Course Overview

Attempting to find new drug treatments central nervous system (CNS) diseases is a major global priority. This requires a collaboration between pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and academic institutions. It involves: 

  1. The identification of drug targets in the CNS disease state of interest 
  2. Discovery and preclinical profiling of substances acting on this drug target 
  3. The clinical evaluation for efficacy and safety.

The Discipline of Pharmacology and Therapeutics has been actively engaged in neuropharmacological research for over 30 years. In 1998, the MSc in Neuropharmacology was introduced to provide students with the skills necessary to develop a career in important area of research.

Programme outcomes include:

  • Demonstrating a detailed knowledge of the principles and concepts of neuropharmacology
  • Demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of the recent developments and applications in the field of neuropharmacology
  • Demonstrating a high-skill level in a wide range of laboratory skills for neuropharmacological investigations
  • Communicating experimental findings in neuropharmacology effectively, using a variety of verbal, written and visual means
  • Designing, conducting, analysing and presenting their original laboratory‐based research.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System. Applicants, at the discretion of the selection committee, may be invited to attend for personal interview. Places are limited.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

A variety of different assessment strategies are used, including written examinations, laboratory practicals and mini-project reports, assignments, data handling computer exercises, experimental reasoning, essays, posters, oral presentations and a research project thesis.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Successful students will normally hold at least a Second Class Honours Level 8 degree from any of a range of undergraduate disciplines, from Chemistry to Life Science subjects to Psychology. Students are also considered who have a Level 7 degree and three years’ relevant work experience. IELTS score of 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in any one component).

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

The programme is divided into three trimesters trimesters (each of 30 ECTS) in the following manner:

Trimester 1

  • Neuroscience: 5 ECTS
  • Central Neurotransmission: 5 ECTS
  • Fundamental Concepts in Pharmacology: 5 ECTS
  • Applied Concepts in Pharmacology: 5 ECTS
  • Experimental Methods in Pharmacology: 10 ECTS

Trimester 2

  • Experimental Neuropharmacology: 15 ECTS
  • Current Topics in Neuropharmacology: 10 ECTS
  • Neuropharmacology & Therapeutics: 5 ECTS

Trimester 3

Neuropharmacology Research Project: 30 ECTS


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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The majority of graduates of the programme have entered the workforce either in technical or research roles within hospitals, universities or companies, mostly in Ireland. In addition, approximately one-third have embarked on PhD research following graduation.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,606 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€7,466 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€23,666 p.a. 2021/22

 For further information on postgraduate funding & scholarship opportunities please see here.


  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2022

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2022 PDF (14.3MB)