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International Pharmaceutical Business Management


Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Pharmaceutical Business Management Industry.

Our Master's programme provides learners with the specialist skills required for successful management careers in the pharmaceutical range of industries.

Why Study International Pharmaceutical Business Management at Griffith College?

The MSc in International Pharmaceutical Business Management is available on both a full and part-time basis and is conducted over a 1 or 2.5 year period respectively. The programme develops learners' abilities to research current trends and developments in the Pharmaceutical Business Management Industry and to develop their knowledge, skill and competencies to work in this dynamic business arena across multiple industries, whether they are service or manufacturing oriented. As a graduate of the course you will:

Expand your knowledge of marketing, technological developments, product release and regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry.

Master business development and launching activities within an ever-expanding industry

Become an expert in regional management, forecasting and budgeting

Develop your interpersonal, professional and leadership skills by working independently, and as part of a team on a range of challenging projects.

Part-time learning allows students already working in the area extra time to hone skills.

Pharmachem Skillnet funding is available for this programme

Entry requirements

Candidates seeking access to the Master of Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management programmes are required to hold either:

A Level 8 Honours Degree, 2.2H or higher, in Pharmacy, Science or equivalent discipline.

A Level 8 Honours Degree, 2.2H or higher, in business or related discipline, with at least three years Pharmaceutical related industry experience.

Each candidate's application will be considered individually in accordance with the College's QQI approved quality assurance procedures.

Candidates holding relevant alternative qualifications and those with related experiential learning will be considered under the College's RPL policy.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

The Programme consists of three stages:

Stage 1 & 2 – a two semester taught stage leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management, for learners who wish to exit at that stage. (60 Credits)

Stage 3 - a one semester dissertation based stage, where the learners make regular contact with their dissertation supervisor, leading cumulatively to the Master of Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management. (30 Credits).

Careers or further progression

Academic Progression

Graduates of the Master of Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management wishing to further develop their management competencies and experience will be eligible to transfer to the MBA stage of the existing suite of programmes in International Business.

Career Progression

Graduates of the Master of Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management are well positioned to start, or advance, a highly attractive career in an expanding pharmaceutical industry both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries


+353 21 450 7027

Subjects taught

Stages 1 & 2 - 60 Credits

Management Accounting and Control

Leadership and Management Development

International Strategy

International Marketing Management

Globalisation and Corporate Responsibility

Business Research Methods

Commercial and Financial Considerations in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Quality & Regulatory Framework in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Business & Technology Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Marketing Management for Pharmaceutical Marketers

Stage 3

Dissertation Stage


Validated by QQI.

NFQ Level 9.

Campus: Cork.

Application date

How to Apply

Students who wish to apply for this course may apply directly to Griffith College.

They should have obtained a degree at least a level 8 honours degree in pharmacy, science, business or related discipline.

When our Admissions team receive your application they will be in contact with you directly.

Enrolment and start dates

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

February 2020*

September 2020

*subject to sufficient numbers.

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