• » Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science
    CAO Code  LY867
    LYIT internal code  LY_SPMED_D
    Duration  3 Years
    Standard Code Places:  26
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This new course covers the full range of core subjects in science and in particular Pharmaceutical science. Pharmaceutical scientists have key analytical skills which can be applied in many industrial, research and government laboratories. This course is intrinsically multidisciplinary in nature. The degree emphasises the importance of analytical and medicinal sciences to the modern pharmaceutical, and medicinal product sectors as well as related chemical industries.
    The B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science is a three-year programme, during which extensive time is spent in a range of well-equipped laboratories. The first year of this programme provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of science as well as introducing key skills that are transferable to future employment opportunities. The first year is common with some other programmes in the science department and this allows potential students the option of changing their specialisation up to the end of their first year.
    In the second year students on this programme study a range of topics including Medicinal Drug discovery, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, as well as modules such as Instrumentation which teach the practical techniques involved in analysis of materials. In the third year of the programme students study topics including Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Medicinal Science of Natural Products as well as continuing to extend their skills in modern analytical techniques used in chemical analysis. The final year also includes modules on research methods and on quality and regulations.
    At all stages practical and theoretical aspects of the modules offered will be integrated. Every effort is made to provide a learning environment in which the students' enthusiasm for their subject is fostered and their intellectual, personal, and practical skills developed.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Minimum Points Score 160
    • Min. Five O6/H7
    • English or Irish O6/H7
    • Maths F2/O6/H7
      QQI (FET)/CAS
    • Have obtained any FETAC Level 5 award.
    Northern Ireland/UK Applicants click NI/UK
    What will I have to study?
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Introductory Biology Mandatory  5  5
     Chemistry 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Physics 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Mathematical Skills for Science 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Transferable Skills 1 Mandatory  10  6
     1/2  Animal & Plant Biology Mandatory  5  5
     Chemistry 2 Mandatory  5  5
     Physics 2 Mandatory  5  5
     Mathematical Skills for Science 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Transferable Skills 2 Mandatory  10  6
     2/3  Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Mandatory  10  7
     Organic Chemistry Mandatory  5  5
     Instrumentation 1 Mandatory  10  7
     Medicinal Drug Discovery Mandatory  5  3
     2/4  Pharmaceutical Chemistry Mandatory  5  4
     Biochemistry Mandatory  10  7
     Instrumentation 2 Mandatory  10  7
     Data Methods for Science  Mandatory  5  4
     3/5  Pharmaceutical Analysis Mandatory  10  6
     Medicinal Drug Analysis Mandatory  10  6
     Research Skills Mandatory  5  3
     Pharmacology Mandatory  5  3
     3/6  Pharmaceutical Microbiology Mandatory  10  6
     Medicinal Science of Natural Products Mandatory  5  7
     Industrial Processes and Medical Devices Mandatory  10  3
     Quality & Regulations Mandatory  5  3
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme learners may progress to a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree (Level 8) in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science.  Graduates from this programme may also pursue further studies at other Universities in Ireland or abroad. Acceptance on any programme is at the discretion of the college to which the candidate applies.
    Career Opportunities
    Holders of the B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science have a diverse and widening range of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical, medicinal science, environmental and chemical industries. The larger employers include, Allergan, Abbott Ireland, Randox, Pfizer Ireland, MSD, Genzyme Ireland, Norbrook Laboratories and Megazyme
    This course begins in September each year.
    • Contact: Dr. Joanne Gallagher, Head of Department of Science, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
    • E- Mail: joanne.gallagher@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6302