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BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations

BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations


Develop your Skills for a Successful Career in the Pharmaceutical Industry

 This degree course in Pharmaceutical Business Operations is conducted by the Griffith Innopharma Faculty of Science and offers a unique blend of technology, regulation and business skills to pursue a career in the highly dynamic pharmaceutical industry.

Why Study Pharmaceutical Business Operations at Griffith College?

The QQI Level 7 BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations course focuses on core competencies such as pharmaceutical manufacturing, regulatory affairs, business improvement (Lean Sigma), clinical research coordination, data processing, project coordination and business management.

Students will gain a greater understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, its history and future direction, life cycles of discovery, development and delivery, and the guiding principles by which the industry operates.

  • Gain exceptional knowledge within an ever-expanding industry.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing, pharmaceutical life cycles, validation, clinical trials coordination, data management & analysis as well as business improvement.     
  • Achieve your potential using a blended learning approach of classroom training and online learning.
  • Attend classes supported by online delivery two evenings per week and one Saturday per month.
  • Develop your skills in career progression to help you pursue a successful career in the pharma industry.
  • Progress your studies in the future to a range of related Level 8 programmes.

Intake Dates

We have two intakes for this course, commencing in the spring and autumn. 

  • September 2019
  • January 2020

What our students say

I was unemployed for about half a year with significant experience in the Pharma industry, particularly in Quality Assurance. It was very difficult to find a suitable job without having completed the degree with Innopharma and Griffith College program course.

I was very happy to complete the course successfully. It gave me the opportunity to meet new people with different backgrounds and share knowledge and experience. This course offered me a variety of skills from the business operations perspective, management and operational behaviour.

It was a great to complete the degree in only 10 months. The work preparation module will give you tips on how to create a LinkedIn account and master your CV to target available roles in the future. As pharma industry is rapidly growing in Ireland, I would advise anyone to take the opportunity to develop new skills for this dynamic industry.

I gained employment towards the end of the first semester. It was great to know that this course offers flexibility to continue to study online.

Kristina Vushkarniik
BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations

Kristina Vushkarniik | Student Testimonial

Course details

This two-semester course will be delivered two evenings a week and one Saturday per month. All classes are recorded and are available for revision and further study. Extensive online resources are also available through the use of Moodle. Extensive coaching & mentorship workshops will also be provided with a specific focus on individual assessment and improvement. 

The following modules are included:

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical dosage forms
  • Drug product formulation and their chemical function
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing processes
  • Quality control release testing requirements
  • Stability testing
  • Process validation
  • Change control
Management & Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational structure and design
  • Organisation culture and change
  • Management & leadership
  • Organisational control and power
  • Work groups and teams in organisations 
Business Improvement - Lean Sigma
  • Lean thinking
  • Six sigma
  • Project planning
  • Process mapping
  • Root cause analysis
  • Creative solutions
  • Corrective action preventative action
  • Data visualisation
  • Presentation skills
Data Analysis & Control Systems
  • Control and data management systems
  • System development lifecycle
  • Process analytical technologies
  • Real-time control system
  • Critical quality attributes
Regulatory Affairs & Validation
  • Pharmaceutical drug life cycle
  • Regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution and clinical trials
  • Elements of typical cGXP quality systems clinical trial
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical distribution
  • Marketing authorisation application
  • Current trends in GMP regulatory audit performance
  • GMP inspection
  • Validation master plan.
Clinical Research Co-Ordination
  • Research & development process
  • Clinical studies
  • Statistical concepts in a clinical study
  • Drug safety system
  • Regulations & Directives applicable to clinical trials
  • GCP inspection
  • Clinical study reports & clinical overview
Operations Management
  • Operations management
  • Sales & operations planning
  • Planning control and improvement
  • Performance measurement
  • Operational governance 

This two-semester programme is delivered two evenings a week and two Saturdays a month.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Minimum qualification of Certificate at NFQ Level 6 or higher in Science / Engineering / IT / Quality or a related discipline.

How to Apply

Students can apply directly through the Griffith website.

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Part-Time


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 4,950.00


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Part-Time


Non EU living Ireland: EUR Non-EU fees are available upon request.

Non EU living Abroad: EUR Non-EU fees are available upon request.

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Graduates of the BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations may be considered eligible to join related Level 8 programmes depending on their particular combination of qualifications, experience and suitability. Many students will progress to the Level 8 BA (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Business Operations.

Career Progression

 Graduates of the BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations are well positioned to pursue a range of careers, including: 

  • Manufacturing Operator / Supervisor
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Business Improvement Specialist
  • Quality Assurance
  • Validation Specialist
  • Data Analytics
  • Clinical Trial Co-ordination

Ready to take the next step?