The School of Pharmacy was established in 2003 and is based in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, which also comprises Schools of Clinical Therapies, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery. The School enrolled the first class of 50 undergraduate students for the B. Pharmacy degree in September 2003. Core staff include a Professor of Pharmaceutics, an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, lecturers in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and three laboratory technicians.
The mission of the School is to be of world class standard with recognized excellence in teaching and research, and to produce graduates qualified to work in the pharmaceutical industry, and as part of the healthcare team through community and hospital pharmacy.
The new undergraduate degree programme in Pharmacy will educate students to provide the highest level of pharmaceutical care as part of a health care team and will cultivate an ideal environment and necessary infrastructure conducive to interdisciplinary approaches to addressing research challenges relating to the translation of genomics, protomics and metabolomics into effective therapies.
The degree adopts an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on existing expertise in key disciplines across UCC including Pharmacology, Chemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Toxicology, Anatomy and Biochemistry, all of which have expertise in the education of students in the health professions at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional levels.
The School will provide postgraduate taught programmes in Hospital Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy directed at meeting in-service needs for enhancement or adaptation of skills and in anticipation of emerging needs.
The teaching of subjects in the School of Pharmacy, and indeed throughout the University, is modularised. Each year is worth 60 credits of modules. Each module is given a certain weighting of credits, depending on the course content. Listed below are some of the modules which will be taken by undergraduate pharmacy students throughout their four years of study.
PF1101 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry
PF1007 Pharmacy Practice I
PF1008 Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science
AN1074 Anatomy and Introductory Pathophysiology
PT1445 Foundation Pharmacology
PF2101 Pharmaceutical Chemistry II
PF2102 Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control
PF2007 Pharmacy Practice II
PF2008 Pharmaceutical Technology
BC2443 Molecular Biology
PL2033 The Nervous System
PT2447 Molecular Pharmacology
PF3001 Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals
PF3102 Pharmaceutical Chemistry III
PF3106 Clinical Practice I
PF3107 Pharmacy Practice III
PF3444 Clinical Microbiology
BC3443 Clinical Immunology
PT3445 Clinical Pharmacology
PF4001 Drug Design
PF4004 Pharmacy Project
PF4005 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
PF4007 Clinical Pharmacy II
PF4008 Novel Drug Delivery Systems
PF4009 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
PT4445 Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics