Teaching of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UCC

Pharmacology (from Greek φ?ρμακον, pharmakon, "poison in classic Greek; drug in modern Greek"; and -λογ?α, "Study of" -logia) is the study of the interactions that occur between a living organism and chemicals that affect normal or abnormal biochemical function. The field encompasses drug composition and properties, interactions, toxicology, therapy, and medical applications and antipathogenic capabilities. In pharmacology, therapeutics refers to the use of drugs and the method of their administration in the treatment of disease. The discipline is fundamental, in both teaching and research, to programmes across biological and health sciences.

 

Teaching at undergraduate level includes:

  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Therapeutics

 

Courses are delivered in various degree programmes of:

 

The College of Medicine & Health

    • School of Medicine

    • School of Pharmacy

    • Cork University Dental School and Hospital

    • School of Nursing and Midwifery

 

The College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

    • Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology

    • BSc Hons Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds

    • BSc Hons Chemistry with Forensic Science

    • BSc Hons Neuroscience

    • BSc Hons Physiology

    • BSc Hons Nutritional Sciences 

    • BSc Hons Biochemistry

 

 

Undergraduate Medical students

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics presents the following modules to:

Second year undergraduate medical students

Third year undergraduate medical students

 

 

Graduate Entry Medical  Programme.

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics makes substantial contributions to the following modules:

First year Graduate entry

 

Second year Graduate entry

First and Second year Graduate entry: Small Group Learning (Case-based, student-led tutorials) part of the modules Fundamentals of Medicine I-IV

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes series of 19 lectures in Therapeutics to the fourth year Undergraduate Medical students and third year Graduate Entry Medical students as part of the module CP4004 Fundamentals of Adult Disease. In addition, the department coordinates and contributes to workshops in Safe Prescribing.

 

Further Information

 See UCC information for undergraduate students webpage: CK701 Medicine (undergraduate entry) and CK791 Medicine (graduate entry)

For further information about this course please view the School of Medicine website, and the College Calendar .

 

Pharmacology is one of  four core disciplines in the honours degree in Pharmacy (B.Pharm) which was established in UCC in October 2003. Two academics hold joint appointments between the School of Pharmacy and the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics (School of Medicine).

Undergraduate Pharmacy Students

Students take a series of pharmacology modules throughout the B. Pharm programme:

First year

Second year

Third year

Fourth year

Staff of the the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics also participate in supervising Pharmacy students undertaking laboratory-based research projects in their final year.

 

Postgraduate Pharmacy Training

The Department contributeswith the module PT6401 Pharmacology (5 credits) to the Masters in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems a two-year distance learning MSc programme, developed by the School of Pharmacy UCC, which is targeted at suitably-qualified graduates who are currently working within the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Further Information

  

See UCC information for undergraduate students webpage: Pharmacy - CK703

For further information about this course please view the School of Pharmacy website, and the College Calendar 

 

Undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) Degree students

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics presents the following modules to:

Second year undergraduate BDS students

Third year undergraduate BDS students

 

The Diploma in Dental Hygiene

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes to the following module in the second year of the Diploma in Dental Hygiene programme

 

 Further Information

See UCC information for undergraduate students webpage: CK702 Dentistry (BDS) (Hons) and Diploma in Dental Hygiene

For further information about these courses please view the Cork University Dental School and Hospital website, and the College Calendar .

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes to the undergraduate Programmes in School of Nursing and Midwifery with teaching on the module  NU2031 Nursing and Midwifery Practice in Drug Therapy.

 Further Information

See UCC information for undergraduate students webpage: Degree Courses in the College of Medicine and Health

For further information about this course please view the School of Nursing and Midwifery website, and the College Calendar .

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics offers an Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology to medical students who have passed the Third University Examination in Medicine and who have attained an aggregate mark of at least 60%.

This one year programme include the modules:

 plus elective modules in cognate disciplines to the value of 15 credits, agreed with the programme co-ordinator.

 Further Information

 For further information about this course please view the the College Calendar .

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics is one of the main contributing Departments to the multidisciplinary degree programme BSc in Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds (30-35 credits across the final two years of the programme).

This degree programme is designed to produce graduates equipped with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in areas of the biological and chemical sciences most relevant to the discovery and manufacture of pharmaceuticals. The course include modules in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Molecular Biology and Statistics, laboratory practical classes, research projects and a summer work placement in industry.

The core modules for this degree programme delivered by Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics are

In third year:

In fourth year:

 Further Information

  See UCC information for undergraduate students webpage: Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Compounds (BSc) - CK402

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes to the teaching of

BSc Hons Chemistry with Forensic Science.

Third year:

BSc Hons Neuroscience

Third year:

 Fourth year:

BSc Hons Physiology

Third year:

BSc Hons Nutritional Sciences

Fourth year:

BSc Hons Biochemistry

Third year:

 

Postgraduate Education and Training is mainly by research (MSc, MD, PhD). 

 

Departmental Graduate Studies Committee

Chair: Dr. Orla Barry

Members: Dr. Ashley Allshire, Dr. Niall Hyland and Dr. Frank van Pelt

 

Current Postgraduate and Postdoctoral staff in the department

Ms. Kate Dillane, Research Scientist (Dr. Anne Moore)

Dr. Olivia Flynn, Post-doctoral Scientist in vaccine-induced immunity (Dr. Anne Moore)

Dr. Kinga Gebolys, PhD Candidate (Dr. Ashley Allshire)

Dr. Shane Hegarty, Post-doctoral Research Assistant (Dr. Barry Boland)

Dr. Caroline O’Sullivan, Post-doctoral Scientist in drug delivery (Dr. Anne Moore)

Ms. Aoife Quinlan, Research Scientist (Dr. Anne Moore)

Ms. Anja Tetzner, MSc Candidate (Prof. Thomas Walther)

Dr. Sonja Vučen, Post-doctoral Scientist in drug delivery (Dr. Anne Moore)

 

Other Postgraduates Co-Supervised by Staff:

School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UCC

Mr. Lucas Jagodzinski, PhD candidate (co-supervision, Prof. John O'Halloran, Dr Frank van Pelt, Dr Marcel Jansen)

 

School of Pharmacy, UCC

Mr. Evin Allen, PhD candidate (Dr. Anne Moore, Dr. Abina Crean)

Ms. Aisling Sheehan, Ph.D. candidate (Dr. Anne Moore, Dr. Abina Crean)

 

PROTEOBIO, Department of Chemistry, Cork Institute of Technology

Ms Justine Dauphard, PhD candidate (co-supervision, Prof. John O'Halloran, Prof. Kevin James, Dr Frank van Pelt, Dr Mary Lehane)

 

Recent Graduates from the Department

Dr. Carol O’Callaghan, PhD Candidate (Dr. Orla Patricia Barry)

Dr. Kevin Lomasney, PhD Candidate (Dr. Niall Hyland)

Dr. Barbara Doerr, PhD Candidate (Dr. Frank van Pelt)

Dr. Miriam O’Sullivan, PhD Candidate (Prof. David Kerins)

Dr Alan Hanley, MSc in Cardiology candidate (Prof. David Kerins)

Useful Links

UCC Graduate Studies webpage

Quick Guide to Major Masters Thesis Submission (92kB).

Further details can be found on the Graduate Studies webpage.

Quick Guide to MD Thesis Submission (90kB)

Further details can be found on the Graduate Studies webpage.

Quick Guide to PhD Thesis Submission for Students (95kB)

Further details can be found on the Graduate Studies webpage.

Postgraduate modules for research students.

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