Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs

  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • 1 Year Full-time/2 Years Part-time
  • Carlow
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs (Level 9 - 60 credits)
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


The programme enables existing regulatory affairs personnel in the pharmaceutical regulatory industry to understand all current diagnostic and medical device regulations and develop the necessary skills to work successfully in the dynamic world of regulatory affairs. The programme will also enable the graduate to develop a set of transferable skills to directly meet the requirements of a broad range of future employers including information technology, written and verbal communication skills, team working, independent research skills, data analysis and critical thinking. Teaching will involve traditional lectures supported and complemented by a managed learning environment incorporating elearning, discussion boards, and moderated online debates.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?

On completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Devise and implement global strategies for drug, biologic, and device development and evaluation;
  • Apply principles of basic and applied pharmaceutical sciences in drug and biologics discovery and development.

What subjects will I study?

  • Lifecycle Management, Vigilance, Surveillance and Risk management
  • Pharmaceutical Technology Regulatory Affairs
  • Non Clinical and Clinical Evaluation of Pharmaceutical Technologies
  • Principles of Discovery of medicines and Development Planning
  • Research methods and Technical Report Writing
  • Special Populations and Biologicals and Advanced Therapies
  • Dissertation

Special features of this programme

The primary objective of this Masters  is to enable learners to expand their job responsibilities and opportunities in new areas after completing the course. It will also enable learners to create an excellent network within the pharmaceutical industry, both by meeting other regulatory professionals during the course and by interacting with industry experts while completing their dissertation research.

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree in science, engineering, quality,pharmaceutical or regulatory affairs or cognate areas. Those failing to meet the classification requirement may be eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma.

Candidates with significant experience in: pharmaceutical operations, quality engineering, device design, mid to senior management in industry, other professionals who wish to upskill in the regulatory affairs environment, regulatory affairs personnel themselves who want to upskill (as determined by the Institute’s recognition of prior learning policy), in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry.

Study & Career Opportunities

Opportunities for graduates from this programme include progression to Level 10 (PhD) programmes in related fields of study.

According to a report from the Forfás Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Ireland is emerging as a leading location for biopharmaceuticals with a mix of start-ups, high growth SMEs and large multinationals located here.

Industry leaders including Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Sanofi, MSD (biologics based in Carlow) and Alkermes plc have significant investment in Ireland which has facilitated rapid growth and development of the industry.

These coupled with a strong generics industry (Wockhardt, Clonmel Healthcare both based in the South-East) provide prospective employment opportunities for graduates and key engagement partners for the course.

At present, there are approximately 60 biopharmaceutical companies in Ireland employing an estimated 4,000 people. This programme is designed to meet the growing demand for scientists to service the current and emerging biotechnology-based industries in Ireland in particular, the South-East, Mid-East and Midlands. The current industrial perception is that Ireland’s future technology will predominantly be based upon biotechnology and IT orientated industries.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWS03 Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Carlow Full-time €7,400* Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
CWL11 Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Carlow Part-time €7,400*  
CWS04 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Carlow Full-time €5,500  
CWL12 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Carlow Part-time €5,500  
  * Fees for ITC major award graduates only €5,500        

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants should refer to the International section of the website or email:


Dr Denise Noonan
BSc, MSc, PhD
Programme Director


Dr Joseph Collins
BA, HDipEd, STB, MEd, STL, PhD
Head of Faculty, Lifelong Learning
P: 059 917 5280

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
P: 00353-59-9175205