About Us

The School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences provides degree, postgraduate and training programmes in all areas of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences.  The School runs a number of degrees at ordinary (Level 7), honours (Level 8) and master’s degree level (9). These programmes make full use of the extensive laboratory facilities available as well as providing a broad background to theory and specific case studies. Our aim is to motivate, support and challenge learners in a friendly and collaborative environment.


Why study with us?

The School has particular expertise in many aspects of Environmental, Forensic and Medicinal Chemistry, as well as Chemical and Pharmaceutical Analysis and Technology. Undergraduate teaching laboratories in these subject areas are complemented by various initiatives including external Industry and International placements, real-world scenarios, community-based activities and use of relevant learning technology. The School has a long tradition of producing work ready graduates who are valued by both Industry and public bodies.


How many students do we have?

We currently have approximately 400 full time undergraduate students and 260 part time students (the latter from our partnership with Get Reskilled to upskill job seekers for the (Bio)Pharmaceutical and Medical Tech sectors). We also have 100 taught MSc students and 16 PhD (research) students, and provide chemistry support teaching to 500 science students, the majority of whom are undergraduates. In 2017, over 80 students graduated with qualifications from our Honours Degree programmes which are recognised and accredited by Professional Bodies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and the Teaching Council of Ireland


What research are we involved in?

The School’s research strategy is aligned to areas of strategic importance at Institute and national level namely Health, Environment and Industry innovation and engagement. Researchers from the School provide direct academic input to the Centre for Research and Engineering Surface Technology (CREST), the sole Technology Gateway at DIT, funded by Enterprise Ireland and the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Team (PRST) and many play an integral role within both the ESHI and FOCAS Research Institutes at DIT.