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Short Course: Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Microbiology
For QP’s and Medicine Quality Experts

Join Our Short Course in Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Are you looking to enhance your knowledge and stay updated in the evolving field of pharmaceutical microbiology. Our short course builds upon 30 years of teaching excellence in microbiology for manufacturing as part of the MSc in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology. This short course builds upon our expertise in this area and is designed to educate and update participants in pharmaceutical microbiology practice and regulation in a manageable and easily accessible way.

What to Expect:

  • Asynchronous Online Digital Interactive Lectures: Dive into engaging online lectures at your own pace, covering essential topics in pharmaceutical microbiology.
  • Online and Hybrid Tutorials: Interact with world leaders in pharmaceutical microbiology through online and hybrid tutorials. Ask questions, share insights, and network with industry experts and classmates.
  • Flexible Tutorial Options: Choose between joining tutorial three online or in person on campus at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at Trinity College Dublin. Enjoy the flexibility to participate in the format that best suits your needs.

Why Join Us:

  • Expert-Led Learning: Learn from experts in pharmaceutical microbiology, gaining insights from their wealth of experience.
  • Interactive Environment: Engage with peers and experts in a friendly and open environment, fostering collaboration and learning.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry professionals and expand your network, opening doors to new opportunities beyond the course.


  • This short course in Microbiology is for QP’s and Medicine Quality Experts including those working in hospital aseptic units and aims to refresh and advance learning in the area of microbiology for medicine production.

Short Course Team

Academic Director: Bernard Naughton

Short Course Co-ordinator: Lorna Loughrey

Course Delivery: Jane Wyatt, Edel Fitzmaurice, & Bernard Naughton

Jane Wyatt, Executive Director, Quality Operations, Alexion, holds a MSc in Pharmaceutical technology, is a Qualified person with 25 years Manufacturing Quality experience across clinical and commercial operations with in-depth knowledge of sterile manufacturing and Quality management systems. Jane has spent the past 9 years with Alexion Rare Disease Unit, Astra Zeneca with roles in Quality Control, CMO Quality & Product Development Quality. Her most recent role is the Global Head of Quality Operations providing Quality leadership for the team to oversee manufacturing and testing of clinical & commercial product, device quality and product lifecycle mgmt. Roles before Alexion include QC & QA positions in Pfizer and Organon. Additionally, prior to Alexion Jane was the owner of Fine Focus ltd; a GMP consultancy firm specialising in contamination control and sterile manufacturing support biotech companies in Europe.
Edel Fitzmaurice, Qualified Person and Microbiologist at Fitzmaurice Scientific Limited. Edel has over 30 years’ experience as a Microbiologist, in a wide variety of manufacturing environments including medical devices, nutritional products, sterile and non-sterile including inhalation, oral dose and herbals. She is a committee member of Pharmig, a not-for-profit organisation, that is committed to supporting microbiologists in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. She has co-authored the Pharmig guidance document Microbiological Controls for Non-Sterile Pharmaceuticals, 2023. She has had her own business Fitzmaurice Scientific since 2006 and works with a wide variety of companies as a QP and a microbiological support. Edel studied in Industrial Microbiology in UCD (University College Dublin) and holds an MSc in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology from TCD (Trinity College Dublin)
Bernard Naughton is an Assistant Professor is a pharmacist and interdisciplinary researcher with a focus on medicine quality and healthcare management, at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. Bernard is also the Academic Director of the MSc in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology (online). Previously, Bernard was a research fellow at the Saïd Business School, and a member of St Antony's College, at the University of Oxford. Bernard holds a PhD in science and technology in medicine which was jointly supervised by the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School and the Institute of Science and Technology at Keele University. Bernard researches and teaching focusses on pharmaceutical regulation, leadership, and innovation at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Short Course Structure:

  • Course Duration: Part Time. September 5th to September 26th
  • Interactive Asynchronous Sessions: The short course includes three asynchronous online interactive sessions, which can be accessed by participants at their convenience. These sessions include sessions on non-sterile manufacturing, sterile manufacturing, and a session concerning GMP annex 1.
  • Tutorials:

    1.  Introduction: September 5th, 4-4:30pm (Online)
    2.  Non-Sterile Manufacturing: September 12th, 4-5pm (Online)
    3. Sterile Manufacturing: September 19th, 4-5pm (Online)
    4. Microbiology Regulation: September 26th, 4-6pm (Hybrid)
    Participants have the opportunity to interact directly with course experts, share questions, and exchange ideas with the class.

  • Assessment: Assessment is based on a recorded case study presentation.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

  • Content Access: All course content is available on the Trinity College Dublin virtual learning environment ‘Blackboard’

To Join

To join the programme please register here and pay the associated programme fee

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This programme is charged at €1,200 for industry participants €600 for public sector employees. Group discounts are available. Places are limited.

For Further Information

Please contact the course co-ordinator Lorna Loughrey at
Asst Professor Bernard Naughton at