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Forensic & Pharmaceutical Science - BSc

Course Code: LC267


Level

7

Duration

3 Years

Department

Applied Science


CAO Points

400

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This programme is one of the most reputable of its kind in Ireland. LIT aims to produce high quality problem-solving graduates skilled in the measurement principles and techniques employed in Forensic and Pharmaceutical Analysis and students achieve a detailed knowledge and understanding of the sciences underpinning the forensic, pharmaceutical and analytical fields. Students will gain exposure to, and experience in, the methodology and techniques at the heart of these key scientific areas.

In LIT, we place an emphasis on “hands-on work” (approximately 50% of scheduled course work), endowing our graduates with a highly desirable and much sought-after set of skills and expertise: experience in pharmaceutical and forensic science combined with a range of analytical techniques that make graduates highly sought after by employer.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English/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.

Who can I contact?

View our Science CAO presentation and Q&A session

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Biology

    Credits: 15

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


    Title: Chemistry

    Credits: 15

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


    Title: Forensic and Scientific Practice

    Credits: 10

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


    Title: Introductory Physics Concepts

    Credits: 10

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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: Mathematics for Scientists

    Credits: 10

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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.


  • Year 2

    Title: Biosciences

    Credits: 10

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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: Forensics

    Credits: 10

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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: Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

    Credits: 10

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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: Instrumental Analysis

    Credits: 10

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


    Title: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science

    Credits: 15

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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.


    Title: Statistical Process Control

    Credits: 5

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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.


  • Year 3

    Title: Biotexicology, Molecular and Immuno-Biology

    Credits: 10

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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

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


    Title: Industrial Practice

    Credits: 15

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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.


    Title: Instrumental Analysis

    Credits: 10

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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: Pharmaceutical Technology

    Credits: 10

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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: Quality Assurance

    Credits: 5

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


    Title: Work Placement

    Credits: 15

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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.
     


Are there opportunities for further study?

The programme offers a progression route to the Level 8 Honours Degree in Forensic & Pharmaceutical Analysis within the Department of Applied Science.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates of the programme will have a great mix of skills and knowledge needed for today’s employment market and are hugely sought after by employers. Graduates gain employment in a range os sectors including forensic and state laboratories and in pharmaceutical, analytical or biotechnology type industries.

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