The Pharmacy programme is delivered through a modular system. Early modules provide the foundations, integrating around the themes of health, medicines and the pharmacist. Year 2 and 3 include modules based on the systems of the body. Each systems-based module integrates life sciences, chemical and physical sciences, clinical sciences and practice.
Structured placements occur in all five years of the programme. These provide opportunities to learn across different settings, in leading organisations in community, hospital, pharmaceutical industry, academia and other places where pharmacists make a difference. A four-month placement in Year 4 and an eight-month placement in the final year (Year 5) ensure that when you graduate you are ready for practice.
Case-based learning is a key feature of the curriculum. Cases are used in all modules for teaching and assessment. Patient and public involvement in education and interprofessional learning are key features. There is a focus on active learning, appropriately supported by technology-enhanced learning.
The teaching and learning strategy gives you the chance to learn in different ways:
- Learning from experts (lectures, small group teaching, patient contact sessions)
- Learning with others (interprofessional learning, group-based activities)
- Learning through making (laboratory practicals, presentations)
- Learning through exploring (research, projects)
- Learning through practicing (simulation)
- Learning from assessment (formative assessment, feedback, reflection)
- Learning in and across settings (site visits, experiential learning)
There are plenty of opportunities to develop your research skills further, both at home through the Research Summer School, and overseas. There are research and exchange opportunities with our partner institutions in China, France, Japan and the US. The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland commended the range of options at accreditation.
The programme spans five years, leading to the award of Master of Pharmacy (MPharm). When you complete Years 1-4 of the programme, you will be eligible for the award of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Pharmacy. Once you complete Year 4 you will have the option to progress to the final Masters year of the programme.