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Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Biological and Chemical Sciences (Common Entry) - LM123

Course code:
LM123
Duration:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. Emmet O'Reilly
Email: Tel:
+(353) 61 234663
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus
 
 

Are you interested in a career that can really make a practical contribution to helping address the challenges that presently face the world, e.g. the discovery of new drugs to fight disease, or inventing new materials for biomedical devices?

Have you a flair for science and technology and would like to use these talents in a well-paid, intellectually satisfying and productive career as a professional chemist?

If so, then this may be the programme for you.

Why Study Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry at UL?

The Pharmaceutical & Industrial Chemistry degree course qualifies you for employment in a variety of professional careers in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biomedical and chemical sectors. The course structure combines both theory and practical work to ensure graduates are well prepared for the challenges of a position in each of these fields upon graduation. Fundamental and applied aspects of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry are covered as well as key elements of computational chemistry and chemical engineering.

In the third year of the programme, you will spend eight months as a full-time paid employee of a pharmaceutical or chemical company during the work placement period (Cooperative Education). The course is accredited by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) with graduates eligible for RSC Chartered Chemist status.

Answers to frequently asked questions:

  • Honours Maths is NOT an entry requirement - ordinary level B3 Maths will see you through the course if you have a C3 in any higher level Science subject;
  • Chemistry is NOT an entry requirement - you would have to do some catching up, however, in the first year.

For further details, log on to www.ul.ie/~ces

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What you will study

The programme is of four years duration. Having followed a broad common first year (LM123) where students will learn about a variety of topics including;

  • Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, Analytical and Physical)
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Introductory Physics
  • Introductory Biochemistry

The second-year builds upon these fundamentals while introducing modules in Process Technology and Photochemistry. During the third and fourth years students will undertake additional modules in Polymer Chemistry, Process Technology, Safety in Industry, Computational Chemistry, Chemical Nanotechnology, Advanced Analytical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Formulation. The Cooperative Education work placement occurs in year three from early January to the end of August.

Entry Route LM123 Biological and Chemical Sciences (Common Entry)

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
CH4701 General Chemistry 1 BY4102 Biology for Biosciences
BY4001 Biology 1 CH4102 Organic Chemistry 1
MA4601 Science Mathematics 1 PH4142 Introduction to PHYSICS
CH4021 Laboratory Calculations MA4602 Science Mathematics 2
ER4011 Introduction to Environmental & Biosciences CH4031 General Chemistry 2 (INORGANIC)
CH4051 Introduction to Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry CH4041 General Chemistry 2 (PHYSICAL)
CS4131 Introduction to Scientific Computations    

 

  Semester 3   Semester 4
MA4603 Maths 3 MA4604 Maths 4
CH4003 Physical Chemistry 2 (Adv Kinetics and Photochemistry) CH4004 Physical Chemistry 3 (Phase Equilibria)
CH4303 Analytical Chemistry 1 CH4304 Analytical Chemistry 2 (Seperation Methods)
CH4103 Organic Chemistry 2 (Mechanism & Reaction) CH4104 Organic Chemistry 3 (Biomolecules and Heterocycles)
CH4203 Inorganic Chemistry 2 (Periodicity and Transition Elements) CH4404 Process Technology 1 (Process Modelling and Control)

 

  Semester 5 Semester 6
CH4005 Physical Chemistry 4 (Electrochemistry) Cooperative Education
CH4305 Analytical Chemistry 3 (Solids and Surface Analysis)  
CH4015 Organic Chemistry 4 (Polymers)  
CH4405 Process Technology 2 (Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer)  
CH4415 Process Technology 3 (Reactor Design and Operation)  
  Specialist Elective 1* one of  
CH4025 Photochemistry  
CH4415 Process Tech 3  

 

  Semester 7   Semester 8
CH4417 Pharmaceutical Formulation CH4008 Organic Pharm Chemistry 2
CH4407 Process Technology 4 (Mass Transfer Separations) CH4306 Analytical Chemistry 4 (Advanced Spectroscopy)
CH4007 Organic Pharm Chemistry 1 CG5052 Batch (Pharmaceutical) Process Engineering
CH4907 Final Year Project 1 CH4908 Final Year Project 2
  Specialist Elective 1* One Of   Specialist Elective 2* One Of
ER4627 Safety and Industry CH4017 Chemical Nanotechnology
CG4017 Bioprocess Engineering CG4008 Process Troubleshooting

Entry requirements

CAO points history
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade O3/H7 in Mathematics and a Grade H4 in any one of the following: Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry.

Additional considerations

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€16,465

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Analysing and problem-solving
  • Monitoring/maintaining records and data
  • Working in teams
  • Communicating (verbal and written)
  • Excellent laboratory techniques
  • Specific knowledge in the traditional fields of chemistry, inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and materials
  • Strong mathematical and numerical ability
  • Time management
  • IT skills

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
44% 0% 56% 0% 0% 9 12 2014
43% 7% 36% 7% 7% 14 15 2015
61% 0% 28% 0% 11% 18 21 2016
72% 6% 22% 0% 0% 18 24 2017
72% 0% 28% 0% 0% 18 21 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Graduate Research & Development Chemist
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Operations Associate
  • Product Design Lead
  • Production Engineer
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Research Chemist

Graduate Profile - Killian Stokes

If you have a keen interest in chemistry, this is the degree for you! This course initially deals with the fundamentals of chemistry. Throughout the years it then adds to this with more detail on the subjects through interesting lectures and enjoyable practical laboratories. It also incorporates some basics of process engineering which in the current age is a necessity in industry.

As well as the interesting laboratory work, the course offers refreshing, new ways of learning. I enjoy the fact that we study topics which are at the forefront of the chemical industry including various analytical methods and nanotechnology. Also, through the final year project, the course will give you the opportunity to find out if you might be interested in research through a postgraduate course after your final degree.

Co-Op at UL offers a fantastic opportunity to get first-hand industrial experience as part of your degree. On my placement, I worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb Cruiserath in Dublin where I was assigned many varied tasks and projects. I thrived on the level of responsibility given to me as a student on Co-Op and felt I gained excellent experience in this field of pharmaceuticals. Some of the work I was assigned called for analytical skills and I had the opportunity to present my results and findings to management, which further improved my organisational and communication skills.

Killian is currently completing his Ph.D. in Nanotechnology at the Bernal Institute, in the University of Limerick.

Graduate Profile - Claire Rooney

I chose the BSc in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry because I liked chemistry in school and was always interested in the pharmaceutical industry. The course offered a wide range of chemistry modules and UL???s tutoring programme meant that support was available to help me do well in what I found to be the tougher modules.

My work here at Abbot is primarily project based. It is very varied and some of my daily tasks include: performing testing on raw materials and finished goods, dealing with representatives from contract labs, statistical trending of results, design of experiments, investigative work, presenting to management and many others.

My four years at UL equipped me with many of the necessary skills I use at work everyday, such as planning, technical writing, communication and presentation skills.

Claire's tip
If I was to give one piece of advice to school leavers it would be to do a course that you think you will like over one you think you will be good at. It is a lot easier to spend time working in college on something that is of interest to you. Enjoy your time in UL - it is a brilliant campus and would still be my choice of college if I were doing the leaving cert this year.

Claire is currently employed as a Chemist on the graduate programme of Abbot Ireland