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Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

Course Points
Course Duration
3 Semesters
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
18 Places
Course Start Date
Tuesday 9th February (subject to change)

Course Summary

This 3-semester long part-time course (funded by Springboard+) has been designed to is 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



 Course subject to final validation approval.

Course subject to final validation approval.


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 and in NIBRT. Students will get the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge as part of a work-placement in a relevant company if currently unemployed. Students in employment who may be re-skilling will have the option to complete the work placement with their current employer.

Please note: This programme is funded for eligible applicants via Springboard+ 2020 

Modules include:

  • 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 mind-set, 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.

Please note that these arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation. 

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. 

Course is FREE to the Unemployed.

A fee of €530 applied to the employed / self-employed applicants.

Applicants should have a level 7 major award in Engineering, Science or a related discipline.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have 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 though the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy 

Such candidates are assessed through a reference-supported application and interview.

To apply for this programme via the Springboard+ scheme, you must meet the eligibility criteria (click to read) in addition to the minimum entry criteria listed above. 

Dr. Arjan Van Rossum (Head of Department of Applied Sciences)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370 265

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

Sara Farrell (Lifelong Learning Centre)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370291

Course ID TBC
Level 8
Duration 3 Semesters
Credits 60
Places 18
School School of Health & Science
Department Life and Health Sciences
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees FREE to Unemployed / €530 for others via the Springboard scheme
Starting Date Tuesday 9th February (subject to change)
Apply to Springboard

How to Apply

Click on the button below to apply via the Springboard+ courses website. 
Please ensure to upload copies of your certified education.

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.

If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact