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  • Duration

    9 months

  • Level

    Modular Course

Course overview

This modular course is designed for those who would like to develop specialised skills necessary to be successful in management roles within the pharmaceutical and life science sectors. 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 9 programme (25 Credits) and delivered in collaboration with Griffith College Dublin. 

Specifically, participants will gain expertise in strategic leadership, operational excellence, pharmaceutical technology transfer, industry challenges, implementing a culture of innovation, business improvement and change management. These modules have been specifically selected to deliver the necessary skills to advance your career or secure employment in the pharmaceutical life sciences sector.

This 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 biopharmaceutical sectors, this programme provides learners with the opportunity to gain core competencies around essential subject matter required for roles within the pharmaceutical sector.

This programme is suitable for those rom engineering, science, quality, compliance or healthcare backgrounds 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 and 1-2 Saturdays per month online. It is a QQI Level 9 programme (25 Credits) and registration and induction will begin in December 2020. 

Module 1: Strategy, Leadership and the Culture of Innovation 

ECTS Credits: 5

Strategic thinking in the biopharma industry; leading change in the biopharma industry; culture of innovation, corporate governance and business ethics; developing and implementing strategies to maintain a competitive advantage in an evolving global environment. 

Module 2: 21st Century Dynamics and Emerging Trends 

ECTS Credits: 5

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 3: Pharmaceutical Technology Transfer

ECTS Credits: 5

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: Operational Excellence and the Science of Innovation

ECTS Credits: 10

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.






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:

  • Operations Management          
  • Technology Transfer           
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Quality & Compliance
  • Operational Excellence 
  • Quality Assurance           
  • Business Strategy

Academic Progression

Successful graduates can apply to our Post Graduate Diploma or the 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 Degree in Science, Engineering, Quality 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 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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We develop education programmes to cater for all the areas within the pharmaceutical sector

Finbarr Sheehy, Director of academic programmes

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

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