Undergraduate
BSc (Hons) Pharmacology

University College Dublin

Course Overview


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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

International study opportunities in third and fourth years to date have included: University of Melbourne, Australia, University of Washington, Seattle, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

400

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 25,600 p.a.

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • Study how drugs work at a molecular level, what the body does to drugs and the effects of drugs on the different body systems.
  • Understand the actions of drugs used in the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine and central nervous systems

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses•Leaving Certificate: Minimum grade of second-class honours, grade 1 (2.1) in first Honours Bachelor’s degree (NFQ Level 8). The degree can be in any discipline.

Minimum entry requirements

YEAR 1 ENTRY

  • Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
    A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
  • If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.

FOUNDATION YEAR ENTRY

  • Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.

English Requirements

• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
• TOEFL:

  1. A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
  2. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110.

Special Entry Requirements

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Career Prospects


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.

Notes


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