Pharmaceutical Science with drug development (Add on)

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required N/A
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Honours Degree Addon
  • Duration 1

Course Summary

This one year add-on course comprises the fourth year of the level 8 B.Sc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical with Drug Development. Applicants should have attained a relevant level 7 degree or equivalent.

This course provides graduates with key skills in pharmaceutical science that will make them highly employable within the pharmaceutical / biopharmaceutical sector – which is one of the major drivers within the Irish economy. Key topics covered include the drug development process, pharmacology, biopharmaceutical analysis and current pharmaceutical legislation. An important element of the final year is to undertake an individually-supervised project in an area of interest to the student which may be chosen from a wide range of topics which have an impact within the pharmaceutical sector.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

Candidates with a relevant level 7 degree, such as the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science from IT Sligo, or similar, are eligible to apply.

Career Opportunities

The pharmaceutical / healthcare industry in Ireland is currently one of the most extensive and thriving in the country with 18 out of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world having operations in Ireland.

Included in this area are pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, biomedical and medical devices. Areas within the sector where graduates find employment include; Legislation / Regulatory Affairs, Formulation, Analysis, Validation, Production and Quality Systems.

Further Study

The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Pharmaceutical Science provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to progress to a Masters Degree in a range of course options – especially to the M.Sc. in Industrial Pharmaceutical Science by distance learning. Past students have also obtained the degree of both M.Sc. and Ph.D. by research.

The Institute has also developed a very successful links with the a number of Pharmacy Schools both in Ireland and abroad which allows graduates of the L8 Degree in Pharmaceutical Science to gain entrance to the pharmacy degree programmes. Many graduates have followed this route and are currently practicing pharmacists around the country

Course Format

Semester 7

Pharmaceutical Work Practice 10
Advanced Organic Chemistry   5
Pharmaceutical Project Part 1              5
Pharmaceutical Research Methods       5
Biopharmaceutical Analysis     5

Semester 8

Pharmaceutical Project Part 2  5
Compliance Auditing & Validation 5
Drug Structure             5
Pharmaceutical Pharmacology 5
Pharmaceutical Operations Management 5
Pharmaceutical Legislation      5