BSc (with Honors) in Industrial and Pharmaceutical 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 Rate: From 16,465 € / year

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Are you interested in a career that can really make a practical contribution to help address the challenges the world is currently facing, for example, the discovery of new drugs to fight diseases or the invention of new materials for biomedical devices?

Do you have a knack for science and technology and would like to use these talents in a well-paying, intellectually satisfying, and productive career as a professional chemist?

If so, this may be the program for you.

Program description

The Industrial Chemistry and Pharmaceutical degree course qualifies you for employment in a variety of career paths in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biomedical and chemical sectors. The course structure combines theory and practical work to ensure graduates are well prepared for the challenges of a position in each of these fields upon graduation. The fundamental and applied aspects of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry are covered, as well as the key elements of computational chemistry and chemical engineering.

In the third year of the program, you will spend eight months as a paid full-time employee of a pharmaceutical or chemical company during the internship (Cooperative Education). The course is accredited by the Irish Institute of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) with graduates eligible for RSC Chartered Chemist status.

The program lasts for four years. Having followed a comprehensive first year common (LM123) where students will learn about a variety of topics including;

  • Chemistry (inorganic, organic, analytical and physical)
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Introductory physics
  • Introduction to biochemistry

Program structure

Semester 1

  • General chemistry 1
  • Biology 1
  • Science Mathematics 1
  • Lab calculations
  • Introduction to biosciences and the environment
  • Introduction to applied chemistry and biochemistry
  • Introduction to scientific calculations

Semester 2

  • Biology for biosciences
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • introduction to physics
  • Science Mathematics 2
  • General chemistry 2 (inorganic)
  • General chemistry 2 (physics)

Semester 3

  • Mathematics 3
  • Physical chemistry 2 (Advanced kinetics and photochemistry)
  • Analytical chemistry 1
  • Organic chemistry 2 (mechanism and reaction)
  • Inorganic Chemistry 2 (Periodicity and Transition Elements)

Semester 4

  • Math 4
  • Physical Chemistry 3 (Phase Equilibria)
  • Analytical chemistry 2 (separation methods)
  • Organic Chemistry 3 (Biomolecules and Heterocycles)
  • Process technology 1 (process modeling and control)

Semester 5

  • Physical Chemistry 4 (Electrochemistry)
  • Analytical chemistry 3 (analysis of solids and surfaces)
  • Organic chemistry 4 (polymers)
  • Process technology 2 (fluid flow and heat transfer)
  • Process technology 3 (reactor design and operation)

Elective 1:

  • Photochemical
  • Process technology 3

Semester 6

  • Cooperative education

Semester 7

  • Pharmaceutical formulation
  • Process technology 4 (mass transfer separations)
  • Pharmaceutical organic chemistry 1
  • Final project 1

Elective 1:

  • Security and industry
  • Bioprocess engineering

Semester 8

  • Pharmaceutical organic chemistry 2
  • Analytical Chemistry 4 (Advanced Spectroscopy)
  • Batch process engineering (pharmaceutical)
  • Final project 2

Elective 2:

  • Chemical nanotechnology
  • Troubleshooting process

Employability skills of this grade

  • Analyze and solve problems
  • Monitoring / keeping of records and data
  • Working as a team
  • Communication (verbal and written)
  • Excellent laboratory techniques
  • Specific knowledge in the traditional fields of chemistry, inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and materials.
  • Strong mathematical and numerical ability
  • Time management
  • IT skills

Admission requirements

  • Applicants will require a baccalaureate degree officially translated into English.
  • IELTS 6.0 or higher (or its internationally recognized equivalent).
  • TOEFL 580 (on paper) or 90 (on the internet).
  • UL has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2021/2 admission (due at the closing of the exam centers). The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this for certain programs.

Applicants must possess at the time of enrollment the established Certificate of Completion (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects that must include: two H5 grades (higher level ) and four O6 (ordinary level) or four H7 (upper level) Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or other language, and English.

In addition, applicants must have a minimum grade of O3 / H7 in Mathematics and a grade of H4 in any of the following: Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics , Physics with Chemistry.

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