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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 final year of the B.Sc. Degree Programme is 2017-18

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.

Curriculum overview

The aim of the B.Sc. (Pharmacy) course is to provide students with a basic education in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Practice of Pharmacy in all its forms. To quote from the Accreditation Document of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland "the purpose of undergraduate pharmacy education (the pharmacy degree course), is to produce pharmacy graduates who are able to communicate and apply in their chosen field of practice; the elements of pharmaceutical knowledge and care and whose relevant skills are based upon and underpinned by appropriate and sufficient understanding of the principles and techniques of the pharmaceutical sciences".

In order to achieve the aims of the course, the syllabus has been designed to provide students with learning opportunities in some of the basic sciences, the Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Practice of Pharmacy.

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Assessment Strategy

Modules covered in the four years of the course are listed below:

Junior Freshman Year
Cell & Molecular Biology
Sources & characteristics of substances used in medicines
Physical Pharmacy I
Discovery, isolation, separation & analysis of substances used in medicines
Introduction to pharmaceutics & formulations
Mathematical methods & pharmaceutical calculations
Practice of Pharmacy I
Orientation & learning skills & integrated pharmacy studies
Senior Freshman Year
Pharmaceutical properties of materials used in medicines
Physical pharmacy II
Isolation, separation & analysis of substances used in medicines
Formulation & pharmaceutical technology
Microbiology & Biochemistry
Practice of Pharmacy II
Professional development & career planning
Pharmaceutical biotechnology I
General principles of pharmacology
Molecular pharmacology & chemotherapy
Junior Sophister Year
Medicinal & pharmaceutical chemistry III
Natural sources of drugs & medicines
Sterile products
Pharmaceutical data analysis & bioinformatics
Practice of pharmacy III
Pharmaceutical biotechnology II
Endocrine & reproductive pharmacology & veterinary pharmacy
Respiratory & gastrointestinal pharmacology
Blood, cardiovascular & renal pharmacology
Senior Sophister Year
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry IV
Ectoparasiticides, natural remedies & complementary medicine
Advanced drug delivery
Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, biopharmaceutics & drug metabolism
Practice of pharmacy IV1
Practice of pharmacy IV2 (including Electives)
Addiction pharmacy
Malignant disease, immunopharmacology & pharmacology of the eye
Research Project

Student Handbook Years 3 & 4