Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

What is... Pharmaceutical Manufacturing?
The principle aim of this programme is to provide graduates with diverse skills to work competently in the following manufacturing sectors: Biopharma manufacturing; Finished Dose Manufacturing; Small molecule manufacturing; Medical device manufacturing; Clinical trials; Excipient suppliers; Project engineering. It will enable students to develop key high-level skills in manufacturing and processing, quality assurance, product development, project management, process improvement and regulatory compliance.

This course has been designed to provide Science/Engineering graduates with specialist knowledge and skills to work in (Bio)Pharma in both a manufacturing and research environment. It will focus on design process control systems; regulatory practice for manufacturing processing; integration of new technology projects; Lean Manufacturing to improve efficiency, quality, safety and compliance; continuous improvement, product and process improvement.

Assessment modes for the taught modules will include a blend of assignments, in-class examinations, laboratory reports, oral presentations, problem-solving exercises and formal written examinations. Students will be expected to conduct research and write up a dissertation for examination in the 3rd semester. This can take place in the place of employment.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
The entry requirements for this programme are a minimum 2nd class honours degree (level 8) in a Science/Quality/Engineering or related discipline.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Advanced Pharma/Regulatory Statistics
Bio-Process Manufacturing Technologies
Regulatory Compliance
Small Molecule Manufacturing

Semester 2
Finished Dose Manufacturing Technologies
Pharmaceutical Management Systems
Research Methods (Literature Review)

Semester 3
Thesis module


18 months part-time.

Method of Delivery: Classroom, Online.

Schedule: The course will involve a mix of online, classroom delivery and laboratory sessions for the first two semesters. The third semester is devoted to the research dissertation/thesis, which takes place under the guidance of an appointed academic supervisor.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: September 2019.

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What are my career opportunities?
Graduates from the MSc in (Bio)Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology will develop the relevant expertise and skills to work in diverse roles including:

Process Engineering; Validation; Technology Transfer; Process Manufacturing; Laboratory analysis; Formulation Development; Management roles; Sterile processing; Regulatory Affairs; Clinical data analysis; Project Management; Process Improvement roles.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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