Taught course

Hospital Pharmacy

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Entry requirements

Eligible candidates must hold a first or second class honours (upper division) degree in pharmacy, have experience working in hospital pharmacy practice and be registered (or eligible to be registered) with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland prior to the January start date. Please note that for applications to this course two references are required; one academic and one non-academic. Please note that some students will have to attend interviews in order to compete for clinical placements. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

The M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy consists of a practice-based
teaching programme complemented by lectures, tutorials and
workshops. The course provides students with the knowledge
and skills necessary to undertake all aspects of hospital
pharmacy. Subjects covered include medical and surgical
therapeutics, medicines information, pharmacoeconomics,
purchasing skills, good manufacturing practice and aseptics,
immunology and biotechnology. Management issues as
they relate to hospital pharmacy and the broader context
of healthcare systems are also addressed. Coursework is
underpinned by a comprehensive practice-based element
where students rotate through a variety of specialist areas
to ensure that broad, practical experience is obtained in
such areas as medicines information, dispensary, aseptic
compounding and clinical specialities. Assessment is on
a continual basis through formal examinations, written
assignments, oral presentations and competency-based
assessments. Students are required to undertake a research
project and must demonstrate research competency.
Research and methodological skills are addressed in a
dedicated module that also covers an introduction to
statistical evaluation. This is a two-year, part-time course with
lectures and tutorials taking place on one half day per week in
central locations. Courses are conducted on a biennial basis.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Ms. Niamh McMahon
+353-1-416 2586