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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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TL755
Pharmaceutical Science - Common Entry

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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2 - 4 Years
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This programme is designed to develop your skill and competence to work as a laboratory scientist. First year is common to all pharmaceutical science students. It delivers core science modules and fundamental practical skills training. At the end of first year, you choose to specialise in one of four pharmaceutical science streams. The chosen stream will then be reflected in the title of your degree; Forensics, Environmental Science, Cosmetic Science or Biopharmaceutics. 


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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Graduates take up employment opportunities in laboratory settings across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, research and development in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, cosmetic, forensic and environmental sectors, as well in the food processing and drinks industries. Our graduates work as laboratory analysts and in quality control, quality assurance, environmental monitoring, training, education and production.

Our graduates have found work in a range of local companies, including Temmler, Astellas, Kerry Group, Southern Scientific and Metpro. Many of our graduates have gone further afield to take up positions in world-leading pharmaceutical companies in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Galway.



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