Postgraduate Diploma In Pharmaceutical Business and Technology

pharmaceutical business and technology
3 Semesters Part-Time, 2 Semesters Full-Time
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Full-Time / Blended Learning
Dublin Main Campus / Cork
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

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

This unique Postgraduate Diploma is delivered by the Griffith Innopharma Faculty of Science and blends the subjects of pharmaceutical technology and business. 

This programme is delivered in partnership with Innopharma.

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

The Postgraduate Diploma 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 focuses 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 and interview, 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

  • Dublin - Full-Time - September 2024
  • Dublin - Blended - September 2024
  • Cork - Blended - September 2024

What our students say

Sinead O'Regan
The master's 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 wouldn't have the job that I am in now.
Sinead O'Regan
MSc In Pharmaceutical Business Operations
Students Graduating
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)

  • 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

  • Pharmaceutical legislation and regulation
  • Core principles
  • Statutory frameworks
  • Current GMP regulations
  • Irish and European Union law
  • ICH proceedings
  • Future regulations

Semester 2 (20 Credits)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • Drug development life cycle
  • Clinical trials project management
  • Contract research organisations (CRO)
  • Competitive marketing in the clinical trials sector
  • Managing commercial relationships


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

Applicants must hold 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

English Language 

Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

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.

Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin: EUR 6,450.00

Study Mode: Full-Time

Please refer to the Irish/EU Living Abroad Fees.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.


Non-EU students: a Student Services and Administration fee of EUR200 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

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. The fees relate to Year 1 fees only.

Flexible payment options

Students wishing to pay their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page for more information and assistance.


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?