Pharmaceutical Manufacturing / Déantúsaíocht Cógaisíochta

Programme Title: Higher Diploma in Science in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology

Candidates must possess a Science, Engineering or related primary degree (level 7). Experience in the pharmaceutical industry is desirable but not essential. All applicants must have competence in spoken and written English. 

This programme prepares science and engineering graduates for work in the bio/pharmaceutical industry. It allows those already working in the industry to keep their skills fresh and prepares production-based personnel for advancement to supervisory and/or management roles.

This course aims to give Science/Engineering graduates an in-depth study of the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical industry with respect to production.

It will give the student both a sound theoretical and practical grounding in the area. The course will also provide students with hands-on experience through assignments undertaken in the Institute’s Pharmaceutical Education Centre.

The bio and pharmaceutical industries in Ireland are currently undergoing a major expansion of scale and activity creating a wide range of career opportunities for interested and suitably qualified persons. Analysts suggest a shortage of well qualified graduates in the coming years which will add to the value placed upon qualifications such as this  

The programme consists of modules of direct relevance to the pharmaceutical industry as well as pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production. Modules are as follows:

Semester 1

  • Aseptic Processing & Utilities
  • Validation

Semester 2

  • Bio Pharmaceutical Processing
  • Industrial Statistics
  • Regulatory Affairs & GMP

Semester 3

  • Drug Formulation & Manufacturing
  • Chemical Pharmaceutical Processing
  • Production Management

This programme will run over three college semesters (18 months) part-time. Candidates must take all modules on offer in each semester.

The programme runs 2 evenings a week over 3 semesters. Some modules may be delivered in blended mode, a combination of class contact and distance learning.

For queries on the application process please contact:

Or call the Lifelong Learning Team on: 01 220 7432

Students' can choose to progress their studies at TU Dublin Tallaght.

TU Code



NFQ Level 8


Higher Diploma in Science in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing


18 months

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

September 2021




€3,450 Year 1

€2,350 Year 2

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