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'.
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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?
This is a four year honours degree aimed at preparing graduates for the pharmaceutical industry. Students will be exposed to a broad range of subjects and laboratory instrumentation relevant to the pharmaceutical 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 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.
|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||Introduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science|
|Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills||Choose one of the following electives:|
|*Science & Society|
|* = elective module|
|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 Spectroscopic Techniques|
|Chromatographic Method Development and Validation||Sensors & Electroanalysis|
|Pharmaceutical and Natural Products|
|Manufacturing Production and Processing|
|Inorganic & Physical Chemistry|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry IV||Advanced Quality Methodologies|
|Advanced Analytical Science||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|
Leaving Certificate 2018:
Minimum entry requirements for BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: 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.
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 after completing a Professional Master of Education
Food & drinks industry
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