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  • Duration

    5 months

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    Modular Course

Course overview

This modular course is designed to equip learners with specialised knowledge and expertise in the field of clinical research coordination, project planning, finance, professional and technical communications. These modules have been specifically selected to deliver the necessary skills to advance your career or secure employment in the pharmaceutical clinical trials sector. This course is funded under the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus Initiative and is free or subsidised (90%) depending on your employment status and other conditions.

This part-time programme is delivered 1-2 evenings per week and 1-2 Saturdays per month online. It is a QQI Level 8 programme (30 Credits) and delivered in collaboration with Griffith College Dublin. 

The course concentrates on key areas including industry and sector regulations, auditing, project management, finance and technical writing. It provides an opportunity to gain relevant and up-to-date industry knowledge in a convenient and practical timeframe. 

This modular course provides an opportunity for individuals who wish to develop or further enhance their knowledge and expertise in key subject areas. Developed with extensive input from the pharmaceutical and clinical trial sectors, this programme provides learners with the opportunity to gain core competencies around essential subject matter required for roles within the pharmaceutical and clinical trials sectors.

This course is suitable for those from engineering, science, quality, compliance or healthcare backgrounds and is seeking to keep up to date with the relevant industry trends.

Awarding body: Griffith College Dublin


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Course Outline

This part-time programme is delivered 1-2 evenings per week and 1-2 Saturdays per month online. It is a QQI Level 8 programme (30 Credits) and registration and induction will begin in December 2020.

Module 1: Clinical Research

ECTS Credits: 10

This module is designed to provide learners with a detailed knowledge of core industry-related subjects and practices within the Clinical Research sphere. Key module topics include the drug development life cycle, phases of clinical trials, primary regulations & directives, GCP auditing & pharmacovigilance and clinical pharmacology.

Module 2: Project Planning and Finance 

ECTS Credits: 10

Project management skills are essential to bring leadership and direction to projects. Through participation in this module, learners are equipped with the skills to bring forward and apply in a practical project management capacity. This includes developing expertise in project initiation & conceptualization, project scheduling and time management, project budgeting/costing, project closure & communication, project leadership & communication and project risk management.

Module 3: Professional and Technical Communications 

ECTS Credits: 10

This module explores and develops the skills and competencies related to technical/professional communications, incorporating information design and delivery. Featuring core topics which are critical to business success, these include audience analysis, technical report writing, effective data interpretation and visualisation.

Module 4: Career Progression Support

ECTS Credits: N/A

A key part of the programme is focused on providing learners with the necessary skills to advance their career opportunities. 

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those who possess qualifications at QQI Level 7 or higher in Science, Engineering, Quality or a related 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 Level 8 qualification could help kick-start your career progression as an executive, manager or director in the following specialities:

  • Business Improvement
  • Clinical Trial Coordination
  • Quality Functions
  • New Business Introduction 
  • Project Planning   

Academic Progression

Successful graduates can apply for our (Hons) Degree in Pharmaceutical Business Operations.  

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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 courses.

Students who wish to apply to this course should follow the following application process. They should have obtained a Level 7 (ETCS 120 Credits) Qualification 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.
  • Proof of employment/unemployment
  • Declaration of Purpose Form (this will be provided for you and must be signed to process your application)

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

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


Why up-skill for the pharmaceutical clinical trials 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
  • Since 2014, there has been a 43% increase in Clinical Trials approved



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BioPharmaChem have collaborated with Innopharma for a number of years now. Their programmes are highly relevant to the (bio)pharma sector and are in alignment with and in direct response to the expert group on Future Skills Needs study.

Matt Moran, Director at Biopharmachem Ireland

Government & HEA

Funded by the Government of Ireland and the Higher Education Authority. 

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