HPRA Graduate Programme FAQ’s


How can I apply for the HPRA Graduate Programme?

HPRA Application Form and CV should be submitted via the HPRA Recruitment Portal.

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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.


What is the opening date for applications?

The opening date for applications is the 1st September 2021 for the Graduate Programme commencing in 2022.


What is the closing date for applications?

The closing date for applications will be the 31st October 2021.


When do the interviews take place?

Interviews will take place in November 2021.


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 Medical Devices Stream runs for 12 months.
The Regulation of Veterinary Medicines runs for 12 months.
The Medicines on our Market Stream runs for 18 months.


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 - Consists of 2 six-month rotations in the areas of;

  • Assessment and Surveillance
  • Policy and Regulatory


Stream 2: Medicines on our Market – Consists of 3 six-month rotations in the areas of;

  • Authorising Medicines
  • Market Compliance
  • Shortages of Medicines


Stream 3: Regulation of Veterinary Medicines - Consists of 2 six-month rotations in the areas of;
• Pharmaceutical Assessment
• Safety and Efficacy


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 via the HPRA Recruitment Portal. When considering what streams to apply for, we encourage candidates to look at the qualifications and criteria required for each stream before submitting an application. Please refer to the “What qualifications do I need to apply?” question below for more information.

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


What qualifications do I need to apply?

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


Biomedical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Manufacturing Engineering

Pharmaceutical Medicine

Medical Physics

Immunology & Global Health


Toxicology & Regulatory Affairs


Pharmaceutical QA & Regulatory Affairs




Or related discipline

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 HPRA will seek to make high performing graduates viable candidates for appointment.


When is the commencement date for the programme?

The commencement date for the programme is the 5th September 2022.


Where will I be based?

All graduates will be based at the HPRA offices in Dublin City Centre but may require you to work off -site from time to time.

What benefits will I receive?

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Learning and Development support
  • E-learning
  • Internal training programmes
  • Access to EU Network Training Centre
  • Meaningful assignments & projects
  • Health & Wellbeing Programme
  • Social club membership
  • Tax saver commuter tickets
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)


Have any further questions?

Contact the HR team: jobs@hpra.ie