BSc. in Pharmaceutical Science (Level 7) (online)

Programme number: SG_SPHAD_B07

Delivery: Online

Pharmaceutical Science

The pharmaceutical industry is responsible for discovering and producing a wide range of proprietary medicines. In recent years the development and processing of pharmaceutical medicines has become a major feature of the overall pharmaceutical sector. The processes involved in this industry are more chemical based active pharmaceutical industry (API, small-molecule pharmaceutical products) synthesis and formulation compared to the biopharmaceutical industry which is more biological-based processes.

About the programme

biopharma students

The Pharmaceutical Science Level 7 programme aims to prepare participants to work and to up skill within this industry from initial drug design and discovery through to formulation of the final product. This is a truly interdisciplinary science course in which chemistry, formulation, processing/manufacturing and auditing/validation are integrated into this broad-ranging qualification. The two year degree (level 7) provides students with a comprehensive but thorough introduction to a wide range of chemical and technological disciplines as they relate to the study and production of medicinal products.

IT Sligo has strong links with the pharmaceutical industry which ensures that our courses offer the vital skills and knowledge that are required in this expanding sector. The programme comprises core pharmaceutical industry subjects with emphasis being placed on modern operations technology. Modules included in this course are Scientific Communication, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Colloidal Science, Pharmaceutical Formulation, Statistics and Computing, Pharmaceutical Processing and Medical Device Manufacture, Compliance Auditing & Validation and Auditing and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. These modules will give graduates an appreciation of Pharmaceutical processes and greatly help them progress in their careers.

After you Graduate

Graduates from this programme can expect to find employment in the Pharmaceutical sector. They will have a vast knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical formulation, processing/manufacturing, methods of analysis, validation and auditing. In the development of this programme emphasis has been placed on aligning the course content with the skills required by the Pharmaceutical industry, whilst ensuring that there is sufficient flexibility to allow students to move laterally into associated careers. Graduates are typically employed in Scientific, Operations and Quality Assurance / Control positions in the Pharmaceutical industry both in Ireland and abroad. Their work may involve the manufacture of novel medicines, process validation and process optimization.

Entry Requirements

Level 6 on the NFQ (Higher Certificate) in Science or in a cognate area. Applicants with other qualifications and/or with relevant experience will also be considered through IT Sligo’s RPL process.

Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of English language proficiency. For further information on English language requirements click here.

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Modules (credits awarded)

Year 1 (Sept 2016 – May 2017)


Semester 1 (Sep 2016 – Dec 2016) Credits Module Code Semester 2 (Jan 2017 – May 2017) Credits Module Code
Scientific Communication 5 COMM07024 Pharmaceutical Formulation 5 PHRM07008
Pharmaceutical Chemistry 5 CHEM07002 Colloidal Science 10 SCI07006
Pharmaceutical Analysis 5 PHRM07005


Year 2 (Sept 2017 – May 2018)


Semester 1 (Sep 2017 – Dec 2017) Credits Module Code Semester 2 (Jan 2018 – May 2018) Credits Module Code
Statistics and Computing 5 MATH07025 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing 15 PHRM07006
Pharmaceutical Processing and Medical Device Manufacture 5 PHRM07008
Compliance Auditing and Validation 5 GMP07002

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Award: Level 7

Duration: 2 years

Application Deadline: August 29th 2016


Total Fees €6,000

Per year €3,000

Per 10 credit module €1,000

Per 5 credit module €500


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Sarah Walsh
Registrars Office ODL
Tel: 071 913 7249

Course co-ordinator:
Dr. Damien P. Kelly

Online and Part time Admissions
tel: 071 9318511

2017/18 Prospectus