Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

This programme prepares science and engineering graduates for work in the bio/pharmaceutical industry. It allows those already working in the industry to keep their skills fresh and prepares production-based personnel for advancement to supervisory and/or management roles.

This course aims to give Science/Engineering graduates an in-depth study of the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical industry with respect to production.

It will give the student both a sound theoretical and practical grounding in the area. The course will also provide students with hands-on experience through assignments undertaken in the Institute's Pharmaceutical Education Centre.

Entry requirements

Candidates must possess a Science, Engineering or related primary degree (level 7). Experience in the pharmaceutical industry is desirable but not essential. All applicants must have competence in spoken and written English.

Subjects taught

The programme consists of modules of direct relevance to the pharmaceutical industry as well as pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production. Modules are as follows:

Semester 1
Aseptic Processing & Utilities

Semester 2
Bio Pharmaceutical Processing
Industrial Statistics
Regulatory Affairs & GMP

Semester 3
Drug Formulation & Manufacturing
Chemical Pharmaceutical Processing
Production Management

This programme will run over three college semesters (18 months) part-time. Candidates must take all modules on offer in each semester.


18 months part-time
2 Evenings per week over 3 semesters

Enrolment dates

Contact the College for the next start date.

Post Course Info

The bio and pharmaceutical industries in Ireland are currently undergoing a major expansion of scale and activity creating a wide range of career opportunities for interested and suitably qualified persons. Analysts suggest a shortage of well qualified graduates in the coming years which will add to the value placed upon qualifications such as this.

Students' can choose to progress their studies at TU Dublin Tallaght.

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