BSc (with Honors) in Pharmaceutical Component Chemistry

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 22,130 / year

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Program description

BSc Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds (CPC) is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on the chemistry and biology of the pharmaceutical industry and includes a five-month industrial placement. </ span >

The course is an excellent path to careers in the pharmaceutical industry and is accredited by the Irish Institute of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Industry experts lecture on pharmaceutical technology, regulatory issues and industry in Ireland. Our placement scheme includes application training and interviews. Interviews with companies will be organized.

Core subjects include organic, analytical, and pharmaceutical chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology, supported by modules in physical and inorganic chemistry, physiology, mathematics, and physics.

Senior research projects are written on pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutical bioscience.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and solve problems related to pharmaceutical products.
  • Describe the fundamental chemistry and biology of pharmaceutical products.
  • Design experiments in chemistry and pharmaceutical biology.
  • Communicate with pharmaceutical scientists.
  • Commit yourself to the pharmaceutical manufacturing process and appreciate the opportunities and challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry.

Why choose this course

The BSc Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds (CPC) is the only course in Ireland that covers both the chemistry and biology that underpin the pharmaceutical industry.

Additionally, CPC is the only undergraduate chemistry course to offer an organized placement scheme in the pharmaceutical industry. Feedback on both student and company placements is excellent.

CPC is the only course where industry experts introduce themselves on key technical and economic aspects of the industry.

CPC is on the Teaching Council’s Auto-Qual list to be eligible to apply for PDE for teaching Biology and Chemistry.

Information about skills and careers

In this course, you will acquire skills in the synthesis and analysis of pharmaceutical products using chemical and biochemical technologies. The laboratory skills you will acquire include synthesis, chromatography (for example, HPLC), and spectroscopy (for example, NMR).

You will also learn presentation skills such as document and poster preparation, oral presentation, and interview skills. Problem solving skills are developed in interactive group problem solving sessions.

CPC is a path to careers in:

  • Support and development of pharmaceutical processes
  • Development of new processes
  • Supply chain management
  • Financial and human resources management
  • Drug discovery research

The pharmaceutical industry in Ireland is a major employer of CPC graduates. Graduates of this course are also working at leading research and development sites outside of Ireland.

Program structure


  • Cell, Biomlecules, Genetics and Evolution
  • Introduction to biochemistry and the biological bases of diseases
  • Physiology and structure of plants and animals
  • Microbiology in society
  • Foundations of modern chemistry 1
  • Fundamentals of modern chemistry 2a
  • Calculus for Science I and II
  • Physics for Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Biomolecules
  • Principles of metabolic pathways
  • Main group and transition element chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Energetic and Kinetic
  • States of matter
  • Structures and reactions of main group compounds
  • Aromatics, Carbonyl and Alkenes
  • Spectroscopy
  • Structure, Bonding and Quantum Mechanics
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology
  • Physiology
  • Structural biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Synthesis, structure and reactivity of organic compounds
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Natural products and reaction mechanisms
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Technology and pharmaceutical solids
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Chemotherapy and pharmacology of inflammation.

In addition, you will perform an industrial placement between years 3 and 4 during the five-month period from May to October.

  • Protein science
  • Advanced Organic Synthesis, Biosynthesis and Reactivity
  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Design and development of pharmaceutical chemistry drugs
  • Job title
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Applied Pharmacology and Toxicology


Range of research projects

Admission requirements

  • The minimum requirement 1 x H4, 1 x H5, 4 x O6 / H7; Math and lab science courses are required.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an official degree translated into English will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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