BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology

BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology

Course Overview

  • 4

    Years

  • 8

    Level

  • 356

    Points

  • AL835

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Pharmacology is the branch of science concerned with the study of how drugs interact with cells, tissues and organisms. It also involves the study of how drugs are discovered, their sources and their chemical properties. On completing the BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology degree programme, the following career avenues and sectors are available to you:

• Pharmaceutical companies

• Toxicologist

• Clinical Research Associate (CRO)

• Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)

• Biotechnology sector

• Chemical safety and toxicology

• MSc/PhD and a career as a medical or a life-science research scientist

• Higher Education sector

• Professional Masters in Education (PME)

Graduate Medicine/Veterinary

Podcast BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology

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Podcast with Dr. Natasha McCormack, Programme Coordinator and Lecturer on the BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology programme at AIT

In this Podcast, Dr. McCormack discusses the brand new Pharmacology degree programme and the incredible opportunities available to students. Dr. McCormack discusses the teaching styles, the career opportunities, the modules students will take and lots more.



New STEM Building in the Faculty of Science and Health:

A new STEM building will open in the Faculty of Science and Health in AIT in 2024, as part of the Department of Education and Skills €200 million investment in Institutes of Technology. The state of the art STEM building will provide an excellent teaching space, with ultra-modern laboratories and instrumentation to support this new BSc(Hons) degree programme in Pharmacology.

New STEM Building in the Faculty of Science and Health to open in 2024
New STEM Building in the Faculty of Science and Health at AIT due to open in 2024

Research in Pharmacology:

Within AIT, there is a strong ethos for linking research to teaching, an important point which is increasingly being highlighted as best practice by learning institutions worldwide. Y4 students of the programme also have the opportunity to participate in one of the annual regional conferences of the Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Network.


AIT - 2019 Institute of Technology of the Year:

Another reason to choose this programme is that in 2019 AIT was awarded the Institute of Technology of the Year in The Sunday Times Good University Guide.


What will I experience?

You will study modules which will cover the following topics:

Structure

• Drug use in health and disease

• Drug-receptor theory

• Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

• Drug effects on physiological and pathophysiological processes

• Pharmacogenomics

• Toxicological principles and their application in safety pharmacology

• Principles of translational research and experimental medicine

• Analytical methods and statistical tools used to interpret pharmacological data

• The scientific method

• Methods for investigating the pharmacokinetic effects of drugs

• Drugs as tools in pharmacology research

• Reduction, refinement and replacement (3Rs) regarding the use of animals in research

• The pivotal role of pharmacology as an element of the multidisciplinary nature of all of the stages of drug discovery and development

• Clinical trials design principles

• The application of pathophysiological knowledge to providing insights into novel drug targets and therapeutic avenues

• Gene modification techniques as a drug discovery and development tool

• Commercial drug discovery techniques

• Drug quality, safety and efficacy regulations

• The effects of drug product formulation on drug substance action

• Challenges associated with developing and testing the safety and effectiveness of new therapeutic approaches (e.g., anti-cancer drugs, antiviral agents etc.)

• Ethical principles of research, clinical trials and the use of animals

• How pharmacology relates to societal challenges and public health

• The impact of pharmacology on patient care with respect to the safe and effective use of medicines (e.g., antibiotics)

The potential career paths afforded by a pharmacology degree

What opportunities might it lead to?

Opportunities for graduates from the BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology include employment across several different sectors (toxicology, medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological) in addition to a variety of options to furthering their education at MSc or PhD level in a cognate area.

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: ckealey@ait.ie

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Natasha McCormack, e-mail: nmccormack@ait.ie

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL835
Cut Off CAO Points:
356
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 in two higher- level subjects, Grade 05 in Mathematics at ordinary level, plus three subjects at Grade O6 at ordinary level. Subjects to include 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 Mathematics at O5/H7.

Lecturer Testimonial

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Dr. Natasha McCormack - BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology Programme Coordinator

This is an exciting new course involving a stimulating learning environment. Throughout the four years you will develop skills you will use in the real working world. Pharmacology is challenging, but I can promise you it is very interesting and stimulating

Lecturer Testimonial

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Dr. Anne Marie O'Brien

A core element of this programme will be delivered by Team-Based Learning (TBL), which is a structured form of small-group learning that emphasises student preparation out of class and application of knowledge in class.

Course Structure

Year 1

​Semester 1:

Learning and Development for Higher Education, Physics 1.1, Biology 1.1, Chemistry 1.1, Mathematics for Scientists 1.1, Information Technology for Scientists

Semester 2:

Physics 1.2, Biology 1.2, Mathematics for Scientists 1.2, Chemistry 1.2, Scientific Computing, Introduction to Pharmacology through Team Based Learning (TBL) 1

Year 2

Semester 3:

Organic Chemistry, Analytical Techniques 1, Gene Technology 2.1, Biochemistry 2.1, Mathematics and Statistics for Life and Physical Scientists 2.1, Microbiology 2.1

Semester 4:

Analytical Techniques 2, Gene Technology 2.2, Biochemistry 2.2, Mathematics and Statistics for Life and Physical Scientists 2.2, Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology, Introduction to Pharmacology through Team Based Learning (TBL) 2


Year 3

Semester 5:

Quality Control and Experimental Design, Practical Pharmacology, Drug Action and Molecular Pharmacology, Chemical Mediators and Cell Signaling

Semester 6:

Pharmacology Placement

Year 4

Semester 7:

Anti-infective and Anticancer Drugs, Drugs and Diseases, Neuropharmacology

Semester 8:

Toxicology, Contemporary Issues in Pharmacology, Project Theory & Practice

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

On completing the BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology degree programme, the following career avenues and sectors are available to you:

• Pharmaceutical companies

• Toxicologist

• Clinical Research Associate (CRO)

• Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)

• Biotechnology sector

• Chemical safety and toxicology

• MSc/PhD and a career as a medical or a life-science research scientist

• Higher Education sector

• Professional Masters in Education (PME)

• Graduate Medicine/Veterinary

Work Placement

Each learner will be required to complete a minimum of 20 weeks in an industrial or relevant placement working a minimum of 35 hours per week. This takes place in Semester 6 in Year 3.

Further Study

Graduates from the BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology will be academically well prepared to enrol on a research degree programme (MSc/PhD) at AIT or in other third-level Institutes. Graduates will also be qualified to undertake a variety of taught MSc programmes.

MSc/PgDip Biopharmaceutical Technology

Master of Science/Post Graduate Diploma

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