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Michael Bohane, QA Manager
Michael Bohane works as a QA Manager for Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland based in Waterford. Following his Leaving Cert he did a BSc and then a MSc in Biochemistry in UCC. He also did a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practice (QP Qualification) allowing him to function as a QP and release product to market.
My Leaving Cert subjects were Irish, English, Maths, French, Chemistry, Biology and Business Organisation. My main interest was science so I chose two science subjects and one business related subject to keep things interesting.
My subjects were appropriate for my University course except I was required to take Physics in the first year. This was quite challenging not having taken Physics to Leaving Cert but not impossible. I don't think I would do anything differently if I had to repeat the process.
Leaving Certificate - Irish, English, Maths, French, Chemistry, Biology, Business Organisation
Biochemistry Diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practice (QP Qualification) - this allows me function as QP and release product to market. Only a QP can release product within the EU. It is a two year course.
The QP course (Diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practice) is the most important course for my role. Of course you need a primary degree to be eligible for the course and my postgraduate qualification definitely helped me to get on the course in the first place. I would not have been considered for my current role without the QP qualification.
The QP course was undertaken through distance study while working in a previous role. I intend to study for an MBA within the next two years. The course will enable me to understand the business needs of the company and meet these requirements.