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

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

Course Code: CW108
Course Places: 18
Points 276
Duration: 4 Years


What is this NEW course about?

Pharmaceutics is the process of turning a chemical molecule into a medication to be used safely and effectively by patients. This new programme offers a solid foundation in chemistry and analytical science that will allow graduates to make a significant contribution to the pharmaceutical industry. The programme has been designed to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical industry and in consultation with industry experts, so students will graduate with core skills that are highly sought after. It has a strong focus on practical laboratory experience and employability, preparing students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, and a academic or industrial research.  

Students will become familiar with a range of analytical techniques including identification, validation, optimisation of small molecules and the importance of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Our extensive range of chemistry equipment allows performance of analysis techniques including electrochemical analysis; high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectrometry (MS). A highlight of the course is the completion of original research in an individual project. The programme also includes a 12-week work placement. 

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

Ireland is home to some of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies and continues to develop market-leading medicines.Graduates will be skilled pharmaceutical and analytical scientists, knowledgeable in drug formulation and highly employable in areas such as: laboratory and technical work, product development and quality control.

Graduates can progress to an MSc and PhD courses at the Institute of Technology Carlow, or other third level institutions or 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 Brian O'Rourke 
BSc (Hons), MSc

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