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B.Sc. (Pharm.), M.Pharm./Optional: B.Sc. (Pharm.) only ; 5 years full-time ; 75 places ; CAO points: 555 (2018)

Graduate Entry:

A graduate entry route to this degree is also available. See link for further details.

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+353 1 896 2809


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To facilitate this essential work, will be unavailable to students, staff and applicants during the period.

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 2018). 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 (unpaid) are integrated throughout the new programme and these take place in Years 2, 4 and 5. A particular strength of the Trinity programme is the undergraduate 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: 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 including: 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.

The programme is delivered as a series of integrated modules, examples of which include:

  • Physiology
  • Natural Sources of Drugs and Substances used in Medicines
  • Formulation and Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Molecular and Chemotherapeutic Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics
  • Blood, Cardiovascular and Renal Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics
  • Neuropharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics
  • Physical Pharmacy, Formulation and Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Advanced Drug Delivery and Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Drug Discovery and Design
  • Addiction Pharmacy
  • Practice of Pharmacy and Integrated Pharmacy Skills
  • Professional Practice and Public Health
  • Organisation and Management Skills

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 first year. Work experience in clinical and non-clinical settings will take place over all five years of the integrated Pharmacy programme.

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 internship 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.

Mark Lyons, M.Pharm., 2nd year, Longford

“What I really like about pharmacy in Trinity is how everything that you learn fits together. From day one you have a context for everything you learn, with the links between modules made clear throughout. From the chemistry of how medicines work to the practical techniques for making them in a lab and right up to the rules and regulations of how they’re dispensed, the whole course is a progression with each topic naturally flowing into the next. There’s labs and assessments throughout the year meaning you don’t have the stress of everything hinging on one big exam at the end, and the lecturers all have a genuine interest in their students doing well. If you have an interest in science, a desire to learn more about how medicines and diseases work and want to be part of one of the most rapidly expanding industries in the Country then this is the course for you.


Course Options

Graduate Entry:

A graduate entry route to this degree is also available. See link for further details.

Course Details


B.Sc. (Pharm.), M.Pharm./Optional: B.Sc. (Pharm.) only


5 years full-time

CAO Points Required

555 (2018)

Number of Places


Minimum entry points required are 555 (2018)
More information on minimum entry points

Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Leaving Certificate  O4 or H6 Mathematics H4 Chemistry or Physics/Chemistry and H4 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 Further Mathematics

Combinations of subjects not permitted Physics/Chemistry may not be presented with Chemistry or Physics to satisfy requirements. 

See Health Screening requirements

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.

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. This fee for students entering the fifth year in 2019/20 is expected to be €8,250 for EU students, and €16,500 for non-EU students. [All fees and charges are subject to annual review and are likely to increase each year. A full listing of fees may be found on the College website] The M.Pharm. degree carries with it an entitlement to apply for registration as a pharmacist in the Republic of Ireland.

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Telephone Number

+353 1 896 2809