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Pharmacy

M.Pharm.; 75 places

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What is Pharmacy?

Pharmacy is the study of all aspects of drugs, both natural and synthetic in origin, including their chemistry, their uses in medicines, and how they work within the body. Pharmacists work in a variety of settings – community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and within the pharmaceutical industry, to name just a few. In many respects, their role as a key healthcare professional is to help people achieve the best results from their medications.

Pharmacy: The course for you?

While this degree is an essential requirement if you wish to practise as a community or hospital pharmacist, Pharmacy at Trinity opens up a wide variety of professional opportunities in both industry and the wider healthcare sector. A strong interest in science is important to fully enjoy the course.

Pharmacy @ Trinity

Trinity is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has world class facilities with research space in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), which develops Trinity’s leadership position in immunology, neuroscience and cancer. The School also has purpose built teaching spaces in the Panoz Institute, including the Boots Unit, a technology-enhanced learning space which allows students to dispense drugs and develop communication skills.

Structured professional placements are integrated throughout the new programme. A particular strength of the Trinity programme is the research project, which may take place abroad and gives students the opportunity to develop focused laboratory or field research with one-to-one supervision.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

As an expert in the discovery, development and optimal use of medicines, many career paths are open to pharmacists. Your career prospects as a Pharmacy graduate are excellent. Employment opportunities exist in community, hospital and industrial pharmacy, as well as in state services such as medicines licensing. In addition, you can opt to undertake research, or apply for entry to one of the postgraduate courses in hospital, industrial or community pharmacy. See: pharmacy.tcd.ie/postgraduate/ for further details.

Your degree and what you’ll study

The Pharmacy syllabus has been designed to provide you with an all-round education in both the basic and pharmaceutical sciences and in the practice of pharmacy itself. The five-year integrated Pharmacy programme comprises a variety of approaches to teaching Pharmacy by friendly, dedicated, enthusiastic and approachable staff: lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, small-group teaching, problem-based learning, site-visits, computer-assisted learning, web discussion boards, wikis, online group assignments, communication skills, career planning, clinical case studies, inter-professional learning, laboratory and dispensing practicals, and a research project.

Modules are assessed by final examinations and continuous assessment, such as written assignments, essays, lab reports, OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations), etc. which contribute to the overall mark in a module. There are approximately 16 hours of lectures, 6 hours of laboratory classes and 1 tutorial per week over the course of the Junior Freshman (first) year. Work experience in clinical and non-clinical settings will take place over all five years of the integrated Pharmacy programme.

FIRST (JUNIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR

Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry for Pharmacy, Physical Pharmacy I, Pharmaceutical Analysis I, Introduction to Pharmaceutics and Formulation, Mathematical Methods and Pharmaceutical Calculations, Practice of Pharmacy I, General Principles of Pharmacology.

SECOND (SENIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR

Properties and Analysis of Materials Used in Medicines, Physical Pharmacy, Formulation and Pharmaceutical Technology, Practice of Pharmacy II, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Molecular and Chemotherapeutic Pharmacology, Blood, Cardiovascular, Renal Pharmacology, Clinical Therapeutics.

THIRD (JUNIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry III, Natural Sources of Drugs and Substances Used in Medicines, Sterile Products and Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Practice of Pharmacy III, Endocrine and Reproductive Pharmacology, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology, Malignant Disease, Immunopharmacology, Pharmacology of the Eye, Neuropharmacology, Clinical Therapeutics.

FOURTH (SENIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR

Organisation and Management Skills, Professional Skills Development, Professional Practice, Pharmaceutical Data Analysis and Bioinformatics, Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry IV, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Biopharmaceutics and Drug Metabolism, Practice and Therapeutics and Professionalism and Ethics, Research Project.

FIFTH YEAR (M. PHARM. YEAR)

Industrial Pharmacy, Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Context, Legislation, Standards and Practice, Advanced Drug Delivery and Molecular Pharmaceutics, Practice of Pharmacy and Integrated Pharmacy Skills, Addiction Pharmacy, Supply of Medicines and Organisation and Management Skills, Leading the Safe and Rational Use of Medicines, Professional Practice and Public Health, Practice Research Project.

In the fourth and fifth year, you will undertake a research project. The following are some examples of research projects which students have undertaken in the past:

  • Medicines use and burden in people with intellectual disability
  • New targets for old drugs: Development of novel beta-lactams with anticancer activity
  • The development of dapsone cocrystals for pulmonary drug delivery

Study abroad and internships opportunities

We encourage our students (second and third year students) to undertake the summer research placement programme.

This programme allows pharmacy students carry out their research projects abroad (UK, Germany, Austria, France, US, Canada) over the summer (12 weeks) as part of their undergraduate degree programme. Students are either funded by the Erasmus programme or the School.

