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  • Duration

    11 Months

  • Level

    Masters / Postgraduate

  • Next Intake

    Jan 2022

Course overview

This course is flexibly designed to suit the needs of those in employment. Lectures are a blend of online, distance and 2 Saturdays per month in class. This unique and popular course is delivered by industry professionals ensuring you receive the most up to date and relevant skills to help you advance your career in the pharma/biotech sector. 

This Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology is suited to those from a science, engineering or quality disciplines to learn about the processes of pharmaceuticals and their production, as well as infusing your knowledge of the business and technical sides of the sector. This will help give you an extra edge in your qualifications. In addition, you will be awarded insights into the newly emerging trends in the industry, along with classes in leadership development and strengthen your professional skills.

With extensive input and participation from the pharmaceutical and clinical trials sectors, this course is ideal for those involved in manufacturing, compliance, business improvement, quality assurance, validation, data analytics, clinical trial coordination and engineering.

All classes are broadcast live using an online training platform, offering the learners the opportunity to either physically attend or join the class online. All classes are recorded also allowing learners the opportunity to view later and support revision. Students are required to attend the campus on two Saturdays a month.

Accreditation: QQI Level 9 Post Graduate Diploma in Science in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology

Awarding body: Griffith College Dublin

Next Intake: September 2021


Course Outline

Online lectures take place two evenings per week (Monday, Wednesdays) with in-class lectures taking place two Saturday's per month in Griffith College Dublin & Griffith College Cork. (ECTS: 60 Credits) 

A full-time option is available for International Students.

Module 1: Processes, Production and Pharmaceutical Quality Systems

Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry, pharmaceutical products, manufacturing, quality system elements, validation and change control, pharmaceutical plant design, pharmaceutical quality systems, principles of quality by design.

Module 2: Regulatory Landscape of Pharmaceutical Business

Pharmaceutical legislation and regulation, core principles, statutory frameworks, environmental regulations, Irish and European Union law, planning law, waste management, control of pollution, factory facilities.

Module 3: Pharmaceutical Technology Transfer

The technology Transfer process, research to manufacturing, location to location, life cycle studies, raw material impacts, pilot plan studies, validation, commissioning and cleaning, project management, regulatory framework, analytical methods. 

Module 4: 21st Century Dynamics & Emerging Trends

Challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry, new product types, patent cliffs, emerging markets, innovative medicines, live licensing, modes of healthcare delivery, governmental strategies, demands on manufacturing and distribution.

Module 5: Strategy, Leadership & the Culture of Innovation

Current challenges of the pharmaceutical industry, strategic thinking in the Biopharmaceutical industry, leading change in the biopharmaceutical industry, culture of innovation, corporate governance and business ethics.

Module 6: Operational Excellence & the Science of Innovation

Origins of operational excellence, operational excellence implementation models, lean sigma implementation, design of six sigma, science of innovation, TRIZ, key performance indicators (KPI), quality function deployment. 

Module 7: Clinical Research Management

Drug development life cycle, clinical trials project management, contract research organisations (CRO), competitive marketing in the clinical trials sector, managing commercial relationships.

Module 8: Research Methods

Topic selection, literature review, research design, methods of data collection and analysis, ethics.

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Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those who possess qualifications at NFQ Level 8 Honours degree with a 2.2 or higher in a Science, Engineering or Quality discipline.

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Career Options

This highly desired qualification will help you open the door to an exciting and successful career in the pharma or life sciences industries. This unique masters' qualification could help kick-start your career progression as an executive, manager or director in the following specialities:

  • Business Operations Supervisor/ Manager
  • Compliance Specialist / Manager
  • Business Improvement Specialist 
  • Clinical Trials Coordinator
  • Technology Specialist/ Manager
  • Quality Supervisor/ Manager
  • New Business Introduction Specialist

Apply Now

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.


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 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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