Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (BSc degree) (Level 7)

  • Course Code

    CR 007

  • Field of Study


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  • Type of Study:

    Full time

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Course duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


Info re MTU Cork Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to MTU Cork courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU Cork offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Cork Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Cork Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.


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Work Placement

Industrial work experience (minimum 10 weeks) takes place during Year 3, usually commencing at the start of April, and frequently continuing until the end of the summer period.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Any of the Science subjects are helpful but especially Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.

Course summary

Courses in Chemistry at MTU Cork have provided many of the highly skilled personnel at various levels required by the industry. Students are offered a flexible and attractive route through an extremely diverse science. The course prepares students for laboratory-based careers; activities include preparation of chemicals and samples for use, analysis of raw materials and products of chemical processes, set-up/maintenance/use of chemical instrumentation. The course aims to give students the knowledge and skills to practice chemistry in the laboratory environment. Computerised instruments and information technology are important in this work, and graduates may work in quality assurance, analysis, research, development, and production. Module delivery is by means of formal lectures and practical sessions, with almost half of the working week spent in the laboratory.


Physical Sciences

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance (ACQUA)

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What is Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry?

Chemistry is the fundamental science that deals with the “three Cs” – the composition of matter, the changes that transform matter, and the conditions under which those changes occur. The study of fundamental Chemistry allows us to increase our total knowledge and understanding of our universe, our environment, and indeed life itself. Applied Chemistry uses our understanding of fundamental Chemistry to improve the way in which we live, work, and develop.


Analytical Chemistry deals with the great variety of methods used to identify and quantify the chemical components of materials, while pharmaceutical chemistry focuses on aspects of drug design, synthesis, and manufacture.

CR007 Course Location: MTU Cork Bishopstown Campus


Further Studies

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry who have attained a minimum final average mark of 50% may proceed to Year 4 of

> Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance (ACQUA) (Level 8)


This in turn may lead to the option to proceed to postgraduate studies (MSc or PhD) in Chemistry at MTU Cork or other colleges in Ireland or abroad.


After obtaining the Honours Degree (Level 8) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance, graduates may apply for a 2 year, full time, postgraduate study in Initial Teacher Education (120 ECTS credits). On completion, graduates are eligible for registration with the Teaching Council.


Question Time

I didn’t study Chemistry for the Leaving Certificate, am I at a disadvantage?
No – the fundamentals of the three Leaving Certificate science subjects are delivered during the first semester, with chemistry being further developed as the course progresses.


What is the difference between CR 340 and CR 007?
Students commencing on the CR 007 route will have completed the ordinary BSc Degree in 3 years, while those starting on CR 340 will take 4 years to complete the Honours BSc Degree, with significant additional material being delivered in the fourth year to achieve the higher level award.


What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
Numeracy, accuracy, precision; good practical and manipulative skills; an analytical approach to problem-solving, i.e. the ability to relate a numerical answer to the physical reality that it represents.


Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Yes. Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Higher Certificate in Science in Chemistry.


Graduate Profile

Aileen Cremin
Quality Control Specialist

“I graduated with the BSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and then completed the BSc (Honours) ACQUA the following year. I then worked for Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals, based in the Quality Control Laboratory as part of the finished products team.


The position of a quality control specialist has plenty of variety and challenges, with many  opportunities to get involved in different areas within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. I use a lot of what I learned in my Degree when dealing with my daily workload, but I appreciate it even more when troubleshooting the problems that arise from time to time.”

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Science in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry CR007

Higher Certificate in Science in Chemistry

The chemical industry has many facets: production, research, product development, problem-solving, analysis, quality assurance, environmental monitoring, marketing and sales. These courses prepare students for careers in a major growth area of strategic importance to industrial development both in Ireland and abroad. Prospective students should be aware that the chemical industry offers well-paid secure employment in a wide range of career options, and has a high and growing demand for chemistry graduates.


The Bachelor of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry prepares students for careers as chemical laboratory technicians, who perform duties such as preparation of chemicals and samples for use, analysis of raw materials and/or products of chemical processes, setup/ maintenance/use of chemical instrumentation. Computerised instruments and information technology generally are of great importance to the work of technicians, who may work in quality assurance, analysis, research, development, and production.


Career opportunities exist not only in the BioPharmaChem industry, but also in such diverse areas as electronics, metallurgy, and food/beverage processing.


Graduates have become senior technicians, analysts, laboratory managers, and quality control supervisors. Some have progressed into company management positions over the years, and some have started and managed their own companies.


A period of work experience in industry at the end of the third year gives students a broader perspective of the industry and its role. Holders of the degree have become senior technicians, analysts, laboratory managers, quality control supervisors. Some have progressed into company management positions over the years, and some have started and managed their own companies.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Quality Assurance
  • Product Development
  • Pharamaceutial Production

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)


EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2020: 240

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Lee Doherty
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Ms Mary Phelan, Secretary, Department of Physical Sciences.
021 4335870

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