Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science

Next start date, October 2024 | Fee: $5,000


The goal of this post graduate diploma, delivered by FCD in partnership with the University of the Western Cape and with scientific support from the Technological University of Dublin, is to equip professionals in the pharmaceutical industry with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in production, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and many leadership roles. The diploma is designed to foster an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the biomanufacturing field and to develop the competencies required to successfully negotiate the dynamic, highly regulated, and competitive environment of the industry.

Why Study this Program?

  • Enhance your career opportunities in an areas with a very large demand for qualified professionals around the world.
  • Gain the skills to be a key contributor to the development and manufacture of safe, effective and accessible medicines including vaccines, small molecules and biotech products.
  • Learn to apply a large set of problem solving and communication skills to address with many of the challenges faced within the pharmaceutical industry Learn from renowned world leading experts.

Award Title
Post Graduate Diploma

Program Duration
12 Months

In Partnership with University of the Western Cape and TUD.

Entry Requirements

Pharma Science Africa want to make our programs accessible to as many students as possible, therefore applicants without the qualifications listed below may be considered if they can show suitable motivation and a high potential to positively contribute to the course. Consideration will be based on experience and academic merit. 

Applicants with any of the following qualifications may be considered for acceptance:

Four-year degree in pharmacy – [e.g., BPharm or BSc (Pharm)].

Degree in medicine or allied discipline. 

Three or four-year degree in engineering or science (e.g., BSc Hons).

Three or four-year degree in a non-scientific subject plus one years’ relevant work experience.

What will I Study?

This 12-month online Post Graduate Diploma blends self-directed study with tutor-led team-based learning. Throughout the course, you’ll engage in:

State of the art teaching via on-demand interactive lectures.

Learning through real world case studies, online group tutorials and team work.

Assessments that directly simulate the challenges faced by regulators and allied professions, for example clinical development and medical affairs. 


The Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science program consists of the following modules.

Leadership & Negotiation

Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Regulatory Compliance and Quality Control

Pharmaceutical Science

Generics and Biosimilars

Evaluate a CTD

Biopharmaceutical Processing and Quality Assurance

Regulatory Affairs

Program Benefits

Graduates will receive a Post Graduate Diploma delivered by FCD in partnership with the University of the Western Cape and the Technological University of Dublin.

Designed and delivered by leading experts with a global perspective.

You can study while balancing existing family and work commitments.

No need to travel as the program is online, available anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Possible path to the M.Sc. in Pharmacy Administration and Regulatory Policy for those who do not meet normal entry criteria.

If you are accepted onto the M.Sc in Pharmacy Administration and Policy Regulation after completing this diploma you may be eligible for exemptions worth up to 40 South African credits. The M.Sc is a 180 South African credit program.  Please note, this is subject to availability and a final decision by UWC.

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