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M.Sc./Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology

Course Code: DPTPH-PMTE-2P - M.Sc/.P.Grad.Dip
Duration: Two years, part-time
Closing Date: 31st October annually for admission in the following January - Late applications will be accepted if there are vacancies. Please contact Lorna Loughrey.
Application: Applications for this course should be made online through this link
Course Co-ordinator: Ms. Lorna Loughrey
Telephone: +353 1 896 2811 / 2812
Graduate Studies Homepage: Graduate Studies Office

Planning a career as a Qualified Person or in Pharmaceutical Quality Management?

Obtain the necessary educational background at Trinity College

This two-year distance learning course has run successfully for 25 years. It intended for graduates in the pharmaceutical industry who wish to satisfy the EU educational requirements concerning the ‘Qualified Person’ responsible for the manufacture of human and veterinary medicinal products. Over 400 students have successfully completed the course, many of these now hold global or senior executive quality management positions in pharmaceutical multinational companies.

Entry Requirements

These are determined so that on successful completion of the M.Sc/Postgraduate Diploma, the minimum conditions of qualification for QP status are achieved (EC Directives 2001/83/EC & 2001/82/EC).

  • Completion of a University degree or third-level equivalent extending over 3-4 years in one of the following scientific disciplines: medicine, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry and technology, biology. Other scientific disciplines may also be considered as suitable.
  • Applicants are expected to have some experience of working in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and associated industries.

Acceptability of the course

Diplomates of the course are recognised by EU regulatory authorities as satisfying the educational requirements in respect of the academic training necessary for registration as a Qualified Person. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee recognition as a Qualified Person, as the granting of such status is the responsibility of the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority, The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) in Ireland. They reserve the right to accept or reject any candidate for registration according to their judgment of a candidate’s suitability and industrial experience.

Applicants with a three-year primary degree and industrial experience must qualify with an M.Sc. but applicants with a four-year primary degree are only required to complete the Diploma programme.

The Course

The course is a two year distance learning course running from January to December each year, comprising of nine modules with parallel assignments per annum - see Course Structure below. The general areas covered are: ‘Pharmaceutical, Medicinal & Analytical Chemistry’, ‘Pharmaceutical Processing’ and ‘Drug Action, Uses and Assessment’. During the year participants must undertake a number of manufacturing facility visits and there is also a requirement for limited attendance at the School of Pharmacy for practicals, workshops, regulatory lectures and the annual exams - approximately eight days per year. The course schedule is designed to accommodate students travelling from abroad - in general requiring 3-4 visits per year. Recent international graduates include those from Singapore and California.

Candidates who are eligible and wish to progress to the M.Sc. must undertake an industrial practice dissertation. These dissertations require an extensive literature review followed by experimental work or data acquisition and subsequent analysis of data that has been generated by the student.

Course Structure (Modules)

Year 1 Year 2
January Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Unit Processes
Principles of Drug Action
Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
Sterile Products
Pharmacognosy & Pharmaceutical Biology
April Pharmaceutical Analysis
Principles of Preformulation
Systematic Pharmacology
Medicinal Chemistry
Project Management
Chemotherapy & Drug Assessment
August Pharmaceutical Statistics
Pharmaceutical Processing
Regulatory Affairs
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
GMP & Design of Manufacturing Facilities

The School recognises that applicants may, by virtue of academic background and industrial experience, be familiar with the contents of one or more of the modules. Requests for exemption are invited after the issue of modules from suitably qualified students and the academic responsible will review each case individually.

Application Procedure

Application for this course should be made online through the Graduate Studies website: Please e-mail your CV to the office ( at the same time as applying on-line. We will then be able to assist with your application. The CV replaces the need to fill in the section asking about the responsibilities and skills used while working in each job position.
Should you have any queries or difficulties, please call or e-mail the office and we will do our best to resolve any issues (contact details below).
The link to the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences courses is located at the bottom of the ‘Health Sciences’ section - click on this for the list of postgraduate courses in the School. Applications are accepted from May onwards for a January start the following year.
Note: For this course, company references replace the requirement for academic references. Applicants should therefore inform their referee that a general reference is required, including the suitability of the applicant for the qualification. This may be done on the academic reference form which is automatically e-mailed to nominated referees or referees may prefer to write a letter of reference and upload it instead.


€10,553 per year

Contact details

Further information may be obtained by contacting:

Course Co-ordinator : Lorna Loughrey (353-1-896 2812), e-mail -

Course Administrator : Louise Griffin (353-1-896 2811), e-mail -

QP Forum 2020

The QP forum took place virtually on Tuesday 8th September 2020. To access the presentations from the event, click here.