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Certificate in Science in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

Course Points
Course Duration
2 Semesters
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
Tuesday 31st January 2023 (subject to demand)

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


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.
  • Cell Biology / Biotechnology
    • Structure, function, manipulation of cells / cell components (DNA / RNA / protein)
  • Supply Chain
    • From raw materials to final product, value chain mapping, end-to-end manufacturing
  • Data integrity
    • Data integrity, data security, data analytics, LIMS / trackwise, statistics
  • Regulatory Affairs
    • Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), quality mindset, root cause analysis
  • Health and Safety
    • Risk assessment, safety data sheets, handling chemicals, microbiology, environmental
  • Manufacturing for (Bio)Pharma
    • CIP/SIP, heat transfer, P&ID, automation, single-use bioreactors
  • Instrumentation
    • Relevant (bio)pharma equipment / instrumentation, incl. validation
  • Bioprocessing
    • Upstream processing / downstream processing, separation science, process monitoring, process control

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.

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.

TUESDAYS - 6.00pm to 9.30pm
THURSDAYS - 6.00pm to 8.30pm

Please note: Students have to attend DKIT for 3 days (09.00 to 16.30hrs) at the end of each semester for laboratory-based classes.

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 €1,800

Tuition fees for course are payable in 4 instalments as follows:

  • Instalment 1: €50 is payable upon application (This is non-refundable if you are made an offer of a place)
  • Instalment 2: €100 (non-refundable) is payable to confirm your acceptance of a course place.
  • Instalment 3: €750 is payable by the end of February 2023.
  • Instalment 4: €900 is payable by the end of October 2023.
  • 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. Arjan Van Rossum (Head of Department of Life and Health Science)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370 265

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 429370200

Course ID DK_NLMAS_8
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 8
Duration 2 Semesters
Fees €1800
Starting Date Tuesday 31st January 2023 (subject to demand)
School School of Health & Science
Department Life and Health Sciences
Credits 40
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Apply to Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How to Apply


Closing date for applications is Friday 6th January or until all places are taken.

Places for this course are offered on a first-come, first-served basis so we recommend getting your application in as early as possible. All programmes are delivered subject to demand.

Please review the entry requirements before applying and include a copy of your CV and academic transcripts.