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MSc In Pharmaceutical Business and Technology

MSc In Pharmaceutical Business and Technology


An exciting Masters programme developing your knowledge of Pharmaceutical Business, Regulation and Technology

This unique Masters Degree Course is delivered by the Griffith Innopharma Faculty of Science and blends the subjects of pharmaceutical technology and business.

Why Study Pharmaceutical Business and Technology with Innopharma Education at Griffith College?

The MSc in Pharmaceutical Business and Technology is conducted over a 1-2 year period and is available on both a full and part-time basis. The course will focus on core competencies such as pharmaceutical processes and production, pharmaceutical business introduction & technology transfer, emerging trends, operational excellence (Lean & Six Sigma), regulatory affairs, data analytics, strategic thinking and leadership development.

  • Gain priceless practical experience within an ever-expanding industry
  • Develop your professional skills to enhance career opportunities through the development of CVs, interview skills, and networking, presentation and communication skills.
  • All classes are broadcast live online offering the learners the opportunity to either physically attend or join the class online.
  • Extensive coaching and mentoring workshops will be provided with a specific focus on individual assessment and improvement.
  • Part-time learning allows students already working in the area extra time to hone skills.

Intake Dates

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

  • January 2020
  • September 2020

What our students say

Sinead O'Regan

My course really gave me a broad understanding of what the industry wants and needs, as well as how I can adapt my skills to work within the industry, and I think it's really paid off. From what I've heard, there is no other master's programme like it. I really think that if I hadn't done this course, I wouldn't be where I am. I couldn't have the job that I am in now.

Sinead O'Regan
MSc In Pharmaceutical Business Operations

I did my master's in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology with Innopharma, and now I am working as a manufacturing operator in Mylan. I'd definitely say I was able to get this position thanks to my training with Innopharma. Mylan is a great company, and Innopharma helped me get here.

Indrajeet Ravi Menon
MSc in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology
Course details

Note: A full-time schedule is two taught semesters (60 credits) and one dissertation semester (30 credits). 

Semester 1 (20 Credits)
Processes, Production and Pharmaceutical Quality Systems
  • Pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality system elements
  • Validation and change control
  • Pharmaceutical plant design
  • Pharma 4.0
  • Pharmaceutical quality systems
  • Principles of quality by design
Regulatory Landscape of Pharmaceutical Business
  • Pharmaceutical legislation and regulation
  • Core principles
  • Statutory frameworks
  • Current GMP regulations
  • Irish and European Union law
  • ICH proceedings
  • Future regulations
Semester 2 (20 Credits)
Pharmaceutical Technology Transfer
  • Technology transfer process
  • Research to manufacturing
  • Location to location
  • Life cycle studies
  • Raw material impacts
  • Pilot plant studies
  • Validation
  • Commissioning and cleaning
  • Project management
  • Regulatory framework
  • Analytical methods
21st Century Dynamics & Emerging Trends
  • Challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry
  • New product types
  • Patent cliffs
  • Emerging markets
  • Innovative medicines
  • Live licensing
  • Modes of healthcare delivery
  • Governmental strategies
  • Demands on manufacturing and distribution
Strategy, Leadership & the Culture of Innovation
  • Current challenges of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Strategic thinking in the bio/pharma industry
  • Leading change in the bio/pharma industry
  • Culture of innovation
  • Corporate governance and business ethics
Semester 3 (20 Credits)
Operational Excellence & the Science of Innovation
  • Origins of operations excellence
  • Operational excellence implementation models
  • Lean sigma implementation
  • Design of six sigma
  • Science of innovation
  • TRIZ
  • Key performance indicators (KPI)
  • Quality function deployment
Clinical Research Management
  • Drug development life cycle
  • Clinical trials project management
  • Contract research organisations (CRO)
  • Competitive marketing in the clinical trials sector
  • Managing commercial relationships
Semester 4/5
Research Methods
  • Topic selection
  • Literature review
  • Research design
  • Methods of data collection and analysis
  • Ethics
  • Abstract
  • Introduction and rationale
  • methodology
  • Analysis & results
  • Discussions and recommendations
  • Presentation of dissertation

Part Time Offering:

This two-stage programme is delivered 2 evenings per week (in class or online ) and 2 Saturdays per month.

Full Time / International Offering:

Four days per week on campus

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The primary target audience are those with a minimum qualification of an Honors degree (minimum 2.2 or higher) at NFQ Level 8 or higher in Science, Engineering or Quality or related discipline.

Pharmaceutical Science Courses

How to Apply

Applicants should contact Orla McKiernan or a member of the Innopharma Education team at +353 1 485 3346 or via email

Students can also apply directly through


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 8,450.00

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 8,450


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

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

Options will depend on the academic requirements and the career choice of the learner.

Career Progression

 Potential Roles for graduates of this course include:

  • R & D Product Management
  • Production/ Supervisory Management
  • Quality/ Regulatory Affairs Roles
  • Supply Chain Roles
  • Project Management
  • Process Improvement roles

Ready to take the next step?