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MSc in International Pharmaceutical Business Management

MSc in International Pharmaceutical Business Management


Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Pharmaceutical Business Management Industry

Our Master's programme provides learners with the specialist skills required for successful management careers in the pharmaceutical range of industries.

Why Study International Pharmaceutical Business Management at Griffith College?

The MSc in International Pharmaceutical Business Management is available on both a full and part-time basis and is conducted over a 1 or 2.5 year period respectively. The programme develops learners’ abilities to research current trends and developments in the Pharmaceutical Business Management Industry and to develop their knowledge, skill and competencies to work in this dynamic business arena across multiple industries, whether they are service or manufacturing oriented. As a graduate of the course you will:

  • Expand your knowledge of marketing, technological developments, product release and regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Master business development and launching activities within an ever-expanding industry
  • Become an expert in regional management, forecasting and budgeting
  • Develop your interpersonal, professional and leadership skills by working independently, and as part of a team on a range of challenging projects.
  • Part-time learning allows students already working in the area extra time to hone skills.
  • Pharmachem Skillnet funding is available for this programme

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • February 2020*
  • September 2020

*subject to sufficient numbers

What our students say

Through my masters, I’ve gained not only knowledge to deal with the challenges of this specific area, but also how to manage one of the most talked-about topics currently, sustainability. I was fascinated by how simple actions and adaptations in business strategy can improve the way we treat our environment.

Course details

Duration: 1 Year Full-Time , 2 Years Part-Time

The Programme consists of three stages:

  • Stage 1 & 2 – a two semester taught stage leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management, for learners who wish to exit at that stage. (60 Credits)
  • Stage 3 - a one semester dissertation based stage, where the learners make regular contact with their dissertation supervisor, leading cumulatively to the Master of Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management. (30 Credits)
Stages 1 & 2 - 60 Credits
Management Accounting and Control

This module is concerned with the application of managerial accounting techniques and procedures to the solution of managerial planning, control, and decision-making in all functional areas of business. The module covers models of costing, budgeting, and decision analysis which are instrumental to the effective use of accounting information in strategic and operational planning. By focusing on the thought process involved in analysing business situations, this module will provide learners with the ability to use accounting information to make strategic business decisions. Learners will develop modelling skills including quantitative methods of analysis while obtaining an understanding of management accounting theories, practices and their strategic application. 

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Leadership and Management Development

This module aims to introduce learners to the general subject of leadership and management development. There are contested and competing views (both in practice and in theory) about both management and leadership; about what they are; and about how leadership affects management. The main purpose of the module is to identify those aspects of management which are partially covered in other modules of this course and review them from a leadership and management development perspective. This module explores both the management and leadership aspects of business and suggests ways in which learners can develop as a leader. 

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International Strategy

This module introduces and develops the concepts, perspectives, and tools associated with the discipline of strategy formulation and development. It does this firstly at a fundamental level where conceptual understanding can be provided for and then places the concepts and tools within the complexities of undertaking business in different countries and cultures. As well as providing the learner with a core body of knowledge of strategy, the module aims to go beyond the prescriptive toolbox of strategy making and instil in the learner an appreciation of the complexities, subtleties and human factors that fundamentally shape what businesses do and why. This central aim of the module is consistent with the level of a Master’s programme. ​

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International Marketing Management

This module is designed to build learners’ ability to analyse, evaluate, and manage products and services in an international environment. The module emphasises research, critical analysis and problem-solving skills required for selecting target markets and designing effective marketing mix strategies. Considerable emphasis is also placed on exploring opportunities presented by the digital world and how it impacts global marketing today. Analytical and planning skills will be reinforced via extensive use of case studies, exercises, class discussions research and appraisal of national and international markets. Learners will also develop advanced business communications skills and competence in both oral and visual presentation. 

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Globalisation and Corporate Responsibility

This module deals with two key aspects of Business Management – Globalisation and Corporate Responsibility

Globalisation continues to have a profound effect on our world today. While not a new concept, the level of global political and economic activity has radically increased in recent years. This module is designed to build learners’ understanding of globalisation. It will give learners an appreciation of how political, socioeconomic and cultural events in one region can shape and influence events worldwide. It will also develop learners understanding of the main issues that globalisation entails for businesses and their employees.

The second part of this module is concerned with responsible business practice. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the ethical and social areas of corporate responsibility and the impacts these have on the reputation and success of an enterprise. On completion, learners will possess detailed understanding of the current challenges and opportunities facing companies in area of corporate social responsibility to its many stakeholders. 

