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Code
WD147
Cao points
293 - 589
Level
8
Campus
Cork Road
Duration
4 years
Credits
240 ECTS
Placements
Available
Study Abroad
Yes
International Applications
Accepted
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Video: learn about pharmaceutical science at WIT in 3 minutes

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?

This is a four year honours degree aimed at preparing 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. A research project is also carried out in year 4. 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 nine-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 ScientistsIntroduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science
Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills Choose one of the following electives:
*Forensic Science
*Science & Society
* = elective module*Environmental Monitoring
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Organic Chemistry and BiomoleculesPharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
Spectroscopic TechniquesChromatographic and Electrophoretic 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
Pharmaceuticals 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: Minimum entry requirements for BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science

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

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

Entry Recommendation for BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science

Applicants should note that a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) of Leaving Certificate is recommended for this programme.

An honours degree in pharmaceutical science will provide graduates with…. 

  • Work experience (9 months) in the Pharmaceutical /Biopharmaceutical Industries.  
  • The opportunity to participate in an award winning programme. 
  • The opportunity to learn from lecturers with excellent track records in teaching and research.    
  • Hands on practical experience using state of the art industrially relevant equipment.  
  • Skills that are much sought after in a range of sectors including the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industries and transferrable to industries such as the Medical Device and Food and Drinks Sectors.  
  • The opportunity to teach after completing a Professional Master of Education.

Our graduates work in a variety of different areas such as 

  • Laboratory analysis (analytical instrumentation, wet chemistry, analysis of production samples, technology development). 
  • Research and development (new drug technologies and methods of administering drugs, new drug development including anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-cancer, heart medication etc., development of new process technologies).
  • Quality control and quality assurance (QC analyst, regulatory affairs, compliance, Quality Assurance advisor, customer complaints).
  • Management roles in the above areas.
  • Technical sales and technical writing.
  • Education. 
  • Entrepreneurship, with some having set up their own successful businesses.

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

  • Following the programme students can apply for further postgraduate studies (Taught Masters programmes as well as MSc and PhD by Research) within WIT. Research may be carried out within WIT’s research centres such as the PMBRC, which is award winning, has industry links, is part of large European networks and completes top quality research.   
  • Graduates have also completed MSc and PhD programmes at Universities both Nationally and Internationally (including an exciting opportunity with NASA).

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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Certificate in Advanced Drug Formulation Science

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

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

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

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L7 Certificate in Sustainable Food Production, Kildalton College or Botanic Gardens Dublin(10 Credits)

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L7 Certificate in Landscape Design (10 Credits)

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Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry)

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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)

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Certificate In International Regulatory Affairs

Certificate In International Regulatory Affairs

Certificate in Statistics and Data Analysis

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Certificate in Strategic Quality Management

Certificate in Strategic Quality Management

Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques

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Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques

Certificate in Advanced Materials Characterisation

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

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

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Postgrad Diploma / MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management

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BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science

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BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Forestry

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