What will I learn?

What is the programme about?

This programme is the first and most reputable of its kind in Ireland. Students achieve a detailed knowledge and understanding of the sciences underpinning the forensic, pharmaceutical and analytical fields. Students will gain exposure to, and experience in, the methodology and techniques at the forefront of these major scientific areas. In LIT, we place an emphasis on “hands-on work” (approximately 50% of scheduled course work), endowing our graduates with a highly desirable and much sought-after set of skills and expertise: experience in pharmaceutical and forensic science combined with a range of analytical techniques which make graduates highly sought after by employers. Since the beginning of this programme, selected student(s) have been employed each year by the State Laboratory for their work placement.

Who is the programme suited to?

​Students who like working in laboratories using Scientific Evidence to solve problems. The programme is ideal for students with a questioning mind and interested in using Science to solve problems. It will suit any student interested in laboratory Science. This is the most established programme of its kind in Ireland. The six months work placement at home or abroad gives graduates an edge when seeking employment.

Top 3 Reasons

1. This is the first and most reputable programme of its kind in Ireland.

2. Upon graduation you may have an opportunity to progress to a Masters or PhD by research.

3. Your career prospects are diverse with graduates holding public and private sector jobs in analyst labs, state labs, health care, the pharmaceutical industry and more.

Graduates Work For

  • Allergan
  • Microchem
  • Schwartz Pharma
  • Pfizer

Further Studies

​Upon graduation students may progress to a Masters or PhD by research – previous graduates having completed research within LIT, other Irish universities, Oxford University (Ph.D.), University of York (Ph.D.), etc.

For graduates that wish to proceed immediately to employment, career prospects are diverse - with graduates holding public and private sector jobs in state labs, healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry, analyst labs and more. The employment record of our graduates within Ireland has been excellent. However, our graduates have also obtained positions in North America, UK and Australia.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Study options

Full Time (4 years (including six-month Work Placement))

Tuition fees
€10,250.00 (US$ 12,266) per year
Start date

Expected September 2021


Limerick Institute of Technology

Moylish Park,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for first year must have successfully completed at least 5 subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate (or an equivalent international examination).

For international students

Leaving Certificate: A minimum of 2 Honours and 4 Passes in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English/Irish.

IELTS score for entry to undergraduate courses a minimum score of 5.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Niagara College
  • Canadore College
  • Durham College