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The Five-Year Integrated Pharmacy Programme (M.Pharm)

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.

Programme Brochure

Junior Fresh Orientation Sessions 2023

Junior Fresh Orientation Week takes place from Monday 18th September. All incoming Junior Fresh (first year) Pharmacy students are asked to attend the Pharmacy Orientation sessions on Friday 22nd September in LTEE1 in the basement of the Panoz Institute. Information about the day and time can be found here.

Curriculum overview

The new curriculum and structure for the Five-year Pharmacy (Integrated) Programme commenced in September 2015.  Those students who carry on to successfully complete year four of the programme will be awarded a B.Sc. (Pharm.) and may progress into a postgraduate fifth year which leads to the award of a M.Pharm. The M.Pharm. will be required for registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. Students participating in the new programme will be subject to the then-applicable postgraduate fees and costs which will be payable for the fifth year.

The Five-year Integrated Pharmacy programme comprises a variety of approaches to teaching Pharmacy by friendly, dedicated, enthusiastic and approachable staff: Lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, small-group teaching, problem-based learning, site-visits, computer-assisted learning, web discussion boards, wikis, online group assignments, communication skills, career planning, clinical case studies, inter-professional learning, laboratory and dispensing practicals and a research project.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are 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 €8,000.


Modules are assessed by final examinations and continuous assessment, such as written assignments, essays, lab reports, OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations), etc. which contribute to the overall mark in a module. There are approximately 16 hours of lectures, 6 hours of laboratory classes and 1 tutorial per week over the course of the Junior Fresh (first) year. Work experience in community, hospital and industry occurs throughout the course.

Junior Fresh

Code Module Title ECTS
PGU11006 Physiology 5
BYU11P01 From Molecules to Cells 5
BIU11PH1 Biochemistry 5
PHU11101 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry for Pharmacy 10
PHU11102 Physical Pharmacy I 5
PHU11103 Pharmaceutical Analysis I 5
PHU11104 Introduction to Pharmaceutics and Formulation, including Mathematical Methods and Pharmaceutical Calculations 10
PHU11106 Practice of Pharmacy I 10
PHU11109 General Principles of Pharmacology 5

Senior Fresh

Code Module Title ECTS
PHU22101 Properties & Analysis of Materials used in Medicines 10
PHU22102 Physical Pharmacy II, Drug Transport and Kinetics 5
PHU22104 Formulation and Pharmaceutical Technology 10
PHU22106 Practice of Pharmacy II 10
PHU22108 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and Biotechnology 10
PHU22110 Molecular & Chemotherapeutic Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics 10
PHU22111 Blood, Cardiovascular & Renal Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics 5

Junior Sophister

Code Module Title ECTS
PHU33103 Natural Sources of Drugs and Substances used in Medicines 10
PHU33104 Sterile Products and Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 10
PHU33106 Practice of Pharmacy III 10
PHU33109 Endocrine & Reproductive Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics 5
PHU33110 Respiratory & Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics 10
PHU33111 Malignant Disease, Immune & Ocular Systems and Clinical Therapeutics 10
PHU33112 Neuropharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics 5

Senior Sophister

Code Module Title ECTS
PHU44100* Organisation and Management Skills 10
PHU44200* Professional Skills Development 10
PHU44300* Professional Practice 10
PHU44102 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Drug Discovery and Design 5
PHU44106 Evidence Informing Practice 10
PHU44112 Senior Sophister Capstone Research Project 15

*Placement Modules

5th Year

Code Module Title ECTS
PHP55101 Industrial Pharmacy 5
PHP55103 Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Context, Legislation, Standards and Practice 5
PHP55104 Advanced Pharmaceutics 5
PHP55106 Practice of Pharmacy & Integrated Pharmacy Skills 10
PHP55108 Addiction Pharmacy 5
PHP55100 Supply of Medicines and Organisation and Management Skills 5
PHP55200 Leading the Safe and Responsible Use of Medicines 5
PHP55300 Professional Practice and Public Health


PHP55500 Experiential Learning & Professional Registration Examination 15
PHP55400 Pharmacy Practice Research Project 30

Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning:
Associate Professor Astrid Sasse

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