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Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry / Eolaíochtaí Ceimiceacha le Ceimic Mhíochaineach


What is... Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry?

This chemistry degree focuses on how chemistry can be used for medicinal applications - including drug design, synthesis, and delivery. Graduates of this programme will have skills and expertise in synthetic chemistry applicable for the pharmaceutical and other industries. The programme is recognized by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates can anticipate working in the pharmaceutical industry facilitating the development of new and better medicines as well as the chemical (paints, dyes, adhesives, inks), and allied industries (food, beverages, medical devices, cosmetics, semiconductors). The skill-set developed provides the graduate with an excellent basis for working in a variety of areas including production support, quality and assurance, technical services, research and development and technical sales. Graduates can also take a career in the teaching profession.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students can continue their studies on taught or research programmes (Masters, PhD) at DIT or other institutions as well as professional courses such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Learning Outcomes: What will I study?

The 4 year degree course is designed around a core chemistry syllabus in organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry and incorporates analytical chemistry. The medicinal chemistry component is introduced in the first year of the course and built on in subsequent years. In second year, chemical and pharmaceutical processes and technology are explored and themes developed in third and fourth year. The degree course has a holistic approach to its subject matter to prepare students for the employment market. A key feature in Year 3 of the course is the placement abroad, which begins in Semester 2. Access to a suite of modern instruments and equipment ensures that a high standard of laboratory skills is achieved. Important transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, planning, problem-solving and critical analysis are also developed during the degree course.

‘The Programme is recognised by the Institute of Chemistry in Ireland for Graduate Membership and accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. In addition it is recognised by The Teaching Council for teaching Chemistry to Leaving Certificate level.’

Module Listing

Year One

Introductory modules in science, along with degree specific modules in medicinal chemistry and the human body and disease.

Year Two

A range of modules in chemistry, as well as specialized modules in stereochemistry, biomolecules & organic Synthesis.

Years Three & Four

In Year 3 and Year 4, students continue to expand their knowledge in chemistry and its applications to medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical processes. Year 3 also includes an ERASMUS/placement in semester 2, where students spend 6 - 7 months working in a professional environment. In Year 4, students complete a research project in a topic of interest to them.

Further Information

School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

T: 01 402 4759 (Grainne Hargaden, Programme Chair)

T: 01 402 4572 (Goretti Murphy, School Administrator)




What our Students say!

I enjoyed my undergraduate studies in DIT, I particularly enjoyed the practical element of the course. I believe this practical element of DIT courses is one of the major strengths of a DIT award, bringing a proper sense of the applications of chemistry outside the class room.