Griffith College

BA(Hons) In Pharmaceutical Business Operations

BA(Hons) In Pharmaceutical Business Operations

BA(Hons) In Pharmaceutical Business Operations

This degree programme is unique as it is the only managerial pharma course of its type currently on offer.

Dublin: Part-Time
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Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:8
Course Level:Undergraduate
Overview

This programme will focus on core competencies such as Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Distribution, Quality Management Systems, Strategic Management, Clinical Research Co-ordination, Project Planning and Finance, and Professional and Technical Communication. 

Students can attend class two evenings a week or attend on-line. Students also attend workshops or practical group one Saturday a month on campus. Extensive Coaching & Mentorship workshops will be provided with specific focus on individual assessment and improvement.

A Demand for New Skills

The pharmaceutical industry has traditionally required individuals with strong science or engineering backgrounds to support its significant manufacturing activities in Ireland. Today, there is a new skill-set required along with those with scientific knowledge. This skill-set requires professional individuals with a strong knowledge of manufacturing, compliance, regulation as well as business improvement. These skills need to be supported with an ability to assimilate information, make effective decisions and communicate clearly using the latest technologies and systems.

This BA (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Business Operations developed by Innopharma College of Applied Sciences in conjunction with Griffith College will equip individuals with these skills and competencies.

Who is this Programme for?

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. With extensive input and participation from the pharmaceutical sector this programme is ideal for those involved in manufacturing, compliance, business improvement, quality assurance, validation, data analytics, clinical trial co-ordination and engineering.

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.

Duration and Hours

This 10 month programme is delivered over two semesters. Learners attend classes two evenings per week (6.30pm - 9.30pm) and one Saturday per month for practical and group work.

Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme learners will be able to:

  • Describe in detail the quality systems, manufacturing, packaging and distribution processes and data methods governing the pharmaceutical industry’s operations, and ongoing development.
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of regulatory and quality management, pharmaceutical packaging, change control and distribution techniques required across pharmaceutical and clinical research.
  • Demonstrate business knowledge of strategic management, environmental scanning and the implementation of appropriate business strategies.
  • Appropriately identify the current and future quality and regulatory requirements for packaging, change control, distribution and contract management and regulatory environment and assess strategies to implement technology transfers, new business introductions, contract manufacturing and project implementation.
  • Exercise appropriate judgement in applying methods for project costing, planning, data collection and analysis tools to plan, implement and track typical projects within the industry.
  • Liaise effectively, ethically and compliantly with others to project manage changes and deliver significant projects and implementations involving multi-cultural and multi-site teams.
 Collaboration & Team Work
Structure

Semester 1

1.    Pharmaceutical Quality Management Systems

  • Pharmaceutical Quality Systems
  • Validation
  • Change control
  • Investigations
  • Audits
  • Annual Product Reviews (APR)
  • Quality Metrics
  • Quality Risk Management

2.    Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Distribution

  • Bio Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Overview
  • Packaging
  • Good Distribution Practice   
  • Product Release
  • Falsified Medicines Directive

3.    Strategic Management

  • Introduction to Strategic Management
  • Scanning the Environment
  • Strategy Formulation
  • Strategy Implementation & Change Management
  • Evaluation and Control

Semester 2

4.    Clinical Research Co-ordination II

  • Introduction to Strategic Management
  • Scanning the Environment
  • Strategy Formulation
  • Strategy Implementation & Change Management
  • Evaluation and Control

5.    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

6.    Professional & Technical Communications    

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Audience Analysis
  • Technical Report Writing
Entry Requirements
General Requirements
Level 8 BA In Pharmaceutical Business Operations

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.

Fees

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.

Sponsorship

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: accounts@griffith.ie:

Please Note

A registration Fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

The tuition fees quoted below are tuition fees for Year 1 of the course only.

This charge is incurred to finance arrangements required under Part 6 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act, 2012 to ensure protection of enrolled learners.

If you could like to discuss payment options for this course, contact Orla on +353 1 4853346 or email education@innopharmalabs.com.

EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5, 750
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 5, 750
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR Non-EU fees are available upon request.
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 email education@innopharmalabs.com

Progression
Career Progression: 

Possible roles successful students may be suitable for upon completion of this course:

  • Manufacturing Supervisor / Manager
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Business Improvement Specialist
  • Quality Assurance
  • Validation Specialist
  • Data Analytics Specialist
  • Clinical Trial Co-ordination Roles
Getting Results

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.