Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology

To prepare and train specialized technicians, scientists and experts in pharmaceutical manufacturing by fostering the relations between the pharmaceutical industry sector and the academic and research institutions according to the mission of Birzeit University.


Samih Darwazeh Institute of Industrial Pharmacy

The program aims to strengthen the Palestinian pharmaceutical industry sector and the governmental Palestinian institutions by graduating unique students with sufficient practical experience to work at local pharmaceutical companies and related governmental institutions, and to attain the needed change and development in the pharmaceutical industry sector in Palestine as well as to maintain quality control by:

  • Providing training opportunities at the model Pharmaceutical Pilot Plant at Birzeit University, which is equipped with the newest pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies.
  • Providing specialized training courses of high quality to improve the skills of people working in the pharmaceutical industry sector.
  • Strengthening the relations between the industrial sector and academic and research institutions.
  • Acquiring skills for using industrial and analytical techniques employed within the field of pharmaceutical industry.

Upon the completion of the program, the student will be able to gain the following:

  • Knowledge of basic concepts related to pharmaceutical validation and the importance of its employment towards the development of the pharmaceutical industry sector.
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced operations employed within the field of manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.
  • Knowledge of the role of microorganisms that have an impact on the pharmaceutical product and manufacturing environment.
  • Understanding of the theoretical and practical principles of technologies used to design and manufacture pharmaceutical solid dosage forms.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical principles of technologies involved in the production of liquid, semi-solid, aerosols and sterile dosage forms so that they are effective, safe and stable.
  • Design a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility that conforms to the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulations.
  • Analyzes and explains the importance of using preservatives and the concept of different sterilization methods
  • Design and manufacture solid, semi-solid, liquid, gas and sterile dosage forms that are effective, safe and stable.
  • Employ new technologies and their relevant applications in pharmaceutical manufacturing fields.
  • Evaluate Pharmaceutical Quality Management Systems and Regulatory Affairs through discussing local and international regulations and guidelines.
  • Explore various techniques employed in development and manufacturing of controlled release drug delivery systems.
  • Evaluate the different modern instrumental techniques for pharmaceutical analysis
  • Analyzes the problems in the pharmaceutical industry sector and propose appropriate solutions.
  • Employ scientific knowledge to contribute towards the advancement of the pharmaceutical industry in Palestine.
  • Apply scientific research, data analysis skills and biostatistics concepts in the health field.
  • Acquire management, organizational, supervision and decision making skills.
  • Acquire the skills of marketing in general and the pharmaceutical marketing in particular.

Pharmaceutical industry, regulatory positions, research and academia.

Program Requirements

Compulsory Courses: (20 credit hours)

Course No.

Course Title



Research Methodology and Biostatistics



Pharmaceutical Unit Operations



Pharmaceutical Microbiology



Pharmaceutical Technology I



Pharmaceutical Validation



Pharmaceutical Technology II



Quality Management Systems and Regulatory Affairs



Elective Courses: (10 credit hours)

Course No.

Course Title



Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry



Pharmaceutical Biotechnology



Pharmaceutical Stability Studies



Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology



Pharmaceutical Facility Design



Design & Development Of Novel Drug Delivery Systems



Pharmaceutical Lab Quality Systems And Operations



Pharmaceutical Marketing



Advanced Analytical Techniques



Quality by Design and Risk Management



Special Topic



Advanced topic 



Track A or Track B:6 credit hours, Master thesis or two seminars


Course No.

Course Title


Track A


Master thesis

Completion of at least 18 credit hours from the program courses 

Track B



Two seminars

Completion of at least 18 credit hours from the program courses

  1. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a university recognized by Birzeit University in one of the following fields: pharmacy, chemical engineering, chemistry, or any other related field after the approval of the Program Council. In addition, students are required to complete any remedial courses specified by the Program Council. 
  2. Fulfilling the admission requirements according to the Academic Regulations for the Master’s Degree. 
  3. A personal interview, if required by the Program Council.