Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems (MSc)

University College Cork Ireland

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time, distance, online

Course starts
September

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About Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems at University College Cork

Overview

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 Details

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 onthe Postgraduate College Calendar

Fact File

Course Code: CKX05 Part-time

Course Title: Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems Online Course

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 2 years Part-time

Course Delivery Method*: Online

Teaching Mode: Part-Time, Distance Learning

This programme will be taught online.

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 8,730 per year

2017 Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.2 honours degree (NQAI level 8) in a science discipline approved by the course committee (e.g, pharmacy, chemistry or biological sciences). See Detailed Entry Requirementa

Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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.

Application Procedure

?Application for this programme is on-line atwww.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note that you will be asked toupload a supplementary document as part of the application process for this programme. Thesupplementary informationrequired is available to view here SupplementaryQuestionsCKX05 (13kB)??

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Further Contact Information

Linda McGuire
Course Coordinator MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality systems
School of Pharmacy
Cavanagh Pharmacy Building
University College Cork
Ireland
Tel: +353-(0)21-4901736
Fax: + 353-(0)21-4901656
Email: L.mcguire@ucc.ie

Dr Brendan Griffin
Course Director
T: +353 (0)21 490 1657
E: brendan.griffin@ucc.ie

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-time, Distance, OnlineHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 8,730 per year

2017 Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.2 honours degree (NQAI level 8) in a science discipline approved by the course committee (e.g, pharmacy, chemistry or biological sciences). See Detailed Entry Requirementa

Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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