Full course description

Course Date:

Ends Aug 16, 2016


3 weeks


1 - 10 hrs/week



Course Type:





Have you ever thought about how medicines are made and how safe they are? What do Pharmaceutical Manufactures and NASA have in common? Join our FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and learn these answers and more. This course is delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in association with GetReskilled.

As a participant in this three-week course, you’ll have access to these special features:

  • REGTalks: Weekly interview with an International Regulator.
  • MOOC-LIVE: Weekly live webinars with industry and regulatory contributors.
  • Industry Insights: Discussion threads and a weekly video reviewing current regulatory trends and industry responses.


There are 3 different ways you can participate in PharmaMOOC:

  • Only got 1 hour per week to spare?
    Join us on MOOC-LIVE for up-to-date industry and regulatory thinking
  • More time to spare and want to work in the pharmaceutical industry?
    Take our 10-hour per week free online training course!
  • Want to participate in the debates?
    Post your opinions on the discussion board and take the opportunity to engage with industry and regulatory leaders and experts.


  • How are our medicines made? (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technologies)
  • How safe are our medicines? (Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation)?
  • Quality Risk Management along with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP’s)
  • How this philosophy emerged to ensure not just Product Quality but also Patient Safety and the Data Integrity that underpins it.


No specific background is required. If you have a hungry mind … then you are most welcome on this course.

Course Instructors

Dr. Anne Greene

Dr. Anne Greene


Dr. Anne Greene leads the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Team (PRST) in the Dublin Institute of Technology, where she also lectures and is director of the several MSc. and BSc. pharmaceutical programs. Prior to embarking on an academic career, Anne worked at a senior level for several years in the pharmaceutical sector in validation and technical management roles. Anne has a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from University College Dublin, and is currently secretary of the Irish Chapter of PDA. Anne is also on the Board of Directors of Regulatory Science Ireland (RSI), leading the Education & Training development group.

Dr. Joe Brady

Dr. Joe Brady


Dr. Joe Brady is an assistant lecturer with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. A certified trainer, Joe is highly experienced in competency-based training. He designs and prepares educational modules and full academic courses ranging from MSc., MEngSc., BSc., to certificate level, for a range of academic institutions. He is also a supervisor for MSc./MEngSc. and Ph.D. theses. Joe has more than 17 years of project experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device industries in Ireland, Singapore, China, The Netherlands, France, and the U.S.

Dr. Nuala Calnan

Dr. Nuala Calnan


Dr. Nuala Calnan has more than 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including roles at Leo Pharma, Elan, Wyeth BioPharma (Pfizer), and PM Group. She is currently a member of the Pharmaceutical Science & Regulatory Team at DIT, Ireland. Nuala co-leads the ISPE Quality Culture Team as a member of the ISPE Quality Metrics Initiative. In addition, Nuala also co-leads the ISPE/ PQLI Task Team on Knowledge Management and is co-authoring a book on the subject of knowledge excellence due for publication in 2016. Nuala has just completed a knowledge management research project into the Product Recall and Quality Defect data at the Irish medicines regulator, HPRA.