What is Pharmaceutical Science?
The pharmaceutical 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 industry. Students will be exposed to a broad range of subjects and laboratory instrumentation relevant to the pharmaceutical 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 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.
Pharma Industry Awards
The full ab initio version of the 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'.
The honours Pharmaceutical Science course was also nominated for two Awards in 2018:
HR Leadership and Management Awards 2018: Excellence in Education and Training Award
The Education Awards 2018: Best Student Experience Award
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|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introductory Biology||Cell Biology & Biochemistry|
|Introductory Chemistry||Physical & Organic Chemistry|
|Introductory Physics||Physics for Scientists|
|Introductory Mathematics||Mathematics for Scientists|
|Introduction to ICT for Scientists||Choose one of the following electives:|
|Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills||*Introduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science|
|*Science & Society|
|* = Elective module||*Mechanics & Waves|
|*Introduction to Food Science|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Organic Chemistry and Biomolecules||Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry|
|Spectroscopic Techniques||Chromatographic Techniques|
|Physical Chemistry||Inorganic Chemistry|
|Statistics for Scientists||Environmental Science|
|Pharmaceutical Science||Biopharmaceutical Science|
|Laboratory Data Analysis and Presentation||Applied Mathematics for Scientists|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Total Quality Management||Organic Chemistry and Advanced|
|Chromatographic Method Development and Validation||Spectroscopic Techniques|
|Pharmaceutical Biotechnology||Sensors & Electroanalysis|
|Pharmaceutical and Natural Products||Placement|
|Industrial Processing & Operations|
|Inorganic & Physical Chemistry|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Pharmaceutical Synthesis and Characterisation||Pharmaceutical Formulation & Drug Delivery|
|Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry||Pharmacology, Drug Design & Synthesis|
|Research Methodology & Literature Review||Advanced Inorganic & Photochemistry|
|Regulatory Affairs & Compliance||Research Project (Double Module)|
|Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Pharmaceutical Science||Advanced Quality Methodologies|
Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science:
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: 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
Research & development
Education & teaching
Food & drinks industry
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