There has been an educational establishment in Cork for over 1,200 years. The institution was founded in 1845 under the original name of Queen’s College Cork. In 1908, under a charter from the Irish Universities Act, it became University College Cork.
The University was established to provide access to higher education in the Irish province of Munster. Cork was chosen for the new college due to its place at the center of transatlantic trade at the time and the presence of existing educational initiatives such as the Royal Cork Institution and a number of private medical schools.
Today, University College Cork is the principal university in the province of Munster, and the largest outside Dublin. UCC has over 20,000 students and an academic staff of over 1,700.
UCC School of Pharmacy
The School of Pharmacy was established in 2003 and is based in the College of Medicine and Health, which also comprises Schools of Clinical Therapies, Dental School and Hospital, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery. The School enrolled the first class of 50 undergraduate students for the B. Pharmacy degree in September 2003.
The School of Pharmacy has state-of-the-art facilities designed to teach pharmacy to a world-class standard. These include laboratories, teaching and tutorial rooms, and a model pharmacy. Innovative technology is used in over-the-counter (OTC) “responding to symptoms” tutorials. This technology uses interactive patient scenarios across many types of diseases.
UCC Pharmacy Degree
From September 2015, students who enter the UCC Pharmacy program will graduate with a Level 9 Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree. This program will educate students to provide the highest level of pharmaceutical care as part of a health care team and will cultivate an ideal environment and necessary infrastructure conducive to interdisciplinary approaches to addressing research challenges relating to the translation of genomics, protomics and metabolomics into effective therapies.
The degree adopts an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on existing expertise in key disciplines across UCC including Pharmacology, Chemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Biochemistry, all of which have expertise in the education of students in the health professions at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional levels.
The pharmacy degree is designed to integrate both the subjects you will study and the placements you will undertake so that you can really understand and apply your knowledge of science and healthcare to drug treatments for patients. Placements will be an integral part of the program. There will be a one day placement in first year, two weeks in second year, two months at the end of third year (summer period), four months in fourth year and eight months in the final year. Placements can be carried out in community, hospital or industry as well as within regulatory organisations but the final eight month placement in your fifth year must be carried out in a patient facing setting.
Length of Program
The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) program is delivered over 5 years.
Applicants may apply directly from high school, on the basis of one or two years of an undergraduate degree or on completion of an undergraduate degree.
The teaching of subjects in the School of Pharmacy is modularized. Each year is worth 60 credits of modules. Each module is given a certain weighting of credits, depending on the course content. Listed below are some of the modules which will be taken by the pharmacy students throughout their five years of study.
Principles of Human Structure
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Physiochemical Basis of Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy Practise I
Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science
Introduction to Physiology for Pharmacy I
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Pharmaceutical Technology – Solid Oral and Sterile Dosage Forms
Professional Pharmacy Core Skills
Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis
Pharmacy Practice II
Cellular and Molecular Basis of Drug Action and Toxicity
Gastrointestinal, Hepatic and Endocrine Systems
Cardiovascular, Renal Systems & Eye
Professional Practice III
Respiratory, Musculoskeletal & Dermatological Systems
Clinical Immunology and Infection
Pharmacokinetics, from Basic principles to Clinical applications
Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals
Organisation and Management Skills
Professional Skills Development
Clinical Practice I
Central Nervous System
Novel Drug Delivery
Clinical Practice II
Emerging Drugs, Drug Design and Mechanism of Action
Supply of Medicines & Organisation and Management Skills
Leading the safe and responsible use of medicines
Professional Practice and Public Health
Pharmaceutics of Advanced Therapies
Program Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
Register with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland on the Register of Pharmacists
Evaluate interventions to improve prescribing in practice and within the health care team
Practice Pharmacy competently in the primary care/secondary setting with due regard to the competencies set out in the Core Competency Framework for Pharmacists Document
Communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals for the purpose of counselling and advising on medicines and their safe usage and supply
Interpret and evaluate prescriptions and supply medicines in accordance with current legislation and professional codes of practice
Apply the physiochemical properties of drugs underpinning the design, development and manufacturing of emerging medicines
Outline the physiological, biochemical, molecular and genetic basis of disease, drug therapy and drug delivery
Recognize common disease states and respond appropriately to presented symptoms
Conduct a literature review, design a research protocol, collect and interpret data and write a dissertation
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