Module Code: BES5118

Micro-credential Overview

Bringing a product to the market requires an understanding of concept creation, idea development, testing and quality improvement, all within the confines of regulatory requirements. This Micro-credential integrates the principles and methods of engineering, science and innovation into the lifecycle of marketed industrial products. This coursework is aimed at individuals seeking to improve their knowledge in the topics of product development, validation and authorisation. Owing to common applicability of these industrial areas, concepts introduced will be generic in nature but this module will also cater for the more advanced, sector-specific, needs such as those within agri-food, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals. Through the Micro-credential's project assessment, the student will gain practical experience of the stages of product development, validation and/or authorisation within their industry.

Start Date

Academic Year 2024/25, Semester 2

Mode of Study and Assessment

The mode of study for this Micro-credential is online. Assessment will be carried out on a continuous basis

NFQ Level and ECTS

Level 9


Application Process

From the 1st April 2024 you can apply for any University of Galway Micro-credential through our Online Application Portal

When completing your application please make sure to select the following categories:

Academic level: Micro-credentials and CPD
College/Interest type: Micro-credentials/CPD Postgrad Level 9
Academic programme: Science & Engineering Micro-credentials – CPC15

You will need to manually enter the Module Name and Code under ‘Module Name’ on the second page of your application. Please copy the name and code below:

Product Development, Validation and Authorisation - BES5118

You can find more details on our application process here.

Course Fees


*Fee Subsidy
Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for a 50% HEA fee subsidy, subject to the availability of subsidised places. For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria on the Micro-credentials webpage.

This course has also been approved by Galway Executive Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 30% for students whose company is a member of their network. For more information, contact: Galway Executive Skillnet – Eamonn Molloy at:

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NB: Applicants can only apply one subsidy towards their application. 

Entry Requirements 

  • Applicants must be over 21 years of age.
  • A Level 8 undergraduate, or Level 7 qualification with 3 years experience is required.
  • Applications can be considered using Recognition of Prior Learning.

Contact Information

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