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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science

Discipline: Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 32

CAO Round 1 Points: 336 (2020)

Why Study?

This programme focuses on the practical application of chemistry and includes Medicinal Chemistry, Forensic Analysis, Quality Management, Pharmaceutical Science, and Analytical Techniques.

Students learn how new medicines are discovered and how to ensure that they are safe and of high quality.

A strong emphasis on practical work and projects gives the students a great experience in all these areas. It prepares graduates for immediate employment in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biomedical and biotechnology sectors.

Not all graduates wear white coats. In addition to laboratory work there is a huge demand for graduates from this programme in areas including quality management, quality assurance, training and development, regulatory affairs, marketing and research.

In addition, graduates can pursue postgraduate (MSc or PhD) programmes immediately. There is no need to have studied chemistry for the Leaving Certificate, as the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in year one.

Programme Modules

Programme modules include all modules on the Level 7 ordinary degree programme plus the following:

  • Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Organic/Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Techniques; Practical Techniques
  • Industrial Placement
  • Research project

Career Opportunities

Graduates fill vacancies in research and development, quality assurance and regulatory departments within the pharmaceutical, biomedical and research sectors. They also find employment in accreditation, validation and sales and marketing associated with these and other related industries. Opportunities would also exist in areas such as process development and operations, organic synthesis and analysis.

Follow-on Studies: 

GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

Essential Information: 

There is a six month industrial placement in year three.

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science at GMIT - Student Experience

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Contact Us

Dr Emer Quirke

Programme Coordinator

Phone: 091-742281

eMail: Emer Quirke

Head of Department:

Dr. Eugene McCarthy

Phone: 091-742281

EMail: Eugene McCarthy