HPRA Graduate Programme FAQs

How can I apply for the HPRA Graduate Programme?

The HPRA application form and CV should be submitted via jobs@hpra.ie.

What happens after I apply?

We will begin the shortlisting process once the closing date has passed. You will be contacted as soon as possible after shortlisting has been completed using the email address supplied on your application form to inform you if you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

What is the opening date for applications?

Applications opened on 4 September 2023 for the Graduate Programme commencing in 2024.

What is the closing date for applications?

Applications closed on 31 October 2023.

When do the interviews take place?

Interviews will take place in November 2023.

Is this a paid position?

Yes, an annual salary is offered for graduate positions. Please refer to role profile for more information.

How long is the position for?

The programme is for 12 months beginning in September 2024. 

Do I need work experience?

There is no expectation that graduates should have any prior work experience. The application process acts as a platform for candidates to demonstrate their talents gained through life experiences, study, and research.

What is the structure of the Programme?

The programme consists of two separate streams.

Stream 1 - Medical Devices

This stream consists of 2 six-month rotations in the areas of;

  • Assessment and Surveillance
  • Policy and Regulatory

Stream 2 - Medicines on our Market

This stream consists of 3 four-month rotations in the areas of;

  • Authorising Medicines
  • Health Products Distribution
  • Inspections

Role profiles for each stream are also available in the graduate programme section of our website for more information.

Can I apply for more than one stream?

Yes, candidates can apply for more than one stream. Please include in your e-mail to jobs@hpra.ie which stream you are applying for. When considering what streams to apply for, we encourage candidates to look at the qualifications and criteria required for each stream before applying.

Please refer to the “What qualifications do I need to apply?” question below for more information.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

You must be on track for or have achieved 2.1 honours bachelor degree (NFQ level 8) in any of the following:

Stream 1: Medical Devices

Stream 2: Medicines on our Market

Biomedical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Manufacturing Engineering

Pharmaceutical Medicine

Medical Physics

Immunology & Global Health


Toxicology & Regulatory Affairs


Pharmaceutical QA & Regulatory Affairs





In addition to this, you will need:

  • Excellent communication, teamwork and organisational skills.
  • Interest in contributing to the protection and enhancement of public and animal health through the regulation of medicines, medical devices and other health products.
  • Excellent data analysis skills.
  • Demonstrate initiative and team working capabilities.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to manage deadlines

I’ve already graduated; can I still apply for the Graduate Programme?

Yes. We welcome applications from candidates who have already graduated.

Am I guaranteed a job on completion of the graduate programme?

The purpose of the programme is to give candidates exposure to different areas within the stream they are appointed too. The aim is to make high-performing graduates viable candidates that can apply for long term roles within the HPRA.

When is the commencement date for the programme?

The commencement date for the programme is September 2024.

Where will I be based?

The successful candidate will be working in the HPRA offices a minimum, of two days per week and can avail of working remotely up to a maximum of three days per week subject to the terms of the policy. The specific days each week when you work at each location will be determined by your manager.

The HPRA reserves the right to cease, vary or change the office/home location split during or after the review period. Notwithstanding any applicable hybrid working arrangement, you may be required to work at any specified location as may be reasonably required by the HPRA from time to time.

Have any further questions?

Contact the HR team: jobs@hpra.ie