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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 in the World’s Top 50 programmes by QS (2015).

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 recognised 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. New state-of-the-art Pharmacy Building, Research equipment and facilities
  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 CEGEP:

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Students must have an overall minimum of 80%. Students must obtain competitive scores in Chemistry, Mathematics and either Physics or Biology.

  • Entry standards in International Baccalaureate:

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

Minimum Higher Grade 5 in Chemistry, Mathematics and either Physics or Biology.

Minimum Subsidiary Grade 5 in the remaining three subjects.

  • Entry standards in GCE A Level, Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate, STPM Examinations:

a)   For those presenting three subjects:

Grades ABB, AAC* or higher at the SAME sitting in Chemistry and two of the following three subjects – Physics, Biology and Mathematics – provided a minimum Grade B at GCSE/O level or equivalent examination has been attained in the remaining subject.


b)   For those presenting four subjects:

Grades ABCC* or BBBB or higher grades at the SAME sitting in Chemistry, Mathematics and either Physics or Biology.

*UCC requires a minimum grade B at A level (or equivalent) in Chemistry for Pharmacy.

  • Matriculation

Students must also present passes in 6 subjects drawn from A levels or Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate or STPM Examination and School Certificate Examination or SMP Examinations in order to satisfy the University’s matriculation requirements.

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.

 UCC Pharmacy Brochure v3
UCC Pharmacy Brochure
Award Title: Master of Pharmacy
Length of Program: 5 years
Intake: September
Application Deadline: Mid-June however, they may accept beyond if places still available
Interview: via Skype
Number of Seats 10
Annual Tuition Fees: Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203
Country: Ireland