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Pharmaceutical Healthcare / Cúran Sláinte Chógaisíochta


 DT422:Student Perspective

 DT422:Course Description

 DT422: Student Prospective (Biopharmaceuticals stream)  

What is... Pharmaceutical Healthcare?

The Pharmaceutical Healthcare programme provides students with an integrated Programme of practice and theory focussing on the key concepts in pharmaceutical sciences and technology.

The Programme develops students’ knowledge of the fundamental principles, as well as latest developments and applications, equipping them for employment in a variety of areas within biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, as well as associated industries.

The Programme also gives students a broad understanding of the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries, in order to meet the current and anticipated technical and skills needs of these industries.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Upon completion of the Programme you will be equipped with the skills to work in a variety of roles within the science and technology industries. The variety of roles our graduates are employed in include; quality control/assurance, product manufacture and development, sales and clinical trials.

Employers of our graduates include; Mylan, Novartis, Pfizer, Servier and Valient.

Graduates have also entered Graduate Development Programmes in large multinational companies such as Abbot, where there are ongoing and expanding opportunities in the coming years in Ireland and internationally. 

What other options do I have after completion?

You may also consider further studies after you graduate. Due to the research focus of the Programme, many of our graduates have pursued Postgraduate Masters Degrees (taught and research) and PhD’s in DIT, TCD, UCD, DCU and overseas. Alternatively, graduates may also consider a teaching career once a suitable postgraduate teaching qualification has been completed. 

Module Listing

Year One:

  • Principles of Cellular and Principles of Systems Biology
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic/Organic/Physical Chemistry
  • Introductory Physics
  • Mathematics for Scientists
  • Computer Applications and Digital Skills
  • Basic Microbiology
  • Introduction to Manufacturing and Introduction to Biopharmaceuticals

Year Two:

  • Structural Biochemistry and Transformational Biochemistry
  • Natural Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Instrumentation for (Bio) Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Process Technology
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Quality Systems

Year Three:

  • Biotechnology
  • Principles of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Chemical Technology
  • Work Placement

Year Four:


  • Research Dissertation
  • Responsible Research
  • Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
  • Design of Experiments and Multivariate Analysis
  • Process Analytical Technology
  • Optional Module
Pharmaceutical Manufacture Stream Biopharmaceutical Manufacture Stream
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery and Synthesis
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Advanced Biotechnology
  • Bioprocessing
  • Immunology and Diagnostics

Is there an Advanced Entry Option?

Yes. An application to any year after Year 1 is called Advanced Entry.

  • All applications are made through CAO and not directly to us here in TU Dublin. Click here to apply.
  • Closing dates for application is 1st June.

Learning outcomes/What will I study?

You will primarily learn about how the fundamental sciences are applied to biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Throughout the Programme there is a strong focus on the core competencies and skills that will prepare you for the work environment in the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and allied industries, both during the Programme as part of your work experience and also after you graduate.

The Programme has two discipline streams in Year 4 which underpin core modules in the area of (bio) pharmaceutical manufacturing. These two streams will allow you to specialise into either small molecule pharmaceuticals or biopharmaceuticals. The Programme is structured over four years and covers a comprehensive range of disciplines including scientific, technological, manufacturing, developmental and regulatory areas related to the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries. The Programme includes the options of extended external placement or international placement and this will give you the opportunity to develop independence, confidence and build upon your disciplinary expertise and knowledge you have gained.

Finding employment in an industrial/research environment post-graduation will be aided by developing your key personal and interpersonal employability skills throughout the Programme. The provision of challenging self-directed learning exercises, cumulating in a final year research project, will enable you to become a graduate that is self-reliant, problem-solving, innovative and self- motivating.

You have the opportunity to both study and work abroad within the Programme. You can choose to complete a semester, a full year, project work or work placement abroad under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP)/ERASMUS mobility schemes.

Studying, or work placement, abroad is permitted subject to an approved selection procedure and where an agreement exists between DIT and the proposed host institution.

Further Information

T: (01) 402 4379 (Dr Barry Ryan)


“DIT’s BSc Pharmaceutical Healthcare degree provides students with a diverse and thorough background into the pharmaceutical industry. It incorporates a wide range of topics which provide excellent training in scientific principles, self-discipline, practical applications, organisational and computing skills.

I fulfilled my placement in the Immunology Department within the Central Pathology Laboratories, St. James’ Hospital. During which I easily transferred theoretical knowledge into practical uses. I am currently working as a QC Analyst performing analysis on Oral Solid Dosage formulations. I now have the option of branching out into multiple fields within the pharmaceutical sector as well as biopharmaceutics”