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BSc (Hons) in Forensic & Pharmaceutical Science

Course Code: LC265


Level

08

Duration

4 years

Department

Applied Science


CAO Points

413

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This programme is the first and most reputable of its kind in Ireland. Student achieve a detailed knowledge and understanding of the sciences underpinning the forensic, pharmaceutical and analytical fields. Student will gain exposure to, and experience in, the methodology and techniques at the forefront of these major scientific areas.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

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

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 4

    Title: Advanced Forensic Techniques 1

    Credits: 5

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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: 5

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


    Title: Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology I

    Credits: 5

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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: 5

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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: Biomolecular Forensics

    Credits: 5

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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.


    Title: Biopharmaceuticals

    Credits: 5

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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: Drugs in Sport I

    Credits: 5

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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: Drugs in Sport II

    Credits: 5

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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 (I)

    Credits: 5

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

     


    Title: Instrumental Analysis (II)

    Credits: 5

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


    Title: Project

    Credits: 10

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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.


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.