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Hospital Pharmacy (M.Sc.)

2 years part-time ; 10 places

Course Description

The M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy consists of a practice-based teaching programme complemented by lectures, tutorials and workshops. The course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake all aspects of hospital pharmacy. Subjects covered include medical and surgical therapeutics, medicines information, pharmacoeconomics, purchasing skills, good manufacturing practice and aseptics, immunology and biotechnology. Management issues as they relate to hospital pharmacy and the broader context of healthcare systems are also addressed. Coursework is underpinned by a comprehensive practice-based element where students rotate through a variety of specialist areas to ensure that broad, practical experience is obtained in such areas as medicines information, dispensary, aseptic compounding and clinical specialities. Assessment is on a continual basis through formal examinations, written assignments, oral presentations and competency-based assessments. Students are required to undertake a research project and must demonstrate research competency. Research and methodological skills are addressed in a dedicated module that also covers an introduction to statistical evaluation. This is a two-year, part-time course with lectures and tutorials taking place on one half day per week in central locations. Courses are conducted on a biennial basis.

From Graduate of M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy

I have found that the Trinity Masters in Hospital Pharmacy has provided me with an extensive education in all areas of hospital pharmacy. I feel that the course is unique in that it provides face-to-face interaction with lecturers, which worked really well for me in terms of understanding and affording the opportunity to ask questions. I particularly appreciated the confidence I gained in my daily work, as I put into practice the up-to-date knowledge base that was delivered to the highest standard from experienced lecturers. The structure of the course allows for the development of a comprehensive set of skills both academic and practical, which have definitely stood to me in my career today.

Course Details


2 years part-time

Number of Places


Course Coordinator

Ms Niamh McMahon

Next Intake

January 2020

Closing Date

30 June 2019
  1. Eligible candidates must hold a first or second-class honors (upper division) degree in pharmacy, have experience working in hospital pharmacy practice and be registered (or eligible to be registered) with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland prior to the January start date. Please note that for applications to this course two references are required; one academic and one non-academic. Please note that some students will have to attend interviews in order to compete for clinical placements.

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Telephone Number

+353-1-416 2586/2467