in Ireland's pharma industry'.

Education Awards

The programme was also nominated for two awards in 2018: The Education Awards 2018: Best Student Experience Award and the HR Leadership and Management Awards 2018: Excellence in Education and Training Award.  

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Video: learn about pharmaceutical science in 3 minutes

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory BiologyCell Biology & Biochemistry
Introductory ChemistryPhysical & Organic Chemistry
Introductory PhysicsPhysics for Scientists
Introductory MathematicsMathematics for Scientists
Introduction to ICT for ScientistsChoose two of the following electives:
Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills *Introduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science
*Science & Society
* = Elective module*Introduction to Modern Physics
*Introduction to Food Science
*Plant Biology
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Organic Chemistry and BiomoleculesPharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
Spectroscopic TechniquesChromatographic and Electrophoric Techniques
Physical ChemistryInorganic Chemistry
Statistics for ScientistsPharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Processing
Pharmaceutical ScienceBiopharmaceutical Science
Laboratory Data Analysis and PresentationApplied Mathematics for Scientists
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Total Quality ManagementWork Placement
Chromatographic Method Development and Validation
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Pharmaceutical and Natural Products
Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Compounds
Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Advanced Techniques in Pharmaceutical ScienceAdvanced Inorganic & Photochemistry
Advanced Topics in Physical ChemistryAdvanced Quality Methodologies
Pharmaceutical Synthesis and CharacterisationPharmaceutical Formulation & Drug Delivery
Regulatory Affairs & CompliancePharmacology, Drug Design & Synthesis
Research Methodology & Literature ReviewResearch Project (Double Module)

Leaving Cert: Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science:

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

How to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science on the CAO:

The entry route for this programme is from WD002 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry). Applicants who select degree option WD002 PHA (Pharmaceutical Science) are guaranteed a place in that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided about their degree option should choose WD002 GEN.

At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science:

Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science graduates:

A degree in pharmaceutical science will provide graduates with skills that are much sought after in a range of sectors including:

  • Pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical industries

  • Quality control & quality assurance

  • Laboratory analysis

  • Research & development

  • Education & teaching

  • Food & drinks industry

Follow on Study for BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science graduates:

  • MSc and PhD by research

Video: An International Perspective on Pharmaceutical Science at WIT

International students studying pharmaceutical science

This programme attracts many international students from around the world each year. There are many supports in place and students will be given lots of guidance from our very experienced staff in the Waterford Institute of Technology International Office. To find an international perspective to the course and Department of Science have a look at our video.

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Dr. Claire Lennon
PhD, BSc - Lecturer Organic Chemistry
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Department Courses

Certificate in Food Safety and Analytical Microbiology

Certificate in Food Safety and Analytical Microbiology

L7 Plant Protection [ Module ] (5 Credits)

L7 Plant Protection [ Module ] (5 Credits)

Certificate in Advanced Drug Formulation Science

Certificate in Advanced Drug Formulation Science

L7 Certificate in Garden Management and Plant Selection (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Garden Management and Plant Selection (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Nursery Stock Production, Botanic Gardens Dublin (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Nursery Stock Production, Botanic Gardens Dublin (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Sportsturf Science, Kildalton College (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Sportsturf Science, Kildalton College (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Landscape Design (10 Credits)

L7 Certificate in Landscape Design (10 Credits)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry)

Certificate in Advanced Analytical Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Analytical Techniques

Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture

Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture

L6 Certificate in Introduction to Dairy Science (10 Credits)

L6 Certificate in Introduction to Dairy Science (10 Credits)

Certificate In International Regulatory Affairs

Certificate In International Regulatory Affairs

Certificate in Statistics and Data Analysis

Certificate in Statistics and Data Analysis

Certificate in Strategic Quality Management

Certificate in Strategic Quality Management

Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Materials Characterisation

Certificate in Advanced Materials Characterisation

L6 Higher Cert in Science in Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology (120 Credits)

L6 Higher Cert in Science in Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology (120 Credits)

L7 BSc in Good Manufacturing Practice and Technology (60 Credits)

L7 BSc in Good Manufacturing Practice and Technology (60 Credits)

Postgrad Diploma / MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management

Postgrad Diploma / MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management

BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science

BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Horticulture

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Horticulture

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Forestry

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Forestry

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Agriculture

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Agriculture

BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

BSc (Hons) in Food Science & Innovation

BSc (Hons) in Food Science & Innovation

BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology

BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology

BSc in Horticulture (National Botanic Gardens)

BSc in Horticulture (National Botanic Gardens)

BSc in Horticulture (Kildalton College)

BSc in Horticulture (Kildalton College)

BSc in Forestry

BSc in Forestry

BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science

BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science

BSc in Science (General)

BSc in Science (General)

BSc in Food Science with Business

BSc in Food Science with Business

BSc in Pharmaceutical Science

BSc in Pharmaceutical Science

BSc in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

BSc in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

BSc in Agriculture

BSc in Agriculture