MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology
This two-year distance learning course has run successfully for 26 years. It is intended for graduates in the pharmaceutical industry who wish to satisfy the EU educational requirements concerning the ‘Qualified Person’ responsible for the manufacture of human and veterinary medicinal products. Over 450 students have successfully completed the course, many of these now hold global or senior executive quality management positions in pharmaceutical multinational companies.
These are determined so that on successful completion of the M.Sc/Postgraduate Diploma, the minimum conditions of qualification for QP status are achieved (EC Directives 2001/83/EC & 2001/82/EC).
- Completion of a University degree or third-level equivalent extending over 3-4 years in one of the following scientific disciplines: medicine, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry and technology, biology. Other scientific disciplines may also be considered as suitable.
- Applicants are expected to have some experience of working in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and associated industries.
Acceptability of the course
Diplomates of the course are recognised by EU regulatory authorities as having satisfied the educational requirements in respect of the academic training necessary for registration as a Qualified Person. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee recognition as a Qualified Person as the granting of such status is the responsibility of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). They reserve the right to accept or reject any candidate for registration according to their judgment of a candidate’s suitability and industrial experience.
The course is a two year distance learning course running from January to December each year, comprising of nine modules with parallel assignments per annum. Participants receive nine module booklets in each year. The general areas covered are: Pharmaceutical, Medicinal & Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Processing, and Drug Action, Uses and Assessment. Participants must also undertake a number of manufacturing facility visits. The course schedule is designed to accommodate students travelling from abroad but there is a requirement to commit to attendance at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Ireland for practicals, workshops and regulatory lectures (approximately three times a year, two days per visit). Recent international graduates include students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and California.
Candidates who wish to progress to the M.Sc. must undertake an industrial practice dissertation. These dissertations require an extensive literature review followed by experimental work or data acquisition and subsequent analysis of data that has been generated by the student.
Overall assessment of candidates is based on tutor mark assignments, manufacturing facility tour reports and written examinations.
Candidates who fail to meet the examiners’ requirements may sit supplemental examinations to gain entry to the second year of the programme.
Course work, annual examinations and the M.Sc. dissertation are subject to External Examiner review.
Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in this language through one of the well-established international standard tests: Examinations Minimum Level Required IELTS Grade 6.5 TOEFL 230 – computer based 570 – paper based 88 – internet based Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Advanced English Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Proficiency in English Pearson Vue English Minimum score of 63 to be Language Test eligible (with no section score below 59)
Please note that these are the only forms of English Language Certification that we accept.
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Last updated April 24, 2017