National Pharmacy Internship Programme

Following the successful completion of a PSI accredited Bachelor degree programme in pharmacy, a student is eligible to apply for the National Pharmacy Internship Programme (NPIP). This one-year programme is provided by the RCSI on behalf of the PSI and will lead to the award of an MPharm degree for all successful candidates. 

The NPIP is not relevant to students who have commenced the five-year integrated Master's degree programme since September 2015.

The NPIP comprises of two components:

  • the in-service practical training programme and
  • the Professional Registration Examination.

Throughout the internship year, the pharmacy intern will train under the direct supervision of a tutor pharmacist in an approved training establishment. This workplace learning is supported by an online academic programme.

Each intern will undertake 12 months training either in a single block or as two separate 6-month practice placements. At least six months of the overall placement must be in a patient-facing environment (for example, in a hospital or community pharmacy). A 6-month placement can also be undertaken in an industrial, regulatory or academic setting. Tutor pharmacists will supervise and mentor the intern throughout the year. The Central Application and Selection Process (CAASP) is the system through which students are matched to suitable placements.

The primary aim of the programme is to ensure that graduates have obtained the designated learning and competencies appropriate for professional practice as a pharmacist, as outlined in the Core Competency Framework for Pharmacists.

Application process for internship year 2017/2018

Students can apply for the NPIP by completing the NPIP Online Application Form.

Please note: Students who are waiting to sit supplemental exams are not eligible to apply at this time.

Please direct any specific queries you may have about the Programme to:

Programme Co-ordinator
National Pharmacy Internship Programme
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
123 St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2

The NPIP is provided by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) on behalf of the PSI.


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