Bachelor of Science In Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development and Analysis)

Bachelor of Science Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development and Analysis)

Course Overview

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  • AL734

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Explore Pharmaceutical Sciences:

This course provides the essential information and skills required for employment in the modern pharmaceutical sector. Learners acquire operational knowledge of the development of chemical-based and next generation, biotech-based therapeutics and their formulation into safe and effective medicines of high and durable quality. Using sophisticated apparatus and instrumentation, our graduates develop the bench and analytical skills that will give them a range of career options. In addition, we will help to grow the interpersonal skills required for you to interact with colleagues from other disciplines.

What will I experience?

An ideal programme for learners interested in a career in the pharmaceutical industry delivering synthetic, formulation, analytical, and transferable skillsets.

Combine enabling know-how across a range of methodologies critical to the successful development of marketable therapeutics.

In supporting a strong local cluster of drug substance, finished product pharmaceutical, diagnostic reagent, and medical device manufacturing, we regularly consult with companies to maintain the currency of our course provision.

Lecturers combine teaching expertise with industry experience. Many of our faculty have worked in the pharma industry and continue to maintain active contacts in this space.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Graduates may expect to find well remunerated positions and construct fulfilling careers in the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals sector, whether in an API/biologic drugs plant or in a finished drug product manufacturing facility. Many graduates progress to programmes of further study such as Year 4 of AL840 in AIT, elsewhere in Ireland, or further afield. A number have been successful in securing highly skilled roles in the pharmaceutical laboratory or technical services. Previous graduates have also obtained desirable roles in research, whether industrial or leading to a higher degree, in colleges or the wider public service such as forensics and environmental monitoring. Others are currently employed in agriculture, food, polymers and beverage concerns.

Additional Information

There are three different entry routes to pursue a pharmaceutical sciences degree at AIT:

  • Level 6 - Higher Certificate in Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) (AL632)

After completing Level 6 you can progress to Year 3 of AL734.

  • Level 7 - BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development & Analysis) (AL734)

After completing Level 7, for year 4, you can progress to the honours degree in pharmaceutical sciences (AL840).

  • Level 8 - BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (AL840)
      All three options can lead to an honours degree. If you choose the level 6 or 7 options you can graduate after two or three years’ study and enter the workplace at that stage with a qualification. Alternatively, if you choose to continue your studies, you can pursue a level 8 in pharmaceutical sciences.

    ​For further information about this programme, please contact

    Dr Nuala Commins

    Head of Department of Life & Physical Sciences,

    Athlone Institute of Technology.
    Tel: +353 (0)90 6468081

    Course Details

    Course Duration:
    3 Years
    CAO Course Code:
    Cut Off CAO Points:
    Median CAO Points:
    Course Award:
    Bachelor of Science
    Course NFQ Level:
    Level 7
    Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
    Minimum Entry Requirements:

    Minimum grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

    QQI: Any major QQI award with three distinctions and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C2017 or Leaving Certificate Maths at O6/H7.

    Course Structure

    Year 1

    Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics for Scientists, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Information Technology for Scientists, Scientific Computing, Current Scientific Issues through Enquiry Based Learning.

    Year 2

    Mathematics and Statistics, Gene Technology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Analytical Techniques, Organic Chemistry, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry.

    Year 3

    Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science, Pharmaceutical Separations, Coordination and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Dosage Form Design, Pharmaceutical Spectroscopy, Pharmaceutical Synthesis, Pharmaceutical Materials, Professional and Transferable Skills for Pharmaceutical Scientists, Pharmaceutical Statistics, Quality Assurance and Good Manufacturing Practice.

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