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.
Length of Program
The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) program is delivered over 5 years.
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.
Year 1 Modules
Cell and Molecular Biology
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
Pharmaceutical Data Analysis & Bioinformatics
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry IV
Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Biopharmaceutics & Drug Metabolism
Practice and Therapeutics & Professionalism and Ethics
Year 5 Modules
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Context, Legislation, Standards and Practice
Advanced Drug Delivery & Molecular Pharmaceutics
Practice of Pharmacy & Integrated Pharmacy Skills
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