Pharmaceutical Business & Technology
QQI Master of Science (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology
This internationally recognised online Masters in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology is a unique blend of technology and business skills.
This programme consists of modules about the processes of pharmaceuticals and their production, as well as infusing your knowledge of the business and technical side of the sector. This will help give you an extra edge in your qualification. In addition, you'll be awarded insights into the newly emerging trends of the industry, along with classes in leadership development and strengthening 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.
Domestic & EU applicants - With its unique online part-time delivery, this course is flexibly designed to suit the needs of those in employment. Classes are broadcast online, offering the learners the opportunity to join from home. Students are required to attend on-campus 2 Saturdays per month.
International applicants - Full-time study is available for international students. The full-time course duration is 12 months and in-class lecturers take place Monday - Friday.
Designed and delivered by highly experienced academic and industry professionals, we have developed the course content focusing on the skills companies are looking for and to advance your career.
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.
Module 9: Dissertation
A substantial focus of the programme will also develop the professional skills of the graduate to enhance their future career opportunities through the development of their network, presentation and communication skills
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.
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
Students can access lectures online or at class two evenings a week with workshops taking place two Saturday's a month in Griffith College Dublin. (ECTS: 90 Credits)
A full-time option is available for International Students.
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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:
Clinical Trial Management
New Business Introduction
Business Improvement & Lean Six Sigma