GET IN TOUCH!

www.tcd.ie/pharmacy

Email: pharmacy@tcd.ie

Tel: +353 1 896 2809

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pharmacytcd/

Twitter: @TCDpharmacy


What our graduates say

Kate O’Reilly, BSc. Pharmacy, 2014, Pharmacist at European Medicines Agency, London

“I feel my Pharmacy degree from Trinity prepared me for any career within the pharmaceutical realm and has opened up a myriad of opportunities in addition to the more traditional roles of pharmacy practice. The course has been an invaluable basis for my work and achievements to date, affording me a diverse range of career opportunities all of which are challenging yet very rewarding at the same time.”

Zoe Duncan, BSc. Pharmacy, 2014, Pharmacist in Saint John of God Hospital, Dublin

“The course curriculum is broad with emphasis on all aspects of medications from their development to patient use, encompassing the pharmacist skills required in all settings. The range of modules that we studied as part of the course enabled me to experience the many different aspects of the role of a pharmacist. I am confident that choosing to study pharmacy in Trinity has proven invaluable to me as part of my working life as it is an unequivocally interesting, dynamic and academic course.”

What our current students say

Megan Lennon, BSc. Pharmacy, 2nd year, Athlone

“I chose Pharmacy as it is a broad, professional degree with excellent employment prospects. I enjoy the practical aspects of the course, especially Pharmaceutics Labs and Clinical Skills sessions. The integrated work experience provides a fantastic insight into the different career paths, allowing us to become more informed about the options available. The Pharmacy Society DUPSA is brilliant. They organize social events such as wine receptions, movie nights and the Pharmacy Ball.”

Faiza Sefroun, BSc. Pharmacy, mature student, 2nd year, Dublin

“Studying Pharmacy in Trinity College is an amazing experience as it gave me the opportunity to use my chemistry background and to foster my passion for continuing education. As a mature student, I find the academic staff very approachable, supportive and helpful. They are passionate about providing an excellent undergraduate pharmacy course and work really hard to nurture the future generation of healthcare professionals. I look forward to my future as a pharmacist and I firmly believe that my choice to complete my studies at Trinity College is the best decision I have ever made.”

Faiza Sefroun, BSc. Pharmacy, mature student, 2nd year, Dublin

Studying Pharmacy in Trinity College is an amazing experience as it gave me the opportunity to use my chemistry background and to foster my passion for continuing education. As a mature student, I find the academic staff very approachable, supportive and helpful. They are passionate about providing an excellent undergraduate pharmacy course and work really hard to nurture the future generation of healthcare professionals. I look forward to my future as a pharmacist and I firmly believe that my choice to complete my studies at Trinity College is the best decision I have ever made.

Course Options

Award

M.Pharm.

Number of Places

75

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR072

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Graduate Entry:

A graduate entry route to this degree is also available. See: www.tcd.ie/study/eu/undergraduate/apply/pharmacy for further details.


Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Leaving Certificate OC3 or HD3 Mathematics HC3 Chemistry HC3 In one of physics, biology, mathematics, applied mathematics, geography, geology or agricultural science GCSE Grade B Mathematics Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade C Chemistry Grade C In one of physics, biology, mathematics, geology, geography or applied mathematics Other EU examination systemsSee www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/

Restricted entry

Precautions against Infectious Diseases Offers of admission to the following courses are made subject to certain vaccination requirements and/or certain negative test results. „ Clinical Speech and Language Studies „ Dental Science, Dental Hygiene, Dental Nursing, and Dental Technology „ Medicine „ Nursing and Midwifery „ Occupational Therapy „ Pharmacy „ Physiotherapy „ Radiation Therapy „ Social Studies (Social work) Full details are available at: http://www.tcd.ie/study/eu/undergraduate/ admission-requirements/infectious-diseases.

Students on courses with clinical or other professional placements may be required to undergo Garda vetting procedures prior to commencing placements. If, as a result of the outcome of the Garda vetting procedures, a student is deemed unsuitable to attend clinical or other professional placement, he/she may be required to withdraw from his/her course. Students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of 6 months or more will be required to provide police clearance documentation from the country (including different states) or countries in which they resided. Garda vetting forms will be distributed (as part of the student orientation information) to students who have been offered a place in Trinity. The completed forms must be returned to the Academic Registry prior to registration.

Note: In order to qualify to register as a pharmacist with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland students must also complete a fifth year, culminating in a M.Pharm. degree. There will be a postgraduate fee associated with the fifth year on the postgraduate register in Trinity, payable by the student. The M. Pharm. degree carries with it an entitlement to apply for registration as a pharmacist.


Apply

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EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Pharmacy, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2017

Non-EU Applicants

  • Pharmacy, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 30/JUN/2017
  • Advanced Entry Applications

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    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR072

    Options

    Graduate Entry:

    A graduate entry route to this degree is also available. See: www.tcd.ie/study/eu/undergraduate/apply/pharmacy for further details.