Bachelor of Science (Honours) BSc(Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences

BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

This programme provides the essential information and skills required for employment in the modern pharmaceutical sector. Students 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, you will develop the bench and analytical skills that will give you a range of career options. In addition, we will help to grow the interpersonal skills required for you to interact with colleagues form other disciplines.

What will I experience?

This one-year, add-on honours degree programme provides an integrated, co-ordinated and comprehensive education in pharmaceutical science as a broad discipline. It will equip you to work in a wide range of sectors such as pharmaceutical and health care companies, contract research and testing, chemical companies, government agencies, health services, to mention just a few.

Additional Information

For additional information about this Level 8 undergraduate programme, please contact:

Head of Department: Dr. Carmel Kealey, Head of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biotechnology, Tel. +353 (0)906468081; e-mail:

Programme Coordinator: Mr. Jim Roche, Tel. +353 (0)906468087; e-mail:

Course Details

Course Duration:
1 Year
Registration Closing Date:

Online applications for this programme for the academic year 2022-2023 commencing in September 2022 are accepted from March 1 - June 1, 2022

How to apply to this programme at AIT:


Course Commencement Date:

​September 2022

Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Level 7 – BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (AL734) or equivalent Level 7 BSc qualification received from another 3rd level Institution

Student Testimonial

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Aine Heslin, Diagnostic Technologist, Abbott Ireland

“This is a challenging but rewarding course and the skills developed means the student has confidence when entering the work place.”

Course Structure

Year 4

​Semester 7:

Project Theory and Practice, Contemporary Issues in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Pharmacognsy and Natural Products, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs, Metals in Medicine

Semester 8:

API Discovery and Characterisation, Bioanalytical Techniques in Therapeutics, Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Experimental Design and Validation, Medical Devices and Advanced Therapies

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

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 the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science in TUS, 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 (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.

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Further Study

Graduates from the add-on BSc(Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences will be academically well prepared to enrol on a research degree programme (MSc/PhD) at TUS or in other third-level Institutes. Graduates will also be qualified to undertake a wide range of taught MSc programmes, including the MSc/PgD in Biopharmaceutical Technology at TUS.

MSc/PgDip Biopharmaceutical Technology

Master of Science/Post Graduate Diploma

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