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 courseare 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
Since 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.
Year 1 Modules:
AN1075Principles of Human Structure for Pharmacy Students (5 credits);
BC1443 Biochemistry (10 credits);
PF1009 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry (10 credits);
PF1010 Physiochemical Basis of Pharmaceuticals (5 credits);
PF1011 Pharmacy Practice I (5 credits);
PF1012 Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science (10 credits);
PL1400 & PL1401Introduction to Physiology for Pharmacy I & II (5 credits each);
PT1445 Foundation Pharmacology (5 credits)
Year 2 Modules:
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; Cellular and Molecular Basis of Drug Action and Toxicity
Year 3 Modules:
Gastrointestinal, Hepatic and Endocrine Systems; Cardiovascular, Renal & Eye Systems; Professional Practice; Respiratory, Musculoskeletal & Dermatological Systems; Clinical Immunology and Infection; Regulatory Science; Pharmacokinetics, from Basic principles to Clinical Applications; Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals
Year 4 Modules:
Organisation and Management Skills; Professional Skills Development; Professional Practice; Clinical Practice; Central Nervous System; Novel Drug Delivery; Pharmacy Project
Year 5 Modules:
Clinical Practice; 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 in Pharmacy
Personalised Medicine; Medication Review and Pharmaceutical Care Planning; Industrial Pharmacy; From First Idea to First-In-Man: an Overview of the Drug Discovery and Preclinical Development Process; Immunization Policy and Practices for Pharmacists.
Some Year 4 and Year 5 modules are completed while on placement.
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
- Register with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland on the Register of Pharmacists;
- Evaluate interventions to improve prescribing in practice and within the health care team;
- Practise Pharmacy competently in the primary care/secondary setting with due regard to the competencies set out in the Core Competency Framework for Pharmacists Document;
- Communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals for the purpose of counselling and advising on medicines and their safe usage and supply;
- Interpret and evaluate prescriptions and supply medicines in accordance with current legislation and professional codes of practice;
- Apply the physiochemical properties of drugs underpinning the design, development and manufacturing of emerging medicines;
- Outline the physiological, biochemical, molecular and genetic basis of disease, drug therapy and drug delivery;
- Recognise common disease states and respond appropriately to presented symptoms;
- Conduct a literature review, design a research protocol, collect and interpret data and write a dissertation.
See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.
Course Code: CK703
Course Title: Pharmacy
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 5 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165. It should be noted that a postgraduate fee will have to be paid for the fifth year of this programme. This cost will be approximately EUR 7,500.
2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in Chemistry and H4 in either Physics or Biology and O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate in Irish, English, another language and Mathematics.
Entry Points: 2016:565. Points may vary from year to year.
Next Intake: Sept 2016
Expected lecture/lab/practical hours: This is a full-time degree course. A typical day might start with lectures in the morning followed by laboratory sessions in the afternoon. To help you to understand the contents of lectures, helpful tutorials also form part of the learning day.
Expected reading hours:In addition to face-to-face contact, you are responsible for reading around your subjects to build on the foundation of knowledge laid down by the lectures.
Field trips: One site visit per year to local pharmaceutical industries is usually organised, in addition to placements in hospital or community pharmacies.
Placements: First year one day; second year two weeks; third year 2 months (summer period); fourth year 4 months; fifth year 8 months.
This programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy Â– full details may be found here
Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on this progamme.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of asessment including multiple-choice questions, practical reports, computer aided exams, essays and research reports.
You will also be assessed on your ability to practice as a pharmacist, and this is examined through an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). You will have the opportunity to sit mock examinations in practicals, written examinations and OSCEs.
EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online atwww.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie.) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.
Further Contact Information
Manager, School of Pharmacy
T: +353 (0)21 490 1662