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UCC Master of Pharmacy Overview

Students will graduate with the new integrated 5-year Undergraduate-level Master’s degree. Once you have successfully completed your first four years (BPharm) you will then progress to the fifth year (MPharm). The degree programme is an integrated programme with 14 months of placements undertaken throughout the 5 years. Placements can be carried out in community, hospital or industry as well as within a regulatory organization but the final eight-month placement in your fifth year must be carried out in a patient facing setting.

This degree gives QP status, which means a graduate can work as a qualified person in the pharmaceutical industry anywhere in the EU.

The MPharm enabled UCC’s School of Pharmacy to rank amongst the world’s top universities.

There are four main areas of study within the pharmacy degree: Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Delivery, Drug Action in the Body and the Clinical and Practice aspects of pharmacy. These subjects are taught in every year of the pharmacy degree.

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10 good reasons for studying Pharmacy at UCC:

  1. World University Rankings Top 50 PharmacyRanked in the TOP 50 in QS World University Ranking, 2015
  2. Professional qualification recognized globally, including in Canada
  3. Degree recognized by the HPRA for Qualified Person (QP) status in the Pharmaceutical industry throughout Europe
  4. High calibre students
  5. Ireland’s leading Pharmaceutical Research Institute
  6. MPharm competency-based programme
  7. Students are prepared for the working environment in community, hospitals and industry
  8. Strong links with the pharmaceutical industry and geographic proximity
  9. Purpose-built pharmacy building which houses a model pharmacy, spacious teaching laboratories and a processing suite and clean-room facility
  10. Beautiful campus close to all amenities, student accommodation & hospital for pharmaceutical practice

Career prospects

There are many and diverse career prospects for pharmacists, both in Ireland and abroad. Career opportunities include the healthcare sector, such as community and hospital pharmacy; the pharmaceutical industry; medicines research and development, and regulation and quality control. Other broad areas such as pharmacy law, animal health, academia and research are also open to graduates of pharmacy.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Entry standards for students presenting the OSSD:

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Overall minimum of 80% in top 6 U,U/C,M courses including Gr 12 U English.  Students must obtain competitive scores in Chemistry, Mathematics and either Physics or Biology.

  • Entry standards for students presenting the BC Diploma:

Overall minimum of 86% in top 5 acceptable Gr 12 courses (including provincial exams where applicable).

  • Entry standards in International Baccalaureate:

Minimum attainment of 36 points in the International Baccalaureate as follows:

Minimum Higher Grade 5 in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics or Biology
Minimum Subsidiary Grade 5 in the remaining three subjects

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition

The Master of Pharmacy offered through the University College Cork, Ireland (UCC) is recognized by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI)

It is the student’s responsibility to contact their local credentialing body for re-entry pathways. The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) is the national certification body for the pharmacy profession in Canada. Upon returning, students must go through an evaluation procedure with the PEBC.

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University College Cork Ranked In Top 50 European Universities

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UCC is ranked in the top 50 universities for teaching and learning according to the Times Higher Education* Europe Teaching Rankings.

250 universities in eight European countries were ranked for their student teaching and learning environments and their student outcomes.

The performance indicators were grouped into four key areas:

    • Engagement-does the institution effectively engage with its students?
    • Resources– does the institution have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching?

University College Cork Neuroscientist Awarded Distinguished Prize

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Professor John Cryan, Head of the Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience and Principal Investigator in the APC Microbiome Institute, will become the first UCC scientist to be awarded the Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award from Neuroscience Ireland later today (August 28).

Professor Cryan will be presented with the award at NUI Galway during Neuroscience Ireland’s biennial meeting, which serves as a multidisciplinary forum for knowledge and expertise sharing, thereby facilitating excellence in neuroscience research in Ireland. …

EU ranking success for UCC

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(UCC) scored top marks across five core areas ranked in the EU-sponsored U-Multirank published today (Thursday, March 30, 2017).

U-Multirank is the most comprehensive ranking system internationally as it judges university performance on 35 indicators across five core areas which are marked from ‘1’ (very good) to ‘5’ (weak).  The areas ranked include Teaching, Research, Knowledge Transfer, …

UCC video transports viewers to ‘Hogwarts of Ireland’

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has released a video focused on the many connections between its campus and Hogwarts from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, clocking up thousands of views online.

Viewers are urged to ‘depart from Platform 9 ¾ at 11 a.m. sharp on the #Hogwarts Express to UCC…’, referencing where young wizards travel from at King’s Cross station in London to reach the British wizarding school, located in the Highlands of Scotland. …

University College Cork’s Green Campus Among Best in World

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has been ranked fourth in the world in a list of the world’s most sustainable universities, achieving the highest result in Ireland.

Universitas Indonesia (UI) released its UI GreenMetric Rankings of World Universities 2015, having measured the commitment made by over 400 universities across the globe in developing an ‘environmentally-friendly’ infrastructure.

UCC ranked higher than other universities in Ireland, including DCU (58th), …

Award Title:Master of Pharmacy
Length of Program:5 years
Application Deadline:February 1
Interview:via Skype
Number of Seats10
Annual Tuition Fees:Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203