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Pharmacy Program at UCC

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Today we’re looking at the 5 year Pharmacy program at University College Cork.
Duration: 5 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: MPharm
Next Intake: Sept 2015
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A pharmacist is a healthcare team member specifically concerned with drugs and medicines. Pharmacy at UCC provides the confidence, skills and knowledge to make a difference in the pharmaceutical arena.

The four main areas of study on this four-year course are pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry; formulation design; drug action in the body and the practice of pharmacy. The course incorporates both basic sciences learning and the practice of pharmacy, as well as a number of placements as outlined above.

The School of Pharmacy has state-of-the-art facilities designed to teach pharmacy to a world-class standard. These include laboratories, teaching and tutorial rooms, and a model pharmacy. Innovative technology is used in over-the-counter (OTC) “responding to symptoms” tutorials. This technology uses interactive patient scenarios across many types of diseases.

Exciting new changes to Pharmacy Education

From September 2015 students who enter the UCC Pharmacy programme will graduate with a level 9 MPharm degree. Once you have successfully completed your first four years (BPharm) you will then progress to the fifth year (MPharm). This new and exciting change in Pharmacy education in Ireland has come about because the Irish professional Pharmacy body (the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, PSI) now requires graduates to have completed a Masters degree before entering the PSI Register and practising as a Pharmacist.

So what does this mean for you?

The pharmacy degree is designed to integrate both the subjects you will study and the placements you will undertake so that you can really understand and apply your knowledge of science and healthcare to drug treatments for patients. Placements will be an integral part of the programme over the five years. There will be a one day placement in first year, two weeks in second year, two months at the end of third year (summer period), four months in fourth year and eight months in the final year. Placements can be carried out in community, hospital or industry as well as within regulatory organisations but the final eight month placement in your fifth year must be carried out in a patient facing setting.

Lets look at the breakdown of all the years and exactly what you’ll study!

Year 1

  • Principles of Human Structure
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Physiochemical Basis of Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmacy Practise I
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science
  • Introduction to Physiology for Pharmacy I
  • Foundation Pharmacology

Year 2

  • Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical Technology – Solid Oral and Sterile Dosage Forms
  • Professional Pharmacy Core Skills
  • Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmacy Practice II
  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Drug Action and Toxicity

Year 3

  • Gastrointestinal, Hepatic and Endocrine Systems
  • Cardiovascular, Renal Systems & Eye
  • Professional Practice III
  • Respiratory, Musculoskeletal & Dermatological Systems
  • Clinical Immunology and Infection
  • Regulatory Science
  • Pharmacokinetics, from Basic principles to Clinical applications
  • Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals

Year 4

  • Organisation and Management Skills
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Professional Practice
  • Clinical Practice I
  • Central Nervous System
  • Novel Drug Delivery
  • Pharmacy Project


Year 5

Core modules:

  • Clinical Practice II
  • Emerging Drugs, Drug Design and Mechanism of Action
  • Supply of Medicines & Organisation and Management Skills
  • Leading the safe and responsible use of medicines
  • Professional Practice and Public Health
  • Pharmaceutics of Advanced Therapies
  • Research Dissertation



  • Personalised Medicine
  • Medication Review and Pharmaceutical Care Planning
  • Industrial Pharmacy – Elective
  • From first idea to first-in-man: an overview of the drug discovery and preclinical development process
  • Immunization Policy and Practices for Pharmacists

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