BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours)Pharmaceutical Science

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        302 - 565
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

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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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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

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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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