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Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems

University College Cork

24 months
15130 EUR/year
9630 EUR/year
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This two-year distance learning course in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems at University College Cork is aimed at graduates who currently work within the pharmaceutical industry who wish to fulfil the EU educational requirements for Qualified Person status. 

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Graduates who complete this Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems course at University College Cork and have the relevant work experience are eligible to apply to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) or EU regulatory authority to register as a QP. 

Learning outcomes

In Part I, you will take taught modules to the value of 60 credits, run over a minimum of 18 months. The taught modules incorporate a combination of self-instructional printed materials (i.e. printed module workbooks), teleconferences, web-based seminars and online assessments. Students must also attend the two three-day workshops on campus each year, involving lectures, practical sessions, tutorials and industrial site visits.

In Part II, you complete a research project module to the value of 30 credits. If you want to pursue the course, you must be able to carry out your research project in your place of employment.

Consisting of taught modules by distance learning running from September to April each year. In second year, the research project runs from April to October/November.

The taught modules incorporate printed module workbooks, teleconferences, web-based seminars and online assessments. Each module runs for approximately four weeks. The average amount of directed study that you are advised to undertake per module is about 10-15 hours per week.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
  • Pharmaceutical Dosage Form Design
  • Pharmacology 
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing - API to Finished Product 
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Sterile Manufacturing 
  • Biopharmaceutical Development of Investigational Medicinal Products 
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 
  • Pharmaceutical Statistics and Process Control 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A candidate must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours primary degree in a relevant science discipline (NQAI level 8) which has been approved by the programme committee (e.g. pharmacy, chemistry or the biological sciences)
  • Candidates must be currently employed in a relevant pharmaceutical sector (ideally greater than two years experience) and for the duration of the programme:
  • Consideration may be given to other applicants with suitable equivalent professional qualifications and significant industrial experience (> 5 years relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15130 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15130 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9630 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9630 EUR per year during 24 months.


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