BSc in Pharmaceutical Science

Course Points
Course Duration
3 Years
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
30 Places

Course Summary

This three-year degree course will provide students with the skills and knowledge to work in the rapidly expanding (Bio)Pharmaceutical Industry in Ireland and worldwide.

Years one and two focus on the fundamental sciences and in Year Three there is an emphasis on relevant applied modules including Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Management. 

As well as getting a good grounding in all science subjects, you will learn how drugs and other medical products are manufactured and about drug regulatory issues. There is an option for graduates of this course to specialise further by progression onto an Honours degree course at DkIT in Biopharmaceutical Science.

Science is not just about what you study, but how you study it.

YEAR 1 - Semester 1:

YEAR 1 - Semester 2:

YEAR 2 - Semester 1:

YEAR 2 - Semester 2:

YEAR 3 - Semester 1:

YEAR 3 - Semester 2:


The Pharmaceutical Science course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, practicals and tutorials. Practicals include laboratory work. This programme contains a high level of hands-on experience at every level.

At DkIT we employ modern teaching methods and technology to promote active and engaged learning and develop transferable skills.

This course aims to educate and train scientists for employment in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, a major growth area of economic and strategic importance both in Ireland and Worldwide.

There are excellent career opportunities for graduates as:

  • Lab Technician
  • Quality Control / Assurance Analyst
  • Chemist
  • Process Development Technician
  • Project Assistant
  • Chemist/Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Validation/Manufacturing Technician

Graduates from this programme will have an opportunity to progress to the following Honours Degree programmes in DkIT:


Please find information on fees and funding here:

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements: 

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate including: 

  • At least one H5 Grades
  • AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7
  • AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
  • PLUS minimum points score of 200

A Leaving Certificate science subject is desirable.

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements: 

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 5 different subjects which must include:  

  • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better 
  • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better 
  • One subjects at either: 
    • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - E) 
    • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - E) 
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Grade Pass, Merit or Distinction). 
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma. Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Grade Pass, Merit or Distinction) 
  • The remaining subjects must be different from those presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at: 
    • GCSE (Grade A* - C) 
    • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E) 
    • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E) 
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E) 
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction). 
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).


The Pharmaceutical Science Degree at DkIT prepares you for the jobs of the future!

Students who enjoy a high level of practical (laboratory) work, combined with supporting theory would benefit from this course.

Dr Arjan van Rossum (Head of Department of Life and Health Sciences)
Phone: +353 429370265

Course ID DK783
Level 7
Duration 3 Years
Points 303
Places 30
School School of Health & Science
Department Life and Health Sciences
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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Northern Ireland & UK

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