Athlone Institute of Technology first in Ireland to receive APS accreditation in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Athlone Institute of Technology 2nd globally and 1st nationally to receive APS accreditation in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Athlone Institute of Technology is the first Higher Education Institute nationally and the second globally to receive accreditation from the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS), an esteemed UK-based professional membership body for Pharmaceutical Scientists.

The accreditation, which gives students and future employers assurance that the course meets the high standards required by the Academy, was bestowed upon AIT for its BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The BSc is a unique multidisciplinary programme that covers chemical-based and next-generation biotech-based therapeutics and their formulation into safe and effective medicines of high and durable quality. The four-year degree also explores new generation technologies such as nano-encapsulation and stimuli-sensitive polymers to determine which are most suitable for drug delivery.

Using sophisticated apparatus and instrumentation, graduates of the BSc develop the skills and competence required to enter the pharmaceutical industry. There are significant employment opportunities for suitably qualified graduates from this programme, particularly in the Midlands region which is a locus for many pharma and healthcare companies.

Dr Don Faller, Dean of Faculty of Science and Health, said: “We’re extremely proud to be the second Higher Education Institute globally and first nationally to receive this accreditation. It is a testament to the quality of the curriculum, the teaching facilities provided by the Institute, and the teaching and support staff, particularly Dr Jim Roche, Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences who was instrumental in achieving this accreditation.

“We’ve also received tremendous support from the IDA and the local pharma and biopharma industry with whom we’ve built strong links over the years. We are the only Irish Higher Education Institute to have received this accreditation to date, something I’m sure will imbue confidence in the minds of students currently considering their CAO Change of Mind options.”

The APS accreditation panel commended the Institute on the BSc programme’s practical and professional skills modules and noted the positivity and enthusiasm espoused by currently enrolled students. The BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences is also recognized for professional graduate admission to the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland (GradICI), the professional body representing chemists in Ireland.

Athlone Institute of Technology is a modern and dynamic HEI distinguished by outstanding learner experience, international focus and applied research and innovation. Awarded Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year, AIT is ranked 8th nationally of all HEIs in the league table comprising of Irish Universities and IoT’s. Athlone Institute of Technology boasts a wide array of courses in the Faculties of Engineering and Informatics, Business and Hospitality, and Science and Health. For the full list of courses on offer at Athlone Institute of Technology click here.

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