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  • Duration

    9 months

  • Level

    Degree / Higher Diploma

Course overview

The pharmaceutical industry has traditionally required individuals with a strong science or engineering backgrounds to support its significant manufacturing activities in Ireland. Today, there is a new skill-set required along with those with scientific knowledge. This skill-set requires professional individuals with a strong knowledge of manufacturing, compliance, regulation as well as business improvement. These skills need to be supported with an ability to assimilate information, make effective decisions and communicate clearly using the latest technologies and systems.

This Degree in Pharmaceutical Business Operations developed by Innopharma Education in conjunction with Griffith College and is suitable for those with a higher certificate in science, engineering or a related discipline and will equip individuals with these skills and competencies.

This course is delivered part-time and lectures are broadcast live using an online training platform, allowing you to join the class online if for some reason you cannot attend class in person. The modules are also recorded which means you can view them at a later stage.

Accreditation: Level 7 BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations. 

Awarding body: Griffith College Dublin

Next Intake: September 2021


Course Outline

This course is the first year of our Honours Degree in Pharmaceutical Business Operations programme which is delivered over 2 years. Students have the option to enter at year 1 or year 2 (level 8) depending on their prior qualifications. (ECTS: 180 Credits)

Module 1: Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Pharmaceutical dosage forms; drug product formulation and their chemical function; pharmaceutical manufacturing processes; quality control release testing requirements; stability testing; process validation; change control

Module 2: Management & Organisational Behaviour

Organisational structure and design; organisation culture and change; management & leadership; organisational control and power; workgroups and teams in organisations

Module 3: Operations Management

Operations management; sales & operations planning; planning control and improvement; performance measurement; operational governance

Module 4: Regulatory Affairs & Validation

Regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical manufacturing; distribution and clinical trials; elements of typical cGXP quality systems; clinical trials; pharmaceutical manufacturing; pharmaceutical distribution; marketing authorisation application; current trends in cGMP.

Module 5: Operational Excellence - Lean Sigma

Lean thinking; six sigma; project planning; process mapping; root cause analysis; creative solutions; corrective action preventative action; statistics; data visualisation; presentation skills; effective decision making

Module 6: Control Systems and Real-Time Analytics

Control and data management systems; system development lifecycle; process analytical technologies; real-time control system; critical quality attributes

Module 7: Clinical Research Co-ordination

Research & development process; clinical studies; statistical concepts in a clinical study; drug safety system; regulations & directives applicable to clinical trials; GCP inspection; clinical study reports & clinical overview

Module 8: Career Progression

Fundamentals of developing a successful CV; cover letters; presentation and communications skills; networking; interviewing skills; personal coaching & mentorship



Entry Requirements

This course is suited for those with a minimum qualification of Certificate at QQI Level 6 or higher in Science, Engineering, Quality or a related discipline who wish to develop their knowledge and skills on the application of science in the Pharmaceutical industry.


QQI Levels Explained


Career Options

Potential career opportunities following the successful completion of this course are highlighted below:

  • Manufacturing Supervisor / Manager
  • Supply Chain Planner
  • Clinical Trials Coordinator
  • Business Improvement Specialist
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Process Improvement Specialist
  •  Project Co-ordinator
  •  Pharmaceutical Operations

Academic Progression

On successful completion of the Level 7 Degree Programme, students can progress to a QQI Level 8 Hons Degree in Pharmaceutical Business Operations. 


Apply Now

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

Students who wish to apply to this course should follow the following application process. They should have obtained a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Science, Engineering or a related discipline.

First of all, you will need to complete and submit an enquiry form, located on 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 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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