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Business Research Methods

This module initiates the preparation of learners for their Masters dissertation. It reviews business research in general and facilitates dissertation topic selection by the learner and guides their drafting of a preliminary critical literature review and the development of a conceptual framework. The will be further developed and proofed against the demands of an appropriate research design in the iterative process of proposal development. A significant element of the module is devoted to research design issues to ensure that learners understand the significance of the process of research and its implications for how trustworthy the findings from the research can be considered. This component of the course covers research paradigms, research strategies, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The importance of illustrating the process in reporting and presenting the research concludes the course. 

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Commercial and Financial Considerations in the Pharmaceutical Industry

This module aims to introduce learners to the commercial and financial considerations and management experience within the pharmaceutical industry. In order to gain market access and remain competitive, pharmaceutical and medical technology manufacturers must be able to demonstrate clinical and economic evidence to providers. Now more than ever, pricing pressure and regulatory restrictions are generating increased demand for this kind of outcomes evidence. ​

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Quality & Regulatory Framework in the Pharmaceutical Industry

This module aims to introduce learners to the quality systems and the regulatory framework that assures the quality, safety, and efficacy of medicinal products. The importance of pharmaceutical quality systems as a comprehensively designed and correctly implemented management system incorporating Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Quality Risk Management is a fundamental part of this module. The module includes a broad overview of pharmaceutical product lifecycle management in a regulatory and legal environment – from discovery through development and commercialization to patent expiry and post-market exclusivity. 

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Business & Technology Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry

This module aims to introduce learners to the general subject of continuous improvement and business transformation as applied in the pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry. The continuous improvement framework is a fundamental aspect of the module and its deployment/application is demonstrated to the learner through integrated process application, human performance excellence, business transformation, and program management. The main purpose of the module is to explore the principles of continuous improvement in the global Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry. This module demonstrates the relevance of continuous improvement and identifies key elements in which learners can apply as leaders to transform their business. 

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Marketing Management for Pharmaceutical Marketers

In the current information age, pharmaceutical marketing is vastly different given the increasing presence of the internet & social media, company consolidation, and regulatory changes throughout the last decade. Not only have the number of blockbuster medications produced by Pharma decreased, but so has the presence of directed sales representatives in physician offices. Therefore, pharmaceutical and health care industry marketers must work harder and smarter to maximise every product’s or service’s potential, within which this module intend on given learners an insight into developments in this area.

This module will provide learners and new industry professionals with a thorough overview of the general principles of marketing including marketing as a process, marketing effectives in the pharmaceutical environment, and coverage of marketing brand and generic drugs with special emphasis on direct-to-consumer advertising and the impact of social media and technology. 

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Stage 3
Dissertation Stage

The dissertation involves an in-depth exploration of a specialised area or issue central to international business management. Drawing on substantial relevant research, literature, concepts and techniques learners will seek to combine management theory and practice. Learners will be supported as they devise the research question, design and apply an appropriate methodology, critically review relevant literature and draw up the dissertation report. The Dissertation offers learners the opportunity to advance their research and business communication skills, and make a significant contribution to their chosen field through enquiry. 

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How to Apply

Entry Requirements

 Candidates seeking access to the Master of Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management programmes are required to hold either:

  1. A Level 8 Honours Degree, 2.2H or higher, in Pharmacy, Science or equivalent discipline.
  2. A Level 8 Honours Degree, 2.2H or higher, in business or related discipline, with at least three years Pharmaceutical related industry experience.

Each candidate’s application will be considered individually in accordance with the College’s QQI approved quality assurance procedures.

Candidates holding relevant alternative qualifications and those with related experiential learning will be considered under the College’s RPL policy.

How to Apply

Students who wish to apply for this course may apply directly to Griffith College. They should have obtained a degree at least a level 8 honours degree in pharmacy, science, business or related discipline.

When our Admissions team receive your application they will be in contact with you directly.


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

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: Full-Time


EUR 11,150.00

Study Mode: Part-Time


EUR 10,650.00

Irish/EU, living abroad

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.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 11,150.00


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: Full-Time


Non-EU living in Ireland: EUR 11,150.00

Non-EU living abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

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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.


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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 Master of Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management wishing to further develop their management competencies and experience will be eligible to transfer to the MBA stage of the existing suite of programmes in International Business.

What is an MBA? Learn more!

Career Progression

Graduates of the Master of Science in International Pharmaceutical Business Management are well positioned to start, or advance, a highly attractive career in an expanding pharmaceutical industry both nationally and internationally.


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