Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Regulation

What is... Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Regulation?
These programmes are designed to provide a bridge for students who have qualified in science disciplines to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical and related industries with respect to quality assurance.

***Conversion Programmes***

The School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at TU Dublin run three Masters programs designed to provide a bridge for students who have qualified in science disciplines to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical and related industries. Students interested in Quality Assurance can choose TU258 or DT237 which are offered on a full time or part time basis respectively. Students interested in a career in Manufacturing and Technology can choose DT9279.

These programs are offered as CONVERSION programmes specifically aimed at science graduates interested in a career in the Pharmaceutical or related industries. So whether your original degree was in science on the one hand, or engineering and technology on the other, you are equally likely to benefit. Due to its excellent reputation, our entrants come from a wide range of Universities from Ireland and overseas and represent all science disciplines. Each year we also have a small number of International students from both within and outside the EU. All have found the breadth, depth and rigor of this programme to be both stimulating and challenging. In consequence, it has benefitted them greatly in developing their careers.

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MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Regulation
This programme is offered on a two year part-time basis. It is designed to consolidate, supplement and enhance the knowledge and experience of graduates currently employed in the pharmaceutical sector. It is aimed at those wishing to further their studies in aspects of quality assurance, regulation and validation.

Course Content
The lecture course is divided into twelve modules of 20 hours each. Part-time students undertake twelve modules over 4 semesters. On successful completion of the twelve modules, students will undertake a 6 months industrially based dissertation.

Please note:
There is a dissertation component to the MSc which is carried out while the student is working. It is the responsibility of the student to find work.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
Honours bachelor degree in science or related discipline at 2.2 grade or higher or equivalent qualification. Applicants for the part-time course should be employed in a relevant industrial sector. Selection may 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 may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Subjects taught

The following modules are currently offered:
Q.A., Auditing and Inspection
GMP and Validation
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs
Pharmaceutical Technology and Research Methods
Pharmaceutical Facilities and Utilities
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Management
Process Analytical Technology & Quality by Design
Validation of Aseptic Pharmaceuticals
Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Aseptic Manufacture
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Quality Risk Management
Process Validation for Biopharmaceuticals


2 years part-time.

Method of Delivery: Classroom.

Schedule: Part-time students will normally have an average of seven contact hours per week, comprising lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The modules are normally delivered on 2 evenings and a Saturday morning each week over the course of semesters 1 and 2.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: 01/09/2019.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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