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School of Pharmacy

aucc University College Cork, lreland

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"The blend of clinical, industrial and regulatory expertise delivered by knowledgeable and approachable lecturers makes this a highly valuable degree". WHY STUDY PHARMACY AT UCC? If you have an interest in science and healthcare, then you should consider Pharmacy as a career option. Pharmacy is the study of the many features of drugs; including their design, manufacture, formulation into a medicine and how they work in the body. The pharmacy degree course also provides training to ensure that medicines are used safely and effectively to improve the lives of patients. As drugs and medicines experts, pharmacists are vital members of the healthcare team in both community and hospital settings. Qualified pharmacists are also invaluable in the pharmaceutical industry and in drug regulatory settings, such as the Health Products Regulatory Authority, to ensure that the drugs and medicines available on the market are safe for humans or animals.

Students who enter the UCC Pharmacy programme will g raduate with a level 9 MPharm deg ree. Once you have successfully completed your first four years (BPharm) you will then progress to the fifth year (MPharm). The pharmacy degree is designed to integrate both the subjects you will study and the placements you will undertake so that you can readily understand and apply your knowledge of science and healthcare to d rug treatment for patients. After you have been awarded the MPharm degree you are eligible to register with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and to practise as a Pharmacist. Practice/work placements will be an integral part of the programme over the five years. Placements can be carried out in community, hospital or industry as well as within regulatory organisations but the final eight-month placement in year 5 must be carried out in a patient facing setting.


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W HATW ILLYOU BESTUDYING? Ther e ar ef our mai n ar eas ofst udy wi t hi nt he Phar macy degr ee: Phar maceut i cal and Medi ci nal Chemi st r y , Dr ug Del i ver y ( Phar maceut i cs) ,Dr ug Act i on i nt he Body ( Phar macol ogy)and t he Cl i ni calandPr act i ceaspect sofphar macy .I nourl abor at or i es,youwi l l l ear n how t o synt hesi se new dr ugs and f or mul at et hese dr ugs as medi ci nes whi ch can be admi ni st er ed saf el y and ef f ect i vel yf ort he benef i toft he pat i ent . You wi l li nvest i gat et he mode ofact i on of moder n medi ci nes usi ng sophi st i cat ed exper i ment al t echni ques. Wor ki ngi nourmodelphar macy ,youwi l lr ol epl ayasaPhar maci stand advi sepat i ent son t hesaf euseoft hei rmedi ci nes. You wi l lhavean oppor t uni t yt ovi si tbot hcommuni t yandhospi t alphar maci esandsee f i r st hand how medi ci nes ar e manuf act ur ed i nl ocalphar maceut i cal compani es.The cour se pl aces speci alemphasi s on t he r ol e oft he phar maci st as a member of t he heal t hcar et eam and you wi l l col l abor at e wi t ht r ai nee medi csand nur sest o pr obl em sol ve var i ous scenar i os. Forf ur t heri nf or mat i onpl easevi si twww. ucc. i e/ en/ phar macy

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UCC Pharmacy (MPharm)

5 years (integrated masters) Start date: September 2020 Highlights of MPharm -


Placements undertaken throughout the 5 years Clinical and industry placements Strong links with Pharmaceutical industry Four main areas of study 1. Pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry 2. Drug delivery 3. Drug action in the body 4. Clinical and practice aspects of pharmacy Many career prospects in Ireland and abroad Degree gives QP status, which means a graduate can work as a qualified person in the pharmaceutical industry Once qualified, pharmacy graduates can work anywhere in the EU Top-50 ranked Pharmacy School globally (QS, 2015) 2-year stay back option after graduation 100% employment record from programme Extremely safe university and city environment

Cork is home to globally important pharmaceutical cluster, which includes GSK, Pfizer, Novartis, Lilly, Janssen, DePuy

Entry requirements UCC Pharmacy accepts students for direct entry who present with: 1. International Baccalaureate (IB) Minimum attainment of 36 points in the International Baccalaureate as follows: Minimum Higher Grade 5 in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics or Biology Minimum Subsidiary Grade 5 in the remaining three subjects. 2. A-levels

(a) For those presenting three subjects: Grades ABB, AAC* or higher at the SAME sitting in Chemistry and two of the following three subjects – Physics, Biology and Mathematics – provided a minimum Grade B at GCSE/O level or equivalent examination has been attained in the remaining subject. or (b) For those presenting four subjects: Grades ABCC* or BBBB or higher grades at the SAME sitting in the following subjects – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. *UCC requires a minimum grade B at A level (or equivalent) in Chemistry for Pharmacy. -For those not presenting with these, we offer a foundation pathway option at DIFC (Cork)

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