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Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences / Ceimic Mhíochaineach & na hEolaíochtaí Cógaisíochta

DT261

What is... Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences?

This programme is designed to educate and train students to become Scientific Analysts for employment in the medicinal products and pharmaceutical sector as well as related chemical industries. A solid foundation in the chemical sciences is provided together with a ‘hands-on’ approach to laboratory work. Access to well-equipped laboratories supports the development of a high standard of practical laboratory skills. Specialised and industrially relevant modules in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical processes and / or the regulatory environment of the pharmachem sector are delivered at all stages. The programme is designed for the student to experience the skills and competencies required of a Chemical Analyst at all stages.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates of this programme are qualified to avail of opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Chemical Industry, Computer Industry, State Laboratories, Environmental Testing Laboratories, Food and Beverage Industry as well as Hospital Laboratories and Universities.

What other options do I have after completion?

Graduates of this course who achieve the appropriate grades are eligible to apply for entry to the final year of the Honours Degree programmes in Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry (DT299) and in Forensic and Environmental Chemistry (DT203).

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

On completion of this programme, the student will:

  • Have a sound knowledge of the fundamental science underpinning the course
  • Have the ability to define a scientific problem, to design and implement an appropriate experimental investigation and effectively communicate the outcome
  • Have the specialised skills required to handle a broad range of techniques and instrumentation relevant to the pharmachem industry
  • Demonstrate the capacity to analyse, interpret, critically evaluate and present data
  • Gain experience in a team approach to problem solving and be capable of managing small groups to achieve an outcome
  • Acquire the necessary computer skills to meet modern laboratory requirements
  • Have an appreciation and awareness of the principles and practice of laboratory and industrial safety

Module Listing

Year One

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Information Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
  • Elective in either Biology or Physics.

Year Two

  • Physical, Inorganic, Organic and Analytical Chemisty
  • Spectroscopy
  • Chemical and Pharmaceutical Processes
  • Environmental, Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical and Workplace Regulations
  • Mathematics and IT
  • Group Project.

Year Three

  • Specialized Modules in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical and Chemical Processes
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Regulations
  • Quality Assurance and Validation
  • Environmental Chemisty
  • Surface and Polymer Chemistry.

Each student undertakes an individual research project which is largely laboratory based.

In each year of the programme the overall assessment has a large component of continual assessment based on the development of technical and practical skills. Continuously assessed modules appear at all stages of the programme. 

Further Information

School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

T: 01 402 4682 (John Colleran)

E: john.colleran@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/chemistry

What our Students say!

  • I completed my Level 7 in 2008 and continued into the honours degree programme DT299 Chemical Sciences and graduated in 2009. I was exposed to a wide range of subjects & experiences which allowed me to choose my career effectively. Some of the opportunities I was given in my degree included visiting pharmaceutical companies & going on Erasmus to complete my final year thesis. I then decided to enter into a master’s program in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Biotechnology DT233 and completed this in 2013. Due to the small size of the classes the Lecturers knew the students personally & were always available to provide additional help if necessary. I am currently working as a Regulatory Specialist for a contract Clinical Trial Research Organisation.  I would highly recommended DIT and the courses I have completed as they open up a wide range of career opportunities
  • As a recent graduate of DT299 having progressed from DT261 (Level 7), I have gained a thirst for chemistry and in particular how it relates to the pharmaceutical sector, from drug design to the understanding of how the drugs work in the body.  The course has truly been an invaluable experience for me. The hands on approach in each of these courses, both involving extensive laboratory sessions, was a highlight for me and provided me with essential skills for working in industry including problem solving and teamwork. I graduated from DT299 in May 2013 and DT261 the previous year and I am now working in a professional lab as an analyst in a large pharmaceutical company