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Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Regulation / Dearbhú Cáilíochta Cógaisíochta & Rialachán

Course Title: Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Regulation

Honours bachelor degree in science or related discipline at 2.2 grade or higher or equivalent qualification. Applicants for the part-time course should be employed in a relevant industrial sector. Selection of suitable candidates will be by interview.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate courses satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the course of study applications will be assessed based on their academic grades and may also take into account their work/life experience. Applicants will also be required to attend an interview for specific courses.

Interviews will be virtual, applicants do not have to attend in person.

The MSc in Pharmaceutical QA and Regulation provides specific education at postgraduate level in ‘Quality Assurance’ and Pharmaceutical Regulatory requirements, to scientists and other professionals who operate in the ‘Quality Environment’ of the bio/pharmaceutical industry (accounting for up to 25% of graduates in this sector).

There are more than 85 pharmaceutical companies in Ireland with 9 of the world’s top 10 pharma companies having substantial operations here. The course is tailored to those who wish to work in this sector.

The course provides an industry-relevant, broad-based curriculum which focusses on the Quality and Regulatory Framework for the bio/pharmaceutical industry.

The course is flexibly designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competence required to work in the area of Quality Assurance. TU288 is offered on a two-year part-time basis. It is designed to consolidate, supplement and enhance the knowledge and experience of graduates currently employed in the pharmaceutical sector. It is aimed at those wishing to further their studies in aspects of quality assurance, regulation and validation.

The course is divided into two stages – stage 1 and stage 2.

Stage 1 - The taught part of the programme (nine modules), is delivered to students on a part-time basis over two years. Students undertake the nine modules over 4 semesters. All modules are assessed by assignment.

Stage 2 - On successful completion of the nine modules, students undertake a 6 months industrial based dissertation while working in their place of work.

The course is delivered online. However, attendance at scheduled workshops will be required.

The following modules are currently offered:

  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Aseptic Manufacture (Drug Product)
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Research Methods – 10 ECTS
  • Pharmaceutical Regulation, Validation and Statistics – 10 ECTS
  • Biopharmaceutical Manufacture (Drug Substance)
  • Process Technologies (Process, Facilities, Equipment & Utilities) 10 ECTS
  • Quality Risk Management
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Management
  • Advanced Therapeutics & their Regulation
  • Innovative Medicines & their Regulation

Note: There are three 10 ECTS modules as indicated above, the remaining six modules are 5 ECTS.

The course consists of 100% virtual online delivery. Students will normally have an average of seven contact hours per week, comprising lectures, case studies and discussion sessions. The modules are normally delivered on 2 evenings and a Saturday morning each week over the course of the semesters.

  • Tuesday & Thursday 6-9pm
  • Saturday 10am - 1pm

*Timetable subject to change

Applications for this course are now open. Apply Online Now

TU Code



Level 9


Master of Science


2 years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

September 2023


City Centre: Grangegorman

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€2,835 Years 1 & 2
€135 Year 3

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