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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to equip learners with the up-to-date knowledge and skills required to navigate the impact of digitisation on business environments. Focusing on the key business functions of supply chain, operational excellence, validation and sustainability strategies, the programme explores how disruption and innovation will impact both supply chain and manufacturing methods, the importance of building in sustainable strategies, and the concepts of validation / quality assurance.

Graduates will also be able to continue seamlessly to the Bachelor of Science in Process Digitalisation (a 60 ECTS programme). Upon completion of the Bachelor's degree, learners will have acquired the foundational knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to progress to further studies in the areas of digitalisation and digital transformation if desired.

Developed and taught by experienced academics and industry lecturers, this course is delivered through blended learning, 2 evenings per week online and 1-2 Saturdays per month with a mix of online and in-person.

Accreditation: QQI Level 7 Certificate in Operational Excellence and Sustainability in Supply Chain (Minor Award – 30 ECTS).

Next Intake: September 2024. Now accepting applications. 

HCI Pillar 1 is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2023

HCI funded

Continue to the Course Outline section for module information.


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Course Outline

This part-time programme runs over 2 semesters. Lectures are delivered online 2 evenings per week plus 1-2 Saturdays per month in a face to face classroom. 

This course will cover the following modules.

Module 1: The Future of Manufacturing & the Supply Chain 

Explore sustainable practices, evaluate supply chain impacts, and apply climate intelligence for risk monitoring.

Module 2: Progressing Towards a Sustainable Industry 

Discover sustainability concepts, including circular economy, supply chains, and digitalization, for practical application in professional careers.

Module 3: Operational Excellence in a Digital Environment 

Explore traditional and updated operational excellence models in the context of digital transformation.

Module 4: Validation and the Concepts of Quality Assurance

Understand validation processes, quality management, regulatory requirements, and the role of digitalization in improving industry standards.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a QQI Level 6 Certificate (120 credits) in Science, Engineering, Quality or a related discipline.

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Career Options

Over 70% of Innopharma Education graduates have successfully advanced their careers post-completion of our courses. Potential career opportunities following the successful completion of this course are highlighted below:

This course was designed with a large range of industries in mind. Graduates can expect employment across a number of sectors in roles such as:

  • Production Operator
  • Validation Specialist
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Procurement and Purchasing
  • Validation Support
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Training Coordinator
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Data Collection and Integration
  • Data Analysis and Reporting
  • Process Optimisation
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Compliance Monitoring
  • Data Scientist/Analyst
  • Automation Specialist
  • IoT (Internet of Things) Specialist
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • Business Process Analyst
  • Project Coordinator
  • Validation Project Lead

An essential part of the course will be the career progression module where significant support will be given to participants on career development through structured one-on-one CV assistance, interviewing support and developing career networks. regular guest speakers and lecturers from the industry will assist graduates in making links with the industry.

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

Students who wish to apply to this course should follow the following application process.


Step 1: Enquire through the form at the top right of this page

Step 2: A member of our team will be in contact through phone or email

Step 3: If you are deemed to be eligible for the course, you will be sent an application form by email. You MUST fill in this application form and attach all necessary *documents (CV, ID, Transcripts, etc.)

Step 4: On submission of the completed application form and all documentation, your application will be sent to the associated department for final approval. You will receive an e-mail confirming your place on the programme. (Note: This process can take up to one week, particularly during busy admission periods.)

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

**For those who are applying for Springboard or HCI funding, you will be directed to fill out an additional application form on the Springboard website, this is to confirm your eligibility to receive  funding

Please note at any time if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email on admissions@innopharmalabs.com or call us (01) 485 334


Why up-skill for the STEM process manufacturing sectors in Ireland?

  • Over 130,000 employed within these industries
  • Over 40,000 new jobs predicted 
  • Over €62 billion in exports 
  • 9 of top 10 world’s biopharma companies in Ireland
  • 8 of the top 10 worlds medtech companies in Ireland
  • Over 8,000 new jobs predicted



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The course had online lectures so anytime I couldn't go to college I could join the class online. I never missed a class.

BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations Graduate, Joanna Galon, Senior Associate Regulatory Affairs at Amgen



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