Bachelor of Science (Biopharmaceutical Chemistry)

College of Science

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Biopharmaceutical Chemistry

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Studying Biopharmaceutical Chemistry

Course overview

Biopharmaceutical Chemistry is the study of biomolecules (such as DNA, proteins and carbohydrates) and their applications as therapeutic medicine. Numerous diseases and medical conditions are caused by the improper function or the absence of a particular biomolecule. For example, some forms of diabetes result from a lack of insulin. The role of the biopharmaceutical chemist is to design and synthesise molecules that can substitute for the missing protein. The replacement molecule is often a modified protein, prepared using chemical and biotechnological methods.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade Higher C3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at Higher or Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Maths, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2015): 500

A Level Grades (2015): A*A*A* & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 15

Course outline

Year 1

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Mathematics

Year 2

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Computers in Chemistry
  • Pharmacology Fundamentals

Year 3

  • Analytical, Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Drug Design & Drug Discovery
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Validation / Industrial chemistry
  • Placement in industry or research lab

Year 4

  • Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Biopharmaceutical Chemistry, Protein-based Therapeutics 
  • Biomolecules and Biotechnologies
  • Glycoscience (chemistry and biology of carbohydrates)
  • Industrial Biochemistry, Mammalian Cell Growth and Bioprocess Monitoring
  • Research project in a relevant topic

Further education

In addition to careers in industry, honours graduates will be qualified to pursue higher degrees (PhD research) in a wide range of related disciplines.

Find out more

Dr Peter Crowley
School of Chemistry
College of Science 
T 353 91 492480
F 353 91 494578

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,268 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Samantha White

BS (Biopharmaceutical Chemistry)

"I've always found chemistry enjoyable, and I chose to continue on studying it. Biopharmaceutical Chemistry is a new and exciting course. Whether you prefer the more academic side of chemistry or the thrilling practical side of it, Biopharmaceutical Chemistry has it all and with many job prospects in the future too! If you choose to come and study this, you will also experience the great life that NUI Galway has to offer to its students."