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  • Duration

    12 months

  • Level

    Modular Course

Course overview

This modular course is designed to equip learners with specialised knowledge and expertise in the field of clinical research management, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, pharmaceutical manufacturing and quality systems. These modules have been specifically selected to deliver the necessary skills to advance your career or to secure employment in the life science 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 online and 1-2 Saturdays per month. It is a QQI Level 9 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. 

Developed with extensive input from the pharmaceutical and clinical trial sectors, it offers a unique blend of modules, providing learners with an opportunity to specialize and develop capability in a practical and convenient timeframe. 

This course is suitable for those from engineering, science, quality, compliance, and healthcare background and are seeking to keep up to date with relevant industry advances.  

Awarding body: Griffith College Dublin



Course Outline

This part-time programme is delivered 1-2 evenings per week online and 1-2 Saturdays per month. It is a QQI Level 9 programme (30 Credits) and registration and induction will begin in December 2020. 

Module 1: Clinical Research Management

ECTS Credits: 10

Learners develop knowledge and competence in core industry subjects and practices including the drug development life cycle, clinical trials project management, contract research organisations (CRO), competitive marketing in the clinical trials sector, managing commercial relationships.

Module 2: Process, Production and Pharmaceutical Quality Systems

ECTS Credits: 10

This module equips learners with detailed knowledge of the pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry, pharmaceutical manufacturing and products, pharmaceutical quality system elements validation and change control, pharmaceutical plant design, pharma 4.0 and the principles of quality by design.

Module 3: Regulatory Landscape of Pharmaceutical Business

ECTS Credits: 10

This module is designed to enable learners to interpret and apply strategies in order to implement pharmaceutical legislative and regulatory core principles within a pharmaceutical manufacturing setting.  The module includes key topics such as regulatory statutory frameworks, current GMP regulations, Irish and European Union law, ICH proceedings and the future regulatory outlook

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. 






Academic Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those who possess qualifications at QQI Level 8 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 9 qualification could help kick-start your career progression as an executive, manager or director in the following specialities:

  • Business Operations 
  • Business Development 
  • Clinical Trial Management
  • Quality Functions
  • New Business Introduction 
  • Business Improvement & Lean Six Sigma
  • Project Planning 
  • Technology Specialist  

Academic Progression

Successful graduates can apply to our MSc in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology.  

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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 8 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 relevant 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.

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 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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Innopharma Education delivered an onsite up-skilling program for LEO Pharma employees, enhancing their knowledge of advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing.

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