Bachelor of Science (Honours) Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation (PDF) CW108

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation (PDF)

Course Code: CW108
Course Places: 30
Points 261
Duration: 4 Years


What is this course about?

Pharmaceutics & Drug Formulation covers drug preparation in a series of bases: tablet, capsule, cream etc. - to ensure satisfactory delivery to the body. ‘Assay’ is the analytical determination of drug content in that base.

Course Structure

Lecture and laboratory practical work covers aspects of modern pharmaceutical and formulation development such as the preparation and stress testing of products.

Is this course for you?

The purpose of this course is to produce graduates with the skills to make new pharmaceutical products, trouble-shoot problems in the stability of existing products, and in production proper. This course is for you if you like science, enjoy analytical activities, problem solving and want to study a course with a high level of practical laboratory work.

What will I be able to do when I finish the course 

  • Primary and secondary pharmaceutical production.
  • Pharmaceutical product development and manufacture.
  • Quality control in high-volume mass-market manufacturing plant.
  • Cleanroom and water-treatment facilities.

Further Studies

Graduates can progress to MSc and PhD courses at Institute of Technology Carlow, or at third-level institutions and research centres.

What subjects will I study?

Year 1 Year 2
Mandatory Subjects Mandatory Subjects
  • Fundamental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Laboratory Science
  • Current Concepts in Science
  • Instrumentation 
  • Quantitative Methods and Quality Control 
  • Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic and Physical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Biomolecules
Year 3 Year 4
Mandatory Subjects Mandatory Subjects
  • Quality Management, Experimental Design and Data Management 
  • Pharmaceutical Processing and Process Analytical Technologies 
  • Spectrochemical Methods 
  • Sampling and Separation Science 
  • Analytic Project and Workplace Planning
  • Environmental Science 
  • Physical Chemistry 
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Assay Development
  • Drug Stability
  • Research Project in Pharmaceutics
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Work Placement
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation
  • Advanced Data Analysis and Modelling

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 406/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

Contact Us

Programme Director
Dr Sharon Kinsella
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

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