Trinity College Dublin – Pharmacy

Trinity College Dublin


Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 after a small group of citizens obtained a charter from Queen Elizabeth I, making it the oldest university in Ireland and one of the oldest in Europe.

Two years later, a few Fellows and students began to work in the new College, which then consisted of one small square. Over the next century, a curriculum was devised, and statutes were framed. Endowments, including considerable landed estates, were secured. New fellowships were founded, and the books that formed the beginning of the great library were acquired.

The school of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was established in 1977 and is the oldest academic pharmaceutical institution in Ireland. For nearly 40 years, the School has educated generations of community pharmacists, clinical pharmacists and pharmaceutical industry leaders who now work worldwide.

Present day Trinity College Dublin has over 40 departments offering a wide variety of courses. The College’s library is currently one of the largest in Europe, housing over 3 million volumes in its collection. Today’s enrollment at Trinity stands at approximately 17,000.

TCD Pharmacy Degree

Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

Three schools of pharmacy in Ireland (TCD, UCC and RCSI) have worked with all the major stakeholders to develop 5-year MPharm program for delivery in each of the institutions.

The new curriculum and structure for the 5-year MPharm program began for new entrants in September 2015.  Those students who carry on to successfully complete year four of the program will be awarded a BSc degree and may progress into a postgraduate 5th year which leads to the award of a MPharm degree.

TCD Pharmacy Program Brochure (click to view)

Length of Program  

The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) program is delivered over 5 years.

Course Modules

Modules are assessed by final examinations and continuous assessment, such as written assignments, essays, lab reports, OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations), etc. which contribute to the overall mark in a module. There are approximately 16 hours of lectures, 6 hours of laboratory classes and 1 tutorial per week over the course of the Junior Freshman (first) year. Work experience in community, hospital and industry occurs throughout the course.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Physiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry for Pharmacy
  • Physical Pharmacy I
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis I
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutics and Formulation
  • Mathematical Methods and Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Practice of Pharmacy I
  • General Principles of Pharmacology

Year 2 Modules

  • Properties & Analysis of Materials used in Medicines
  • Physical Pharmacy, Formulation and Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Practice of Pharmacy II
  • Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Molecular & Chemotherapeutic Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics
  • Blood, Cardiovascular & Renal Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics

Year 3 Modules

  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry III
  • Natural Sources of Drugs and Substances used in Medicines
  • Sterile Products and Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Practice of Pharmacy III
  • Endocrine & Reproductive Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics
  • Malignant Disease, Immunopharmacology & Pharmacology of the Eye and Clinical Therapeutics
  • Neurophamacology and Clinical Therapeutics

Year 4 Modules

  • Organization and Management skills
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Professional Practice
  • Pharmaceutical Data Analysis & Bioinformatics
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry IV
  • Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Biopharmaceutics & Drug Metabolism
  • Practice and Therapeutics & Professionalism and Ethics
  • Research Project

Year 5 Modules

  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Context, Legislation, Standards and Practice
  • Advanced Drug Delivery & Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Practice of Pharmacy & Integrated Pharmacy Skills
  • Addiction Pharmacy
  • Supply of Medicines and Organization and Management Skills
  • Leading the Safe and Rational Use of Medicines
  • Professional Practice and Public Health
  • Practice Research Project

Collaborative Opportunities Offered

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Staff include Pharmacists, Clinicians/MDs, Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemists, Pharmacologists, Pharmacognocists, Biotechnologists, Pharmaceutical Technologists, Pharmacy Practitioners offering:

  • a multi-disciplinary approach to basic and translational research
  • substantial critical mass of internationally-trained researchers bringing experience from the clinic, academia and industry, with
  • a proven track record of successfully collaborating with small indigenous companies, SMEs and big Pharma