Pharmacology

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200 BBB
CAO Points Range 2017: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 400

Leaving Certificate:
  • O3/H6 in Mathematics
  • O3/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

Pharmacology is the scientific study of drugs and their action on biological systems, ranging from genes and cells up to tissues and even human populations. A drug is any substance given to a human or animal with the intention of changing the state of body function: to relieve pain, treat cancer, eliminate infection or improve health. Pharmacology is also concerned with the use of drugs as investigative tools to obtain a better understanding of cellular and physiological processes in both health and disease. In the UCD Pharmacology course, students will have the opportunity to take part in drug development research.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Career opportunities for Pharmacology graduates include working in:

  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Drug regulatory bodies, such as the Irish Medicines Board
  • Biotechnology sector
  • Chemical safety and toxicology

Pharmacology graduates can also pursue graduate studies at MSc or PhD level. PhD programmes in Ireland and abroad cover areas such as drug development and biomedical science.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Pharmacology. Topics include drug kinetics in the body, drug action on body systems, treatment of disease, biomedical sciences, biopharmaceuticals and new drug development.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Pharmacology
  • + 2 Other Science Subjects
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Pharmacology
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • Pharmacology (includes a research project in topics such as cancer treatment, cardiovascular disease, neuropharmacology and drug discovery)

All Science courses are full time, with many student timetables running from 9.00am to 5.00pm or later. Depending on the subject choices, a weekly timetable can include lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

Professional Work Experience

A limited number of opportunities exist in second and third year to gain additional laboratory experience during the summer. Funded schemes are organised by public and private bodies, e.g. the Irish Health Research Board and The Wellcome Trust (UK). In addition, occasional opportunities arise within individual research groups.

For detailed information on subject content click the relevant link below:
First Year
Second Year
Third – Fourth Year

International Study Opportunities

International study opportunities in third and fourth years to date have included:

  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Testimonial

“When I say to people I study Pharmacology, the first thing I get asked is “Is that like pharmacy?” In Pharmacology, I study a whole range of topics to give me the ultimate understanding of the human as a whole. We need to know Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Cell Biology along with the specific drug knowledge. There is the opportunity to do internships in UCD and further afield to places like Vienna for a summer of real-life lab research experience. The teaching staff are so incredibly helpful. It’s amazing! If the idea of making drugs safer, people healthier and saving the lives of people who have no help sounds like the kind of thing you want to do with your life, maybe Pharmacology is the choice for you. ”

Eoin Kilroy-Talbot Student

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