Teaching and education
Academics in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences are world-leading subject experts; we teach across a range of RCSI’s flagship Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, equipping our graduates to become the innovators and leaders of the future.
The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science offers a fully-integrated, five-year degree programme leading to the award of MPharm.
The MPharm programme is dedicated to producing pharmacy graduates who possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to meet the Core Competency Framework for pharmacists of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in order to be prepared for patient-centred pharmacy practice across all pharmacy settings. Upon completion of the MPharm, graduates are fully-qualified to apply to register as pharmacists in Ireland and throughout the EU. The MPharm also acts as a platform for professional pharmacy registration in other geographies and is recognised by the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia (PBM).
In 2018, the School also introduced its first transnational degree programme delivered in conjunction with the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Soochow University, Suzhou, China. Students undertaking the BSc (Pharm) through English at Soochow University will have the option to transfer to RCSI for the final two years of their studies leading to the award of dual degrees – a BSc(Hon) International Clinical Pharmacy from RCSI and a BSc(Pharm) from Soochow University.
The School has developed lasting strategic relationships with both Irish healthcare providers and international academic institutions. Our clinical partners include: Beaumont Hospital, Rotunda Hospital, Beacon Hospital, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Peamount Healthcare and St John of God Hospital. Our relationships with these partners allow us to embed student exposure to real-world clinical environments throughout the programme.
Additionally, the School has established relationships with overseas institutions including the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University, USA and the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Soochow University, China which has allowed opportunities for international student placements.
At Undergraduate level, school staff are involved in teaching and examining in the MPharm programme, the Undergraduate Medicine and Graduate Entry Medicine programmes, the Physician Associate programme, as well as contributing to teaching in the Physiotherapy programmes. Our leading researchers integrate up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge into their teaching, and demonstrate a strong commitment to research at Undergraduate level, providing medical and pharmacy students with innovative research projects undertaken as part of their degree programmes.
The School is also strongly committed to Postgraduate education; we contribute to taught programmes in the School of Nursing & Midwifery and the School of Postgraduate Studies along with significant supervision, mentoring, teaching and examining across postgraduate research programmes, including RCSI’s respected Masters and Doctoral (MD and PhD) programmes.
Furthermore, we actively contribute research projects for Undergraduate students through the Research Summer School and the RCSI International StAR Summer Internship programme. Through the integration of research and education, we will encourage future healthcare professionals to be lifelong learners with the capacity to evolve and adapt to changes within their respective fields.