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Pharmaceutical Validation Technology

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

This course is designed to provide education at postgraduate level in aspects of pharmaceutical validation technology to scientists, engineers and other professionals who operate in the pharmaceutical industry.

Conversion Programmes

The School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at DIT run four 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 DT233 and DT237 which are offered on a full time or part time basis respectively. See course descriptions below and links to further information.

These programmes 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.

For more information see course summaries below or the School website at:

DT233 MSc Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Biotechnology - (Full-Time)

This programme is offered on a one year full—time basis followed by a 6 months industry based 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 and pharmaceutical science and biotechnology.

DT237 MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Regulation - (Part-Time)

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.

Entry requirements

Honours degree in chemistry 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.


2 years - Part-time

Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Dr Anne Greene
Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Sciences and Health
DIT Kevin Street
Dublin 8
T: 01 402 4909
F: 01 402 4948

MSc Administrator
Johanna King E: T: 01 402 4879

Subjects taught

Process Validation - general
Process Validation - Primary/Bulk /API
Process Validation - Secondary/Finished
Process Validation - Aseptic and Biotechnology
Analytical Method Validation
Cleaning Validation
Equipment Qualification - general
Equipment Qualification - Utilities
Equipment Qualification - Non Aseptic
Equipment Qualification - Aseptic and Biotechnology
Computer Systems Validation
Packaging Validation


Faculty of Science, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8

MSc (Pharmaceutical Validation Technology) of Dublin Institute of Technology.

Timetable / Hours
The lecture course is divided into 12 modules of 40 contact hours each.

Students will have an average of 12 contact hours per week comprising lectures, tutorials and practical sessions (one/two evenings and Saturday morning). In addition, 12 major in-course assignments must be completed over the duration of the course. On completion of the taught element of the programme at an acceptable level, students are normally expected to perform their thesis at their place of employment over six months.

Enrolment and start dates

Course Start Date: February 2019

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