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Programme Overview

The Diploma in Strategic Growth (Biotech & Pharma) is designed to equip executives in the field of life sciences with the knowledge, skills, tools, techniques and strategic perspective required to effectively analyse and manage complex problems. Led by an esteemed group of academics and experts, the programme reflects the critical belief that companies who succeed in the face of challenges will do so by placing renewed emphasis on innovation.




Key Details

7th March 2019

Next Intake

€7,750 & €7,363*


12 Months


6 X 2 day modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Gene Russell, Plant Engineering Lead, Pfizer and Alumnus Diploma in Strategic Growth (Biotech & Pharma)

Module Dates





7th Mar 2019 (Thurs)


Module 1

8th & 9th Mar 2019 (Fri & Sat)

The Changing Dynamics of the Life Sciences Landscape

Module 2

26th & 27th Apr 2019 (Fri & Sat) 

Leading and Strategizing in Pharma & Biotech Organisations

Module 3

7th & 8th Jun 2019 (Fri & Sat)

Managing the BioPharma Supply Chain

Module 4

6th & 7th Sept 2019 (Fri & Sat)

Leading the Innovative Enterprise

Module 5

18th & 19th Oct 2019 (Fri & Sat)

Venture Dynamics in Life Sciences

Module 6

29th & 30th Nov 2019 (Fri & Sat)

Health Economics and the price of Biotechnology


The Smurfit Experience



Wyeth Lederle Spa (Pfizer Inc)



UDG Healthcare plc

MSc Pathway

This standalone diploma also forms part of the optional MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) Pathway. The pathway framework is comprised of ten diploma programmes. If participants successfully complete any three of these ten diplomas within a recommended 5-year timeframe, they are awarded with the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice).

Our portfolio of pathway diplomas build on your existing skill set and add relevant value to your business needs. From corporate governance to leadership development, our diplomas deepen your understanding of contemporary business issues and will help you become a stronger leader who can deal with complex issues in rapidly-changing environments. Our unique teaching method, immersive learning environment and world-class faculty combine to produce an educational experience like no other.

The majority of our diploma programmes are delivered over a series of 6 two-day workshops within a 10-12 month period. Workshops are typically held on Fridays and Saturdays to minimise interference with busy work schedules. The majority of our diploma programmes are assessed on a module-by-module basis through a variety of practical assignments. There are no examinations (excluding the Diploma in Corporate Governance).

Top 50 Global Ranking

We are currently ranked in the world’s top 50 open enrolment executive education programmes in the highly prestigious Financial Times rankings. In jumping 21 places to 48th in the world, and 26th in Europe, we achieved the highest rankings increase year-on-year.  We are the only provider in Ireland to feature in the highly respected Financial Times executive education open enrolment ranking, with only eight business schools in the UK making the list

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