Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Biotechnology - Conversion Course - Grangegorman

What is a Postgraduate Conversion Programme?

A conversion programme enables graduates of one discipline to acquire a qualification in a different discipline at Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Level. Having studied a particular degree you may decide that you wish to change your career path and consider undertaking a conversion programme at TU Dublin.

What is... Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Biotechnology?
TU258 MSc Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Regulation (Full Time): This programme is offered on a one year full—time basis followed by the completion a 6 months industry-relevant dissertation. It is designed to provide a bridge for graduates with a degree in science or related disciplines to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical sector. The programme offers a broad based curriculum covering aspects of quality assurance, auditing, manufacturing in the pharma/biopharmaceutical sectors.

Subjects taught

The programme is divided into two stages – stage 1 and stage 2.

Stage 1 - The taught part of the programme (nine modules), is delivered to students over one academic year. All modules are assessed by assignment.

Stage 2 - On successful completion of the nine modules, students undertake a 6 months industrial based dissertation while working in their place of work.

The programme employs a blended delivery approach with live and on-line lectures/workshops.

The following modules are currently offered:

• Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Aseptic Manufacture (Drug Product)

• Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Research Methods – 10 ECTS

• Pharmaceutical Regulation, Validation and Statistics – 10 ECTS

• Biopharmaceutical Manufacture (Drug Substance)

• Process Technologies (Process, Facilities, Equipment & Utilities) - 10 ECTS

• Quality Risk Management

• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Management

• Advanced Therapeutics & their Regulation

• Innovative Medicines & their Regulation

Note: There are three 10 ECTS modules as indicated above, the remaining six modules are 5 ECTS.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
Honours bachelor degree in science or related discipline at 2.2 grade or higher or equivalent qualification. Selection will be by interview.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants will also be required to attend for interview.

Interviews will be virtual applicants do not have to attend in person.

Personal Statements are required for this programme. Please remember to include this with your application.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Application dates

Applications are open on November 2021.

Assessment Info

Written assignments, practical work, written examinations, dissertation.


1 year plus 6 months industry-relevant dissertation.

Full-time students will normally have an average of fourteen contact hours per week. The modules are normally delivered on 2 mornings, 2 afternoons, 2 evenings and a Saturday morning. The exact timetable will be confirmed before the commencement of each semester.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: 01/09/2020.

Post Course Info

Graduates of the course are well equipped to take up positions as quality professionals and managers in the pharmaceutical and related industries.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Morning,Evening,Daytime,Weekend

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