Entry Points (2015)

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.

Biopharmaceutical Chemistry is a multidisciplinary subject that combines areas of chemistry and biology. The Biopharmaceutical Chemistry course has a relatively small intake of students and includes ample opportunity for research within projects in years 2 and 4, and a three-month placement in Year 3.

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Requirements and Assessment

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.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2015)

A*A*A* & b (AS) or equivalent combination

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Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

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Course Outline

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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.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The biopharmaceutical industry is an increasingly important player in the Irish economy. Biopharmaceutical companies located in Ireland include Abbott, Amgen, Centocor, Elan, Eli Lilly, Genemedix, Genzyme, Merck and Wyeth. These companies need graduates who are trained in chemistry and aspects of biotechnology. The Biopharmaceutical Chemistry degree is tailored to meet the needs of this industry.

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Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,492 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17
EU Fees 2016/17:
- 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.

Find out More

Dr Peter Crowley
School of Chemistry
College of Science 
T 353 91 492480
F 353 91 494578
E peter.crowley@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


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.