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Certificate in Science in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

Course Points
Course Duration
2 Semesters
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
January 2025

Course Summary

This 2-semester long part-time course has been designed to help science, engineering and related graduates to re-skill or up-skill with the required knowledge and skills to assist them in gaining employment in the Healthcare, Manufacturing, Biopharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Devices and related Life Sciences industries.

Important notice about this course

Next intake January 2025

Applications will open end of October 2024 

Register your interst here

Final exams may be scheduled in the DkIT campus during the daytime.

The programme aims to develop technical skills and knowledge in some of the core areas which have been identified as skills gaps in the (Bio)pharma sector. The programme will be a combination of online delivery and face to face practical sessions in DkIT.

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach with weekly interactive and hands-on practical lab-based sessions supported by independent and online learning.

Online classes runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5.30-9.30pm. 
Students have to attend DKIT for 3 days (09.00 to 16.30hrs) at the end of each semester for laboratory-based classes.

Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course.

Graduates from the Certificate in Science in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing will have professional skills and knowledge in the area of biopharmaceutical production. They will be able to effectively contribute and progress in (bio)pharmaceutical or related settings, in areas such as manufacture, validation, quality assurance, quality control, and regulatory affairs. Graduates could also seek further educational qualifications in a (bio)pharmaceutical or related area.

Course fee is €500 payable in 2 instalments as follows:

  • Instalment 1: €200 (non-refundable) is payable to confirm your acceptance of a course place.
  • Instalment 2: €300 is payable by the 28th February.

Course is FREE to unemployed people in receipt of an eligible DSP Jobseekers payment. Find out more here:,-concessions-and-policies.html

  • Applicants should have a level 8 major award in Engineering/Science


    a Level 7 major award in a cognate Science discipline


    a Level 7 major award in Engineering with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in the
    Pharmaceutical/Biopharmaceutical Industry.

  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • Applicants who do not meet these academic criteria and have experience in the sector may be admitted through the DkIT
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. Such candidates are assessed through a reference-supported application and interview.

Dr. Geraldine O'Connor (Head of Section (Part Time Programmes) )

Dr. Gillian Lambe (Head of Department of Life Sciences )

Course ID DK_NLMAS_8
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 8
Duration 2 Semesters
Fees €500
Starting Date January 2025
School School of Health & Science
Department Life and Health Sciences
Credits 40
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How To Apply

Apply for this course using our online applications system as per below.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • Copy of Academic Transcipts

You must also upload completed documents to the Supplemental Items & Documents section of your online application

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).