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Course overview

This course consists of a series of scientific, technological, quality, improvement and personal development modules designed and delivered by highly experienced tutors from industry and academia. Practical Modules will be delivered in the Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus pilot plant facilities.

Online learning and support will be provided through the use of Moodle. Participants who were unable to attend a particular module can obtain the information online if required. Extensive Coaching & Mentorship workshops will be provided with a specific focus on individual assessment and supporting individuals in their career path.

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Course Outline

Lectures are delivered 2 evenings per week Online and 2 Saturdays per month in Dublin or Cork. Labs are held in Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus with times and dates subject to scheduling.

Module 1: Aseptic Processing and Utilities

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Review Pharmaceutical Water Systems, Aseptic Processing, Cleanroom Technology, Clean In Place technology and validation of CIP.  Isolation technologies, Sterilisation Methods and Sterility testing.

Module 2: Formulations Studies and Packaging.

Physicochemical Properties, Powder Technology, Formulation and Packaging.

Module 3: Process Analytical Technology

The new and exciting field of Process Analytical Technology - the development and installation of technologies that can bring greater control to pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.

Module 4: Quality Risk Management

A new area of managing risk within the pharmaceutical industry. This approach is heralded by the FDA and Industry as an opportunity for manufacturers to identify and focus on the high-risk aspects of their business.

Module 5: Lean / Six Sigma

Lean Thinking focuses on eliminating non-value added activities. Six Sigma is a methodology to reduce the variability thereby providing a more robust process. The combination of both techniques delivers processes which are very reliable and produce little waste, develop the skills to understand and achieve significant improvements.

Module 6: Corrective Action Preventative Action (CAPA) & Technical Report Writing

How to determine the Root Cause of problems and develop Creative Compliant Sustainable solutions. Understand how to implement a CAPA system within your organisation, the key success factors of Effective Report Writing.

Module 7: Systems Validation

The module aims to provide the student with knowledge, documentation requirements and hands-on experience in validating GMP critical systems.

Module 8: Medical Device Technologies

Develop an understanding of the Medical Device industry, GMP and Regulatory requirements for Medical Devices, review Medical Devices in operation. , Understand Class I, II and III devices.

Module 9: Pharmaceutical Process I

The module aims to provide the student with knowledge of the equipment and technology required for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products.

Module 10: Business and Executive Coaching

How to deal effectively with change, optimize your CV and excel at interviews, develop your communication & presentation skills, become an effective listener and increase your confidence.

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Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those with higher level qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 in science, engineering or relevant discipline.

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Career Options

With the continued growth of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry in Ireland, this course is suitable for those who wish to upskill to gain either

A technical position within the Pharma/Medical Device Industries in roles such as QC, QA, Project Management, Engineering, Managerial, etc. or 

Supplement their existing core skills to pursue a similar role within the Pharma/Medical Device Industries in areas such as Finance, HR, IT etc.

Potential Roles Include:

  • Product and Process Developer
  • Production Technician/ Operator
  • Maintenance Support
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Process Technicians
  • Support Services
  • Project Engineer

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Our admissions team are on hand to assist you with your application and answer any questions you may have on the course.

Students who wish to apply to this course should follow the following application process. They should have obtained a Level 7 degree in Science, Engineering or a related discipline.

First of all, you will need to complete and submit an enquiry form, located at the top of this page. This is to register interest with us in the chosen course. Once submitted a member of the team will be in contact with you via phone call or email to discuss the course in more detail, assess your eligibility and assist you with anything you need to progress further.

Subject to eligibility, the next step is too to fill out and submit the application form which will require you to submit the following documentation

  • A copy of your CV
  • Copy of a Government issued ID (passport or driver’s licence)
  • Transcript of your previous highest qualification.

We accept scanned documents in a pdf format. Pictures of documents are not accepted.

Following the submission of your application form, a member of our team will be in contact with you.

Please note through the application process if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email on admissions@innopharmalabs.com or call us (01) 485 3346

Why up-skill for the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland?

  • €3 billion in new capital investment
  • €39 billion in exports
  • Over 55,000 employed
  • 9 of top 10 world’s biopharma companies in Ireland
  • 12 of the top-selling drugs made in Ireland
  • Over 8,000 new jobs predicted by 2020
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