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.
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