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MSc Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems (Online)

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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Chemistry

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years Part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    The fee for this course is €8,990 per year.

  • Last Updated

    16 September 2019

ourse Outline

This two-year distance learning course is aimed at graduates who currently work within the pharmaceutical industry who wish to fulfil the EU educational requirements for Qualified Person (QP) status. Graduates who complete this course 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.

The course is not limited to aspiring QPs. It is designed to broaden your professional development and provide up-to-date assessments of the latest trends in the areas of pharmaceutical/ biopharmaceutical development, manufacturing and quality. The individual modules provide knowledge and experience of benefit to all technical, quality, regulatory and managerial staff in the pharmaceutical industry. Individual modules may be taken as CPDs.

Course Requirements (Pathway 1)

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.

Modules (90 credits):

Part I 

PF6200 Pharmaceutical Chemistry (10 credits)

PF6201 Pharmaceutical Dosage Form Design (5 credits)

PT6401 Pharmacology (5 credits) 

PF6202 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing - API to Finished Product (5 credits)

PF6203 Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Sterile Manufacturing (5 credits)

PF6204 Biopharmaceutical Development of Investigational Medicinal Products (5 credits)

PF6205 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (5 credits) 

PF6206 Pharmaceutical Statistics and Process Control (5 credits)

PF6207 Pharmaceutical Plant and Process: From Design through Validation (5 credits) 

PF6208 Quality Management Systems and Regulatory Affairs (5 credits) 

PF6209 Role and Professional Duties of the Qualified Person (5 credits)

Part II

PF6210 Research Project — Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems (30 credits)

The research project will be centred in an industrial pharmaceutical setting. Consideration will be given to your chosen project area but all project titles must be approved in advance by the course committee and supervised by a member of academic staff at UCC.

Note: Taught modules will be offered on a cyclical basis over alternative years.

Course Requirements (Pathway 2)

Students take 30 credits as follows:

PF6210 Research Project — Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems (30 credits)

CPD

Students may take individual modules as continued professional development.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme will be taught online.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

Course Practicalities

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.

Teleconferences and webinars are held regularly throughout the year.

Students must attend a three day workshop held in UCC at the end of each semester, usually in December and February. 

Exams are held in UCC in April. In some cases, arrangements can be made to sit the exams at a different university.

Assessment

Assessment consists of a mixture of continuous assessment and end-of-year written exams. Exams take place in April each year, with repeats in autumn if required.

Continuous assessments form part of each taught module and can be in various formats such as online MCQs, essays and interactive exercises on blackboard. The value of the continuous assessments varies for each module but can count for 20-50% of the overall mark.

Why Choose This Course

The MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality systems has been approved by the HPRA in meeting the educational requirements for QP status as stated in directive 2001/83/EC. Students who have completed this course and have the relevant work experience are eligible to apply to an EU regulatory authority to register as a QP. 

Skills and Careers Information

Although the course meets the educational requirements for registering as a QP, it is not only aspiring QPs who complete the course. Many of our graduates use the skills obtained in the course to develop their careers within other areas of the pharmaceutical industry.

Students from the EU can use this qualification to apply to your regulatory authority to register as a QP. Last year, a number of students from Malta graduated from this course and registered as QPs in Malta.

Individual modules can be studied as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Requirements


Visit the MSc Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems (Online) page on the University College Cork website for more details!

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