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Trinity College Dublin is ranked in the top 25 in the World University Rankings for pharmacy and pharmacology. It offers world-leading international experts and training opportunities. The School mission is to lead the discovery, development and safe use of medicines and address the healthcare needs of patients and society. These are the top reasons why students from across the globe flock to Trinity College Dublin’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for a world class education and an experience of a lifetime. At this leading pharmacy school in Ireland, aspiring pharmacists realise their potential, becoming practitioners who improve treatments and address global healthcare challenges.

Here, great programmes equip them with the skills needed to excel in the pharmaceutical industry. Trinity College Dublin is the only institution in Ireland that offers an MSc/Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences programme by a specialist School of Pharmacy centre. Here, students undertake 10 compulsory taught modules where they explore the fundamental and applied aspects of drug and drug product discovery, regulation, development, production, and analysis, with particular emphasis on how the pharmaceutical industry operates. As student Shrinithi Venkatesan from India puts it, “The subjects are very unique and cover the important aspects.”

The School has a reputation innovation in teaching excellence and commitment to individual needs of students. Students are taught by prize-winning academics and visiting experts from other academic institutions, the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory bodies. The programme is delivered by a multidisciplinary team of pharmacists, clinicians/MDs, pharmaceutical and medicinal chemists, pharmacologists, pharmacognosists, biotechnologists, pharmaceutical technologists and pharmacy practitioners. With a panel of internationally-trained researchers bringing experience from the clinic, academia, and industry, students are introduced to a multi-disciplinary approach to basic and translational research.

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Trinity College Dublin is home to 18,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across all the major disciplines. Source: Trinity College Dublin

For Irish student Mark Lynch, such teaching excellence prepares him for a promising career in pharmaceutical research relevant to the academic and manufacturing sectors. “From the outset, the lectures and lecturers provide unique insights into various aspects of the pharmaceutical science field, which can serve as pivotal foundations in diverse areas such as pharmacognosy, biotechnology, and exciting emerging fields such as nanotechnology,” shares Lynch. 

“Perhaps the most significant aspect of the course is the ability to engage with practical research projects, as the knowledge and experience gained in collaboration with established international researchers with global outreach can serve as a fantastic entry point to academic and industrial research employment.” 

The Masters degree features a substantial research project where students are mentored by outstanding researchers. This element is vital to students’ growth, giving them essential knowledge and skills in the pharmaceutical sciences. It offers students the opportunity to see how their subject applies in other countries beyond Ireland too. Venkatesan can attest to this. “The research project gives the opportunity to join the Erasmus [programme], which helps students with international exposure,” she says. 

For South Korean student Yun Yeob Kim, he got the chance to conduct his research project abroad. “I’m currently doing my master’s project in France, where I’ve also met students from diverse backgrounds and am enjoying doing my research abroad,” says Yun.

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At Trinity College Dublin, learning in a culturally diverse environment is highly valued for students to reach their fullest potential. Source: Trinity College Dublin

Pair groundbreaking research with inspiring people, and you’ll develop liberal world-class practitioners. At Trinity College Dublin, students learn from peers and staff who come from all over the world. “The programme has diverse international students,” shares Venkatesan.

Lynch agrees. “The MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Trinity College Dublin offers a unique opportunity to study in a multicultural and international hub in the heart of Dublin, Ireland,” notes Lynch. 

For Yun, having a diverse panel of lecturers is essential, too and Trinity College Dublin delivered in this aspect. “From lectures to research projects, Trinity College Dublin’s MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a wide spectrum of topics taught by lecturers from various ethnic backgrounds.” 

A leading pharmacy school in the heart of Dublin’s city centre

At Trinity College Dublin, you’ll study on a beautiful campus in Dublin, a historic, vibrant and student-friendly capital city. It is home to 18,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across all the major disciplines, making the city a cosmopolitan hub for international students. 

Combine innovative teaching, academic excellence, leading research, great people and a fantastic city, and students here become world-class professionals and leaders who contribute to society and medical innovation. Click here to discover how you can begin your journey in the pharmaceutical industry with Trinity College Dublin’s established programme. 

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