Griffith College

BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations

BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations

BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations

This pharmaceutical course focuses on the core competencies of Pharmaceutical Business Operations and related disciplines

Student Undertaking Pharmaceutical Course in Griffith College Dublin
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:7
Duration:The duration of this course is 12 Months.

About the course

This 12 month degree course in Pharmaceutical Business Operations is unique as it is the only managerial pharma course of its type on offer in Ireland. The course focuses on core competencies such as Pharmaceutical Business, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs, Data Analysis, Business Improvement (Lean Sigma), Clinical Research Coordination, Data Processing and Project Co-ordination.
The course focuses on the professional development of students through development of their CV, and related interview, networking, presentation and communication skills.
Online learning and support will be provided through the use of Moodle.

Planning for your future

  • Would you like to develop your skills in the Pharmaceutical sector?
  • Are you on a Career Progression Programme to become a Supervisor / Team Leader?
  • Would you like to gain skills in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Business Improvement, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Tria  ls and Data Analytics?
  • Do you possess a minimum qualification at NFQ Level 6 in Science / Engineering / IT /Business or a related discipline?

If yes then this course by Innopharma College of Applied Sciences is ideal for you. This pharmaceutical degree course has been developed in collaboration with Griffith College Dublin. 

Why Upskill for the Pharmaceutical Sector

The Pharmaceutical industry in Ireland

  • 19 of the world's top 20 pharma companies
  • In excess of 50,000 people work in the sector
  • 5 out of 8 of the world's top selling drugs produced in Ireland
  • World's largest net exporter of Pharmaceuticals

The successful graduate will be able to:

  • Understand the pharmaceutical industry, its history and future direction, the life cycles of Discovery, Development and Delivery and the guiding principles by which the industryoperates.
  • Understand in detail Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Life Cycles,Validation, Clinical Trials Co-ordination, Data Analysis and Business improvement.
  • Identify the regulatory quality systems requirements, operational behaviours and identify critical quality attributes and improvement opportunities for a pharmaceutical / clinical process.
  • Correctly select and apply the appropriate business planning/analysis tools to coordinate activities as well as investigate and recommend improvements for businessprocesses.
  • Analyse, interpret, and manipulate data in pursuit of solutions to specific business problems.
  • Work effectively, ethically and compliantly with others to adhere to given policies/procedures as well as lead/coordinate others to deliver business projects/improvements on time.


Course Duration
This two semester course will be delivered part-time over a 12 month period.

About BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations Course

Participants who were unable to attend a particular module can obtain the information online if required. Extensive Coaching & Mentorship workshops will be provided with specific focus on individual assessment and improvement.

This 12 month course will be delivered part time, two evenings a week and two Saturday a month.  The course will run over 2 semesters

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

Pharmaceutical Business

  • History & future direction of pharmaceutical industry
  • Drug discovery lifecycle
  • Global clinical trials business
  • Process scale up; regulatory controls
  • Manufacturing authorisation process
  • Roles within the pharmaceutical industry

Business Improvement - Lean Sigma

  • Lean thinking; six sigma
  • Project planning
  • Process mapping
  • Root cause analysis
  • Creative solutions
  • Corrective action preventative action
  • Statistics; data visualisation
  • Presentation skills
  • Effective decision making

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
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Effective networks
Entry Requirements
General Requirements
BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations

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


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:

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.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

If you would like to discuss payment options for this course, contact Orla on +353 1 4853346 or email

EU living Ireland: 
EUR €4,950
EU living Abroad: 
EUR €4,950
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR Available on request
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR Available on request
How to Apply

If you are interested in this course please contact us for more information

Call Orla on +353 1 4853346

Email innopharma:


Academic Progression: 

We would encourage students to continue their study in this area on completion of this course, progressing to a Level 8 Degree BA (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Business Operations.  Should a student wish to progress further, there are a number of Masters of Science programmes available at the Griffith Innopharma Faulty of Science 


BA Pharmaceutical Business Operations course academic progression
Career Progression: 
BA Pharmaceutical Business Operations course career progression

Graduates of the course are well positioned to pursue a range of careers, including: Manufacturing Supervisor/Manager, Compliance Specialists, Business Improvement Specialist, Quality Assurance, Validation, Data Analytics, Clinical Trial Co-ordination, Packaging, Engineering.

The pharmaceutical industry in Ireland:

Currently generates over 50 percent of the country’s exports contributing to making Ireland the largest net exporter of medicines in the world. Maintains substantial operations belonging to 9 of the top 10 companies in the world Manufactures 5 of the world's top 12 medicines. Directly employs over 24,500 people, over half of which are third level graduates. Employs another 24,500 people in the provision services to the sector. Has invested over €7 billion in Ireland over the decade and according to IDA Ireland the replacement value of the investment by the pharmaceutical sector in the Irish economy is over €40 billion.


Potential Roles include;

  • Manufacturing Supervisor / Manager
  • Supply Chain Planner
  • Clinical Trials Co-ordinator
  • Business Improvement Specialist - Lean and Six Sigma
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Process Improvement Specialist
  • Project Co-ordinator
  • Pharmaceutical Operations
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Data Modelling
  • New Product Introduction

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.