Bachelor of Science BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development and Analysis)

BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development and Analysis)

Course Overview

  • 1

    Year

  • 7

    Level

  • Add-on

    Course

Why take this course?

This course provides the essential information and skills required for employment in the modern pharmaceutical sector. Students acquire operational knowledge of the development of chemical based and next-generation, biotech-based therapeutics and their formulation into safe and effective medicines of high and durable quality. Using sophisticated apparatus and instrumentation, you will develop the bench and analytical skills that will give you a range of career options. In addition, we will help to grow the interpersonal skills required for you to interact with colleagues form other disciplines.

What will I experience?

This one-year, add-on degree programme provides an integrated, co-ordinated and comprehensive education in pharmaceutical science as a broad discipline. It will equip you to work in a wide range of sectors such as pharmaceutical and health care companies, contract research and testing, chemical companies, government agencies, health services, to mention just a few.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Graduates may expect to find well remunerated positions and construct fulfilling careers in the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals sector, whether in an API/biologic drugs plant or in a finished drug product manufacturing facility. Many graduates progress to programmes of further study such as year 4 of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science in AIT, elsewhere in Ireland, or further afield. A number have been successful in securing highly skilled roles in the pharmaceutical laboratory or technical services. Previous graduates have also obtained desirable roles in research (industrial or leading to a higher degree) in colleges or the wider public service such as forensics and environmental monitoring. Others are currently employed in agriculture, food polymers and beverage concerns.

Additional Information

For additional information about this Level 7 undergraduate programme, please contact:

Head of Department: Dr. Carmel Kealey, Head of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biotechnology, Tel. +353 (0)906468081; e-mail: ckealey@ait.ie

Programme Coordinator: Mr. Jim Roche, Tel. +353 (0)906468087; e-mail: jroche@ait.ie

Course Details

Course Duration:
1 Year
Registration Closing Date:

Online applications for this programme for the academic year 2022-2023 commencing in September 2022 are accepted from March 1 - June 1, 2022

How to apply to this programme at AIT:

ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Course Commencement Date:

​September 2022

Course Award:
Bachelor of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Department:
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Level 6 Higher Certificate in Applied Science (AL632) or equivalent qualification received from another 3rd level Institution.

Student Testimonial

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Aine Heslin, Diagnostic Technologist, Abbott Ireland

“This is a challenging but rewarding course and the skills developed means the student has confidence when entering the work place.”

Course Structure

Year 3

​Semester 5:

Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science, Pharmaceutical Separations, Coordination and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Quality Assurance and Good Manufacturing Practice

​Semester 6:

Dosage Form Design, Pharmaceutical Spectroscopy, Pharmaceutical Synthesis, Pharmaceutical Materials, Professional and Transferable Skills for Pharmaceutical Scientists, Pharmaceutical Statistics

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Graduates may expect to find well remunerated positions and construct fulfilling careers in the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals sector, whether in an API/biologic drugs plant or in a finished drug product manufacturing facility. Many graduates progress to programmes of further study such as year 4 of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science in AIT, elsewhere in Ireland, or further afield. A number have been successful in securing highly skilled roles in the pharmaceutical laboratory or technical services. Previous graduates have also obtained desirable roles in research (industrial or leading to a higher degree) in colleges or the wider public service such as forensics and environmental monitoring. Others are currently employed in agriculture, food polymers and beverage concerns.

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