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The B.Sc. (Pharmacy) Degree

The School aims, through the B.Sc. (Pharmacy) undergraduate programme, to produce pharmacy graduates who will enhance health care through their patient-oriented understanding of aspects of disease, health strategies, medicines and pharmacoeconomics of existing and new therapies.

The Pharmacy undergraduate syllabus leading to a B.Sc. (Pharm) degree is taught over four years and satisfies the requirements of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, i.e . the statutory registration body. It also complies with the training standards defined in three pharmaceutically relevant EU Directives –2005/36/EC as amended, 2001/82/EC as amended and 2001/83/EC as amended.

Directives 2005/36/EC specifies the educational requirements necessary for the mutual recognition of registered pharmacists within the European Economic Area (EEA) member states. Directives 2001/82/EC and 2001/83/EC specify the educational requirements necessary to perform the functions in the pharmaceutical industry of the ‘Qualified Person' i.e., one who is responsible for the supervision and control of the manufacture of pharmaceutical products for human and veterinary use.

While a Pharmacy degree is an essential requirement if you wish to practise as a community or hospital pharmacist, Pharmacy at Trinity provides graduates with a wide variety of professional opportunities in both industry and the healthcare sector.

The Pharmacy syllabus has been designed to provide students with an all-round education in both the basic and pharmaceutical sciences and in the practice of pharmacy itself.

The provision of a common Pharmacy syllabus allows individual graduates to choose for themselves the branch of pharmacy within which they wish to practise.

The pharmacy degree alone does not entitle you to practise as a pharmacist in community or hospital - graduates are required to undertake a one-year training period subsequent to the completion of their degree prior to registration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. The “internship year” may be undertaken in a range of pharmaceutical settings but at least six months of this year must be spent in community or hospital practice.

The Five-Year Pharmacy (Integrated) Programme

Programme Brochure

The model of pharmacist education and training is changing in Ireland (see The PSI website). As a result, the three schools of pharmacy in Ireland (TCD, UCC and RCSI) have worked with all the major stakeholders to develop five-year Pharmacy (Integrated) programmes for delivery in each of the institutions. For further information on this programme please navigate to the Five-Year Integrated Programme tab on the left.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees will be state-funded for the first four years of the programme for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria (see: A tuition fee will, however, have to be paid by all students for the fifth year of this programme. It is estimated that the fee will be circa €8,250.

Career opportunities

Career prospects are excellent. Employment opportunities for pharmacists exist in a number of different areas – community, hospital and industrial pharmacy, as well as in state services such as medicines licensing. In addition, graduates can opt to undertake research, or apply for entry to one of the postgraduate courses in hospital, industrial or community pharmacy. Please see How to become a Pharmacist for further information.

John Walsh

Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning: Associate Professor John Walsh

For general enquiries:
Telephone: +353-1-896 2809
Fax: +353-1-896 2810

Last updated 24 October 2017 by School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (Email).