NFQ Level 9, Major Award
The MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems is a part-time distance learning programme running over a minimum of 24 months from the date of first registration for the programme. This taught MSc is recognised by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) as fulfilling the educational requirements for Qualified Person (QP) status required by EC Directive 2001/83/EC and so forms a good starting point for suitably experienced graduates to apply to the HPRA for registration as a QP.
In Part I students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits, run over a minimum of 18 months. The taught modules will 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 3-day workshops on campus per year, involving lectures, practical sessions, tutorials and industrial site visits.
In Part II students complete a research project module to the value of 30 credits. The conditions of employment of graduates wishing to pursue the programme should be such that they may carry out their research project in their place of employment.
Note: The Programme Management Committee may permit students to undertake the MSc (Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems) (1 year pathway) only if they hold a Postgraduate Diploma (equivalent to NFQ Level 9) in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems or a similar award from an accredited School of Pharmacy, which has been completed within the previous five years.
Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems
A candidate who passes all taught modules in Part I (60 credits) may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems.
For information about modules, module choice, options and credit weightings, please go to Programme Requirements.