MSc in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology at Innopharma Education

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With this MSc in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology, you will learn about the processes of pharmaceuticals and their production, as well as infusing your knowledge of the business and technological sides of this sector.

This internationally recognised online Masters in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology is a unique blend of technology and business skills.

This programme consists of modules about the processes of pharmaceuticals and their production, as well as infusing your knowledge of the business and technical side of the sector. This will help give you an extra edge in your qualification. In addition, you’ll be awarded insights into the newly emerging trends of the industry, along with classes in leadership development and strengthening your professional skills.

With extensive input and participation from the pharmaceutical and clinical trials sectors, this course is ideal for those involved in manufacturing, compliance, business improvement, quality assurance, validation, data analytics, clinical trial coordination and engineering.

With its unique online part-time delivery, this course is flexibly designed to suit the needs of those in employment. Classes are broadcast online, offering the learners the opportunity to either physically attended or join the online class. All classes are also recorded for prior watching. Students are required to attend on-campus 2 Saturdays a month.

Designed and delivered by highly experienced academic and industry professionals, we have developed the course content focusing on the skills companies are looking for and to advance your career. Accredited by Griffith College Dublin.

Accreditation: QQI Master of Science (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology.

Awarding body: Griffith College Dublin

Students can access lectures online or at class two evenings a week with workshops taking place two Saturday’s a month in Griffith College Dublin. (ECTS: 90 Credits)

A full-time option is available for International Students.

For further information about Innopharma Education and courses available click here.


Module 1: Processes, Production and Pharmaceutical Quality Systems

Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry, pharmaceutical products, manufacturing, quality system elements, validation and change control, pharmaceutical plant design, pharmaceutical quality systems, principles of quality by design.

Module 2: Regulatory Landscape of Pharmaceutical Business

Pharmaceutical legislation and regulation, core principles, statutory frameworks, environmental regulations, Irish and European Union law, planning law, waste management, control of pollution, factory facilities.

Module 3: Pharmaceutical Technology Transfer

The technology Transfer process, research to manufacturing, location to location, life cycle studies, raw material impacts, pilot plan studies, validation, commissioning and cleaning, project management, regulatory framework, analytical methods.

Module 4: 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.

Module 5: Strategy, Leadership & the Culture of Innovation

Current challenges of the pharmaceutical industry, strategic thinking in the Biopharmaceutical industry, leading change in the biopharmaceutical industry, culture of innovation, corporate governance and business ethics.

Module 6: Operational Excellence & the Science of Innovation

Origins of operational excellence, operational excellence implementation models, lean sigma implementation, design of six sigma, science of innovation, TRIZ, key performance indicators (KPI), quality function deployment.

Module 7: 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.

Module 8: Research Methods

Topic selection, literature review, research design, methods of data collection and analysis, ethics.

Module 9: Dissertation

A substantial focus of the programme will also develop the professional skills of the graduate to enhance their future career opportunities through the development of their network, presentation and communication skills


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