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Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Biotechnology (FT) / Dearbhú Cáilíochta Cógaisíochta & an Bhiteicneolaíocht Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Regulation (PT) / Dearbhú Cáilíochta Cógaisíochta & Rialachán

DT233 FT DT237 PT


These programmes are designed to provide a bridge for students who have qualified in science disciplines to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical and related industries with respect to quality assurance.

Conversion Programmes

The School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at DIT run three Masters programs designed to provide a bridge for students who have qualified in science disciplines to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical and related industries.  Students interested in Quality Assurance can choose DT233 or DT237 which are offered on a full time or part time basis respectively.  Students interested in a career in Manufacturing and Technology can choose DT9279.

These programs are offered as CONVERSION programmes specifically aimed at science graduates interested in a career in the Pharmaceutical or related industries.  So whether your original degree was in science on the one hand, or engineering and technology on the other, you are equally likely to benefit.  Due to its excellent reputation, our entrants come from a wide range of Universities from Ireland and overseas and represent all science disciplines. Each year we also have a small number of International students from both within and outside the EU.  All have found the breadth, depth and rigor of this programme to be both stimulating and challenging.  In consequence, it has benefitted them greatly in developing their careers.

For more information see course summaries below or visit the School website at:

DT233 MSc Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Biotechnology (Full Time)

This programme is offered on a one year full—time basis followed by a 6 months industry based dissertation. It is designed to provide a bridge for graduates with a degree in science or related disciplines to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical sector. The programme offers a broad based curriculum covering aspects of quality assurance, auditing, manufacturing and pharmaceutical science and biotechnology.

DT237 MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Regulation (Part Time)

This programme 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.

DT9279 MSc Pharmaceutical Validation Technology (Part Time)

This programme is offered on a two year part-time basis.  This course is designed to provide education at postgraduate level in aspects of pharmaceutical validation technology to scientists, engineers and other professionals who operate in the pharmaceutical industry.  It is aimed at those wishing to further their studies in aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing and validation.  The programme places a strong emphasis on integrating scientific principles and to practical case study examples for the fast-changing pharmaceutical regulatory environment.

Entry Requirements:

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 may be by interview.

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

Course Content

The lecture course is divided into twelve modules of 20 hours each. Full-time students undertake twelve modules over two semesters. Part-time students undertake twelve modules over 4 semesters. On successful completion of the twelve modules, students will undertake a 6 months industrially based dissertation.

Please note:

There is a dissertation component to the MSc which is carried out while the student is working.  It is the responsibility of the student to find work.

The following modules are currently offered:

  • Q.A., Auditing and Inspection
  • GMP and Validation
  • Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs (part-time only)
  • Biotechnology (full-time only)
  • Pharmaceutical Technology and Research Methods
  • Pharmaceutical Facilities and Utilities
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Management
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis & Method Validation (full-time only)
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Process Design & Development for API Production (full-time only)
  • Process Analytical Technology & Quality by Design (part-time only)
  • Biopharmaceutical Analysis (full-time only)
  • Validation of Aseptic Pharmaceuticals (part-time only)
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Aseptic Manufacture
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Quality Risk Management (part-time only)
  • Process Validation for Biopharmaceuticals

For Further Information

DT233 Co-ordinator -  Dr Elaine Harris

DT237 Co-ordinator -  Dr Fiona O'Sullivan

School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Sciences and Health
DIT Kevin Street Lower, Dublin 08 NF82

T: 01 402 4646 E: (DT233)  

T: 01 402 4956 E:  (DT237)

MSc Administrator

Patricia Lyons E: T: 01 402 4879


Written assignments, practical work, written examinations, dissertation.


School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Science, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8

Timetable / Hours

Full-time students will normally have an average of fourteen contact hours per week, and part-time students an average of seven contact hours per week, comprising lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The modules are normally delivered on 2 mornings, 2 afternoons (full-time only) and 2 evenings and a Saturday morning (part-time and full-time) each week over the course of semesters 1 and 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

EU Fees*

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For full-time postgraduate fees click here

For part-time postgraduate fees click here

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding

Non EU Fees click here