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BSc (Hons) in Forensic & Pharmaceutical Science

Course Code: LC265


Level

08

Duration

4 years

Department

Applied Science


CAO Points

335

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This program provides highly sought after graduates skilled in forensic pharmaceutical and analytical techniques.

 

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish and a minimum of an O4 in Mathematics. 

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

 

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Chemistry

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    Basic Introductory Inorganic, Physical and Organic Chemistry and laboratory practical skills through a fusion of theory and practice.


    Title: Mathematics for Scientists

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will provide the learner with the necessary mathematical skills, problem solving skills and computer application proficiency required by the analytical scientist.


    Title: Forensic and Scientific Practice

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This subject introduces students to the principles of forensic and laboratory science.


    Title: Introductory Physics Concepts

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This physics module is designed to introduce students to the concepts in fundamental physics that are necessary to support other core modules and to provide a comprehensive grounding in physics that is relevant to biological and chemical analysis, as well as environmental science and forensic science.


    Title: Biology

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    This module is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental principles and concepts underlying how biological systems function.


  • Year 2

    Title: Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The Inorganic section relates to the properties of some of the more common chemicals a Scientist is likely to come across in their day to day lives as well as in the laboratory.

    The Physical section relates to topics such as electrochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics.


    Title: Forensics

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module introduces students to the different types of evidence that may be encountered in forensic investigations. The module will cover the collection, preservation, laboratory analysis and interpretation of this evidence.


    Title: Biosciences

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module provides the learner with the basic concepts and theories of biochemistry and microbiology and their relevance to pharmaceutical, industrial and biotechnological associated sciences.


    Title: Instrumental Analysis

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This subjects introduces year II students to the principles of instrumental chemical analysis.


    Title: Statistical Process Control

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with the necessary skills required to create and analyse statistical process control charts and to apply basic statistical analysis using statistical software (excel, minitab)in a scientific context.


    Title: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    This module introduces the learner to pharmaceutical discovery, design, development and manufacturing processes, including the role of the regulatory authorities and Good Manufacturing Practice. It also introduces functional group organic chemistry for design and analysis of drug molecules.


  • Year 3

    Title: Work Placement

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    This module involves the learner taking a six month work placement with an LIT approved Industrial partner.

    The learner will gain valuable work experience in the Food, Bioprocessing, Biotechnology, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Forensic or Analytical sector.

    Learners are tasked with the responsibility of searching for and securing a suitable work placement with the support and approval of the work placement coordinator.

     


    Title: Instrumental Analysis

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This subject builds on the understanding of chemical instrumentation obtained in Year II. It deepens and broadens that knowledge and set of skills.


    Title: Quality Assurance

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of Quality Assurance.


    Title: Biotoxicology, Molecular and Immuno-Biology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module focuses specifically on the areas of biochemical toxicology, molecular biology, applied immunobiology and biotechnology


    Title: Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This course provides an insight into the overlapping sciences of forensic toxicology and drug analysis.


    Title: Pharmaceutical Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module looks at basic chemical reactivity through an exploration of functional group chemistry supported by organic chemistry laboratory practicals. It also considers aspects of drug classification, development, stability, delivery systems and trialling, as well as process development and regulatory affairs.


    Title: Industrial Practice

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    Industrial Practice is offered as an alternative for students who have not been placed. The main aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity of tackling common industry themed projects in order to practice and develop their skills in a simulated regulated analytical science laboratory. Main areas focused on include calibration, qualification, method development and degradation studies.


  • Year 4

    Title: Project

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The project is primarily the student's own work, research and practical. The student works independently in a selected area related to the Forensic/Pharmaceutical/Analytical areas. A wide range of projects are provided to the student for selection. The student is also encouraged to pursue a project in which they may have a particular interest .


    Title: Instrumental Analysis (I)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Theory and Practice of modern instruments used in Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis.


    Title: Advanced Forensic Techniques 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module provides an advanced exploration of the analysis and interpretation of evidence encountered in forensic investigations


    Title: Advanced Forensic Techniques 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module provides an advanced exploration of the analysis and interpretation of evidence encountered in forensic investigations


    Title: Drugs in Sport II

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This modules investigastes the use of drugs in both human and animal sport and concentrates on methods for the detection of doping.


    Title: Instrumental Analysis(II)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Theory and Practice of modern instruments used in Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis.


    Title: Biopharmaceuticals

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This subject provides an overview of the evolution of pharmaceuticals to biopharmaceuticals. The biochemistry and biotechnology of current biopharmaceuticals and biotechnological processes will be reviewed.


    Title: Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology I

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module expands on the student knowledge and awareness of current Good Manufacturing Practices, through theory and practical work. It reinforces awareness of regulatory affairs and validation in the pharmaceutical industry, creating awareness of new technologies in manufacturing. A review of drug actions, formulations, delivery sytems and devices is also completed.

    Some important considerations regarding the design of small molecule drugs will be investigated, as well as scale-up from lab to pilot to factory scale.


    Title: Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology II

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module expands on the student knowledge and awareness of current Good Manufacturing Practices, through theory and practical work.

    It will reinforce awareness of regulatory affairs and validation in the pharmaceutical industry, creating awareness of new technologies in manufacturing, such as Clean Rooms, Process Analytical Technology, Green Chemistry and Engineering and Nanotechnology. The importance of Water in Pharmaceutical manufacturing will be investigated.

    An aspect of pharmacology in order to tie up the principles of drug structure and properties will be covered.

    A group project on product development and marketing will be carried out.


    Title: Drugs in Sport I

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This modules investigastes the use of drugs in both human and animal sport and concentrates on methods for the detection of doping.


    Title: Biomolecular Forensics

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This subject provides an overview of all aspects of forensic DNA profiling including the technology, markers, data interpretation and presentation of DNA evidence in court.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Upon graduation students may progress to a Masters or Ph.D. by research.

What are the career prospects?

Career prospects are diverse - with graduates holding public and private sector jobs in state labs, healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry, analyst labs and more. The employment record of our graduates within Ireland has been excellent and our graduates have also obtained positions in UK, North America, USA and Australia.