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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 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. 

  • September 2019
  • January 2020

What our students say

Kamil Szymansk

As opposed to other courses that I have completed, I found the content of this MSc programme to be very practical. The lecturers are current industry experts with years of experience, which made my training rich in the knowledge of new advancements, trends and regulations across biopharmaceutical and clinical research sectors. This gives me a distinct advantage during my job search, which is reflected in the response I get from recruiters. A significant amount of this MSc programme focuses on teamwork, which is a critical skill in the pharma industry. During my time at Innopharma, I worked on industry-inspired projects in multicultural and interdisciplinary teams, which I believe prepared me to enter the pharmaceutical sector and be successful. This course was also an excellent opportunity to broaden my professional network, as many of my classmates were already working in the industry and upskilling for more senior positions. I finished my MSc with first class honours.

Kamil Szymansk
MSc in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology
Course details

This two-stage programme is delivered two evenings per week and two Saturdays per month.

  • Stage 1: A three-semester taught programme in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology (60 ETCS Credits) leading cumulatively to a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology.
  • Stage 2: A one-semester dissertation stage leading to an MSc of Science in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology (30 ETCS Credits).
Course Content
  • Process, Production & Pharmaceutical Quality
  • 21st Century Dynamics & Emerging Trends
  • Regulatory Landscape of Pharmaceutical Business
  • Clinical Research Management
  • Pharmaceutical Technology Transfer
  • Strategy, Leadership & the Culture of Innovation
  • Operational Excellence & the Science of Innovation
  • Research Methods
  • 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 higher 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 Innopharma College of Applied Sciences education team at +353 1 485 3346 or via email

Students can also apply directly through

Tuition Fees

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


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 8,450.00


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

EU living Abroad: EUR 8,450

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?