pictured above (L-R) are Pharmacy students, Fiona Hogan and Caoimhe Murphy

To qualify as a pharmacist in Ireland a person must complete a Master of Pharmacy programme accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI). In Ireland, approved programmes are delivered by Trinity College Dublin, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Cork.  The programme includes a number of practice placements for students throughout the five years in traditional pharmacy environments or roles of emerging practice.  The Bernal Institute in collaboration with Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning (APPEL) have expanded the options of practice settings this year by hosting two fourth year pharmacy students from UCC.

Bernal offers pharmacy students unique access to world class facilities and expertise in Chemical Engineering, Crystallography, Bio Science, Pharmaceutical and Nano technology. The students are supervised by Pharmacist and Department of Chemical Sciences PhD Student Oisín Kavanagh, their training includes building fundamental research skills to enable them to enter novel areas of pharmaceutical practice in the years ahead.

Fiona Hogan and Caoimhe Murphy from UCC were selected to complete their placements at the Bernal Institute; both have a keen interest in pharmaceutical research and are delighted with the opportunity to learn about novel formulations and plans for pharmacies of the future.