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  • Duration

    12 months

  • Level

    Modular Course

Course overview

This modular course is designed for those who would like to develop the specialised skills necessary to be successful in the biopharmaceutical, medtech & life sciences sectors. This course funded under the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus Initiative. This course 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 7 programme (30 Credits) and delivered in collaboration with Griffith College Dublin. 

Specifically, participants will gain expertise in regulatory affairs, validation, operational excellence, operations management, planning, control and organisational change.

The course concentrates on key areas including manufacturing, science, regulation, quality, technical writing, lean operations and team leadership skills. 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 life science sector, it offers a unique blend of modules, providing learners with an opportunity to specialize and develop capability in a practical and convenient timeframe.

Applicants are generally from engineering, science, quality and compliance backgrounds and are seeking to keep up to date with relevant industry trends.

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 and 1-2 Saturdays per month online. It is a QQI Level 7 programme (30 Credits) and registration and induction will begin in December 2020. 

Module 1: Management Organisational Behaviour 

ECTS Credits: 5

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

Module 2: Operations Management 

ECTS Credits: 5

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

Module 3: Operational Excellence - Lean Sigma 

ECTS Credits: 10

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 4: Regulatory Affairs and Validation

ECTS Credits: 10

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

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those who possess qualifications at QQI Level 6 or higher in Science, Engineering, Quality or a related discipline.  


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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
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Project Planning 
  • Process Improvement Specialist
  • Project Co-ordinator
  • Pharmaceutical Operations

Academic Progression

On successful completion of the course, students can apply for our QQI Level 7 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 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.
  • Proof of employment/unemployment
  • Declaration of Purpose Form (this will be provided for you and must be signed to process your application)

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 Life Science Sector in Ireland?

  • €3 billion in new capital investment
  • €45 billion in exports
  • Over 50,000 employed
  • 10 of top 10 world’s biopharma companies in Ireland
  • 12 of the top-selling drugs made in Ireland
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We recently participated in the Innopharma programme for facilitating work placements for a number of students within our Manufacturing operations team. The course ensured students were well prepared for the industry.

Maria Quaid, HR Manager at Teleflex

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

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