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M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy

Duration: Two years, part-time hybrid course
Closing Date: 30th June 2023, for admission in the following January (biennial intake)
Application:Applications for this course should be made online through this link. Two references are required, only one of these should be academic.
Course Code: DPTPH-HPHA-1P01
Course Co-ordinator: Adj. Asst. Prof. Niamh McMahon
Graduate Studies Homepage: Graduate Studies Office

Winner of the 2019 GradIreland Postgraduate Course of the Year Award in the Health Sciences Division, the M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy is the longest running postgraduate hospital pharmacy course in Ireland. It is also unique, in that it is the only broad-based hospital pharmacy course in Ireland, covering both clinical and non-clinical aspects of hospital pharmacy practice.

Key features of the course include the following:

  • Delivered via a hybrid model (mixture of face-to-face study days, online live webinars and pre-recorded lectures), this provides flexibility for learners, who are also practising hospital pharmacists.
  • Provides students with expert knowledge and skills necessary to undertake all aspects of hospital pharmacy including clinical pharmacy, dispensary and drug distribution, administration and management, aseptic compounding, pharmacoeconomics and medicines information.
  • Intensive practical experience will be gained by each student during his or her hospital attachment under the expert guidance of an assigned tutor(s)
  • Provides graduates of our M.Sc. programme with excellent opportunities to fill specialist and leadership roles across a wide range of both clinical and non-clinical areas in hospital practice.
  • Face-to-face teaching sessions from clinical experts and hospital managers, who are leaders in their field.
  • Opportunity for students to network with pharmacists from other Irish hospitals.

Admission requirements

  • Eligible candidates must hold a first or second class (Grade 1) honours degree (or equivalent) in Pharmacy.
  • Candidates must be registered (or eligible to be registered) with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland before the January 2024 course start date (see
  • Candidates must have minimum 8 months hospital pharmacy practice experience.
  • Interviews will be held for training places in the following course approved hospitals: Beaumont Hospital, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St. James's Hospital, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital and Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore. The successful applicants will be based in full-time employment in one of the participating hospitals for the two-year duration of the course.

Course structure & content

The course is delivered via a hybrid model, with a mixture of face-to-face and online learning. Students have access to Trinity's online virtual learning environment (Blackboard 9.1).

The M.Sc. is divided into 9 modules:

Module Name


PH7301 - Practice of Hospital Pharmacy

A broad based module, where all course components are drawn together i.e. core clinical skills, professional and problem-solving skills, medicines information, and dispensary functions.

PH7302, PH7303 & PH7304 - Medical therapeutics I & II & Surgical therapeutics

The role of the pharmacist in the treatment of diseases and in the management of the surgical patient. These modules deal with the major therapeutic areas e.g. cardiology, respiratory etc. and are underpinned by the practice-based hospital rotations.

PH7305 - Aseptics & Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

To provide students with a fundamental understanding of aseptic processing in hospital pharmacy.

PH7306 & PH7307 - Medical Specialities Part I & II

Deal with specialist areas e.g. renal, intensive care, neurology, psychiatry, paediatrics etc. The importance of immunology & the emerging role of new and sophisticated biotechnology products are covered here. An introduction to gene therapy is also included.

PH7308 - Health Services Management

General management issues pertaining to personal and professional development such as leadership, organisational and communication skills, negotiating skills, conflict management and teamwork are covered. Quality and risk management, national trends and policies in relation to healthcare, and legal and ethical considerations will be covered. Various guest lecturers contribute to this module. Pharmacoeconomics and its various applications are covered here in this module.

PH7000 - Research Module

This aims to provide an understanding of research design and methodologies, and incorporates a practical statistics programme, with an emphasis on hospital pharmacy research and data analysis.

All modules are compulsory.
This course is delivered by Adj.Asst.Prof. Niamh McMahon with the support and assistance of the following lead tutors:

  • Miriam Coghlan, B.Sc.(Pharm), M.Sc., MPSI, St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8.
  • Evelyn Deasy, B.Sc. (Pharm), M.Sc., MPSI, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin 24
  • Laura Dillon, B.Sc. (Pharm), M.Pharm, M.Sc., MPSI, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 1
  • Martin Ferguson, B.Sc.(Pharm), M.Sc., MPSI, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9
  • Michelle Griffin, B.Sc. (Pharm), M.Sc., MPSI, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • Claire Keane, B.Sc. (Pharm.), M.Sc., MPSI, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin 4
  • Fionnuala Kennedy, B.Sc. (Pharm), M.Sc., MA, MPSI, Mater Private Hospital, Dublin 1
  • Danielle Neale, B.Sc. (Pharm), M.Pharm, M.Sc, MPSI, Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Co. Offaly 
  • Mairead O’Connor, B.Sc., M.Pharm, M.Sc., MPSI, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 1
  • Susan Spollen, B.Sc. (Pharm), M.Sc., MPSI, Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Lectures are delivered by clinical pharmacy specialists, doctors, nurses and managers from hospitals nationwide.


Assessment of the course includes written examinations, written assignments, oral presentations, and a written dissertation (max. 20,000 words in length) or completion of a research project and production of a paper for submission to a target journal, in either a clinical or non-clinical area, with both academic and hospital based tutor support.
Previous research projects of the M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy (PDF)

Students also undergo a competency based training programme to assure competence in delivery of patient care, problem solving and personal competencies. This also helps students to develop the necessary skills for lifelong Continuous Professional Development, a requirement for continued registration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, which is managed by the Irish Institute of Pharmacy.

For the award of the M.Sc., candidates must satisfy the examiners in both the taught and research components of the course. Students may be called to attend a Viva-Voce examination, conducted by an External Examiner.


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