The School of Pharmacy was established in 2003 and is based in the College of Medicine and Health, which also comprises Schools of Clinical Therapies, Dental School and Hospital, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery. The School enrolled the first class of 50 undergraduate students for the B. Pharmacy degree in September 2003.

From September 2015 students who enter the UCC Pharmacy programme will graduate with a Level 9 MPharm degree. This programme 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, 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 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 the pharmacy students throughout their five years of study.

Year 1

  • Principles of Human Structure
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Physiochemical Basis of Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmacy Practise I
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science
  • Introduction to Physiology for Pharmacy I
  • Foundation Pharmacology

Year 2

  • Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical Technology - Solid Oral and Sterile Dosage Forms
  • Professional Pharmacy Core Skills
  • Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmacy Practice II
  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Drug Action and Toxicity

Year 3

  • Gastrointestinal, Hepatic and Endocrine Systems
  • Cardiovascular, Renal Systems & Eye
  • Professional Practice III
  • Respiratory, Musculoskeletal & Dermatological Systems
  • Clinical Immunology and Infection
  • Regulatory Science
  • Pharmacokinetics, from Basic principles to Clinical applications
  • Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals

Year 4

  • Organisation and Management Skills
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Professional Practice
  • Clinical Practice I
  • Central Nervous System
  • Novel Drug Delivery
  • Pharmacy Project

Year 5

Core modules:

  • Clinical Practice II
  • Emerging Drugs, Drug Design and Mechanism of Action
  • Supply of Medicines & Organisation and Management Skills
  • Leading the safe and responsible use of medicines
  • Professional Practice and Public Health
  • Pharmaceutics of Advanced Therapies
  • Research Dissertation

School of Pharmacy


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