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BA (Hons) In Pharmaceutical Business Operations

BA (Hons) In Pharmaceutical Business Operations


Enhance your pharmaceutical knowledge and skills for an excellent career in highly dynamic industry

 This Honours degree course in Pharmaceutical Business Operations is conducted by the Griffith Innopharma Faculty of Science and is the only pharma course of its type on offer in Ireland.

Why Study Pharmaceutical Business Operations at Griffith College?

The QQI Level 8 BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations is a blended delivery of classroom based training supported by live online delivery. The programme 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 programme is targeted at those who wish to develop their career in the areas of pharmaceutical operations, compliance, business improvement, technology transfer, validation and clinical trials.

  • 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 9 programme
Course details

This two-semester course will be delivered two evenings a week and one Saturday a month. All classes are recorded 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 Quality Management Systems
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Systems
  • Validation
  • Change control
  • Investigations
  • Audits
  • Annual Product Reviews (APR)
  • Quality Metrics
  • Quality Risk Management
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Bio Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Overview
  • Packaging
  • Good Distribution Practice
  • Product Release
  • Falsified Medicines Directive
Strategic Management
  • Introduction to Strategic Management
  • Scanning the Environment
  • Strategy Formulation
  • Strategy Implementation & Change Management
  • Evaluation and Control
Clinical Research Co-ordination II
  • Introduction to Strategic Management
  • Scanning the Environment
  • Strategy Formulation
  • Strategy Implementation & Change Management
  • Evaluation and Control
Project Planning & Finance
  • Project Management
  • Project Initiation & Conceptualisation
  • Project Scheduling and Time Management
  • Project Budgeting / Costing
  • Project Leadership & Communication
  • Risk Management
  • Contracting and Procurement
  • Controlling and Closing Contracts
Professional & Technical Communications
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming - Understanding how we communicate
  • Audience Analysis
  • Technical Report Writing
  • CV Preparation
  • Interview Skills

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

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Entrants will possess a minimum qualification at NFQ Level 7 in science, engineering, quality or a related discipline. Recognition of prior learning will also be taken into account.

How to Apply

Applicants should contact Orla McKiernan or a member of Innopharma College of Applied Sciences education team at +353 1 485 3346 or via email.

Students can also apply directly through


Fee Information 

A Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 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.

Tuition Fees

EU living Ireland: EUR 4, 950

EU living Abroad: EUR 4, 950

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

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.

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]

Academic Progression

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Business Operations may be considered eligible to join related Masters Degree programmes such as the MSc In Pharmaceutical Business and Technology.

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 Coordination

Ready to take the next step?