Taught course

Pharmaceutical Analysis

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

Entry requirements

Applicants are accepted, subject to the availability of places, from holders of honours degrees in a relevant Science discipline (e.g. Pharmacy, Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and other appropriate primary honours degrees e.g. I.T., Medicine or Veterinary). Equivalent primary and/or postgraduate qualifications are considered, particularly with relevant professional experience. Applications will be evaluated by the Course Director in consultation with the Course Committee and Dean of Graduate Studies as appropriate. How to Apply Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

The course involves a comprehensive treatment of the science
and technology of pharmaceutical analysis with particular
emphasis on the regulatory environment in which the
pharmaceutical industry operates. It is intended for suitably
qualified graduates currently working in or aspiring to work
in the pharmaceutical industry – in particular non-pharmacy
graduates employed in quality control or quality assurance
roles requiring specialised training, retraining or upgrading
of skills. The course may also be attractive to technical
managers in regulatory affairs, product development and
other related areas. The objective is to equip graduates with
the appropriate analysis skills required by the pharmaceutical
and veterinary manufacturing industries.
The course is available for full-time study over one calendar
year or part-time over two years and consists of lectures,
workshop and laboratory work. Part-time teaching is normally
scheduled for Fridays during academic terms. The course
comprises lectures, workshops, seminars, laboratory work,
written assignments and factory visits. In addition each student
must write a major essay on a designated topic in the area of
pharmaceutical analysis. Students proceeding to a M.Sc. degree
will be required to undertake a research project and present a
detailed scientific report at the end of the course.
The course consists of eight basic modules: regulatory aspects
of pharmaceutical analysis, statistics, GLP chromatographic
analysis, spectroscopic and physical methods of analysis,
pharmacopoeial methods of drug analysis, analysis of low level
drug analysis, specialised pharmaceutical methods of analysis,
biological and pharmacological methods and pharmaceutical
formulation. The research project may be conducted either in the
School of Pharmacy or at the student’s place of employment but
in either case supervision is exercised by a member of the School
of Pharmacy academic staff.
Overall assessment of candidates is based on tutor marked
assignments (TMAs) during the course work and written
examinations in May/June each year. Credits are available
for all assignments including laboratory reports. The M.Sc.
project report should be of 20,000 words and is examined in
September. Candidates must successfully complete the taught
component of the course at the Trinity term examinations,
before proceeding to the M.Sc. project. Provision is available
for a supplemental examination in September each year if
required. A reasonable attempt is required in all aspects of the
examination process. A pass mark of 40% is normally required
but compensation is applied where appropriate.

Information for international students


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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr John F. Gilmer
+353-1-896 2795