2022 HPRA Graduate Programme

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Accomplish, achieve and learn in a supportive environment while contributing to the protection of public and animal health


We are now accepting applications for the 2022 HPRA Graduate Programme. Consisting of three separate streams, the HPRA Graduate Programme is structured to ensure graduates gain insight and exposure to different departments, encouraging the development and enhancement of multiple competencies.
3E Framework
In acknowledging the transition from academic life to a new authentic work environment can be challenging, the graduate programme employs a 3 tier support network to support graduates in the shape of; managers, buddies and fellow graduates. 

The allocation of meaningful experience and challenging work is a key pillar supporting the programme. Graduates will be assigned meaningful projects over the course of the programme, with the development of both technical and soft skills central to the programme. 

CoverTo see the 2022 HPRA Graduate Programme information leaflet, please click here.

Role Profiles

Stream 1 - Medical Devices

Stream 2 - Medicines on our Market

Stream 3 - Regulation of Veterinary Medicines

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022 Graduate Programme will open on the 1st September 2021.

HPRA Application Form and CV should be submitted via the HPRA Recruitment Portal. Please ensure you choose the correct stream.

If you are a new user and want to see a video tutorial on how to create and account and apply for a vacancy via the Recruitment Portal, please click here.

The closing date for applications is the 31st October 2021.

For more information on the graduate programme, please see our FAQ page.

If you have any queries regarding the graduate programme please contact jobs@hpra.ie.


Experiences of the HPRA Graduate Programme

Michelle Maguire and Jenny Tobin, who both joined the graduate programme in 2020, have written about their experiences in the blogs linked below.

Jenny Tobin, Medicines on the Market stream

Michelle Maguire, Medical Devices stream 

Working at the HPRA – Further Information

More information about working at the HPRA, including information about our commitment to learning and development and to work-life balance, is available on our main Recruitment webpage. The page includes a video in which HPRA staff members share their experiences of working life in the HPRA.


Graduate Training Programme of the Year-01

HR Leadership and Management Awards 2021

In November 2021, the HPRA received the award of Graduate Training Programme of the Year 2021 for offering a best-in-class graduate training and development programme over the past 12 months. The HR Leadership & Management Awards celebrate excellence in HR and recognise that it will be key to the future economic prosperity of the Irish economy.

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KeepWell Mark

The HPRA has been awarded the KeepWell Mark, an accreditation that recognises workplace wellbeing. This is part of an ongoing commitment by the HPRA to provide the highest standard of workplace wellbeing and health and safety to our employees. The KeepWell Mark is an evidence-based accreditation and award that recognises and rewards Irish employers for investing in workplace health and wellbeing. Its aim is to help organisations benchmark workplace wellbeing activities through a set of systematic and methodical steps. The framework includes a self-assessment, an onsite assessment from an external assessor, and culminates with a report that outlines our key successes and some recommendations to further enhance the HPRA’s continued development in the area of health and wellbeing.

Investors in Diversity

Investors in Diversity Ireland

The HPRA has been recognised by the Irish Centre for Diversity for embedding diversity and inclusion in the organisation through policy development, delivering effective communication of policies to all staff and undertaking diversity and inclusion training for leaders.