UCC CPD courses

Pharmaceutical Chemistry


Fact File

  • Title

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    To Be Confirmed

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €4000. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    This module is now closed for 2018-19.

  • Venue

    Exact rooms to be confirmed within the College of Medicine and Health.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    8th October, 2018.


Module Objective: To introduce chemistry principles underpinning the design, development, manufacture, analysis and control of pharmaceutical compounds.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Understand structure, stereochemistry and reactivity of organic compounds especially in relation to pharmaceuticals
  • Comprehend the factors which affect acidity and basicity of pharmaceutical compounds
  • Appreciate the information provided by a range of analytical techniques and their limitations
  • Analyse pharmaceutical processes
  • Understand and develop a systematic method for the analysis of drug compounds using a wide range of techniques
  • Understand the role of analytical chemistry support to various pharmaceutical processes including the study of drug degradation, by-products and unknown impurities
  • Demonstrate and apply the skills learned at the teleconference, workshop and other tutorial sessions.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 70hr(s) Directed Study (Distance learning); 2 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 3 x 2hr(s) Workshops; 1 x 3hr(s) Tutorials.



The module incorporates printed module workbooks, teleconferences, web-based seminars and online assessments.  The module runs for approximately four weeks.  The average amount of directed study that you are advised to undertake per module is about 10-15 hours per week.  The module consists of continuous assessment elements and a written exam.  The written exam takes place in April.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 100 marks; Continuous Assessment 100 marks (written assignments and in term tests).  Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.


As per MSc (Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems).

All candidates must be approved by the programme committee within the School of Pharmacy. Applicants may be short listed for interview.

A candidate must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours primary degree in a relevant science discipline (NFQ level 8) which has been approved by the programme committee (e.g. pharmacy, chemistry or the biological sciences);

Candidates must be currently employed in a relevant pharmaceutical sector (ideally greater than two years experience) and for the duration of the programme;

Consideration may be given to other applicants with suitable equivalent professional qualifications and significant industrial experience (greater than 5 years relevant experience in the industry).

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module in 2018-19 is €4000.  There is also a €35 application fee to be paid on submitting your application.

How Do I Apply

This module is now closed for 2018-19.



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