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Pharmaceutical Science (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Pharmaceutical Science (Hons) from Waterford Institute of Technology provides graduates with a range of transferable skills so that graduates are qualified for a wide range of science-based industries.

Students will be exposed to a broad range of subjects and laboratory instrumentation relevant to the pharmaceutical industry. A research project is also carried out in year 4. A six-month work placement is included in the third year of the course.

The pharmaceutical industry makes a vital contribution to society through the development and production of drugs such as antibiotics for infectious diseases, cancer treatment drugs and antiviral drugs for HIV. The pharmaceutical sector plays a vital role in Ireland’s economy with over 150 pharmaceutical companies, including 13 of the world’s top 15. There is a strong demand for graduates qualified in pharmaceutical science and employment prospects are excellent.


A degree in pharmaceutical science will provide graduates with skills that are much sought after in a range of sectors including:

  • Pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical industries
  • Quality control & quality assurance
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Research & development
  • Education & teaching after completing a Professional Master of Education
  • Food & drinks industry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
  • Cell Biology & Biochemistry
  • Physical & Organic Chemistry
  • Physics for Scientists
  • Mathematics for Scientists
  • Introduction to ICT for Scientists
  • Organic Chemistry and Biomolecules
  • Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopic Techniques
  • Chromatographic and Electrophoretic Techniques
  • Physical ChemistryI
  • Anorganic Chemistry
  • Statistics for Scientists
  • Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Processing
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Biopharmaceutical Science
  • Laboratory Data Analysis and Presentation
  • Applied Mathematics for Scientists
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Quality Methodologies
  • Pharmaceutical Synthesis and Characterisation
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation & Drug Delivery
  • Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
  • Pharmacology, Drug Design & Synthesis
  • Pharmaceuticals and Natural Products

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Minimum entry requirements:

  • 2 subjects: H5
  • 4 subjects: O6/H7
  • English or Irish: O6/H7
  • Mathematics: O6/H7

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10250 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Waterford

  • 670 - 1050 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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