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Higher Diploma in Science in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

Course Points
60
Course Duration
3 Semesters
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
18 Places
Course Start Date
September 2021 (subject to Springboard funding and demand)

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

THIS COURSE IS BEING SUBMITTED FOR 2021/22 SPRINGBOARD FUNDING.

ANNOUNCEMENT DUE BY END OF MAY.

The aim of this programme 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. 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.

The modules on this programme include: 

  • (Bio)Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management 
  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology 
  • Health and Safety for the (Bio)Pharmaceutical Industry 
  • Bioprocessing
  • Regulatory Affairs & (Bio)Pharmaceutical Data Integrity 
  • Validation and Instrumentation
  • Project (Bio)Pharma Manufacturing 
  • Work Placement  (Bio)Pharma Manufacturing

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. 

Graduates from the Higher Diploma 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 is FREE to the Unemployed.

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

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


or


a Level 7 award in a cognate Science discipline


or


a Level 7 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 English level of
IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.


Applicants who do not meet these academic criteria may be admitted though the DkIT
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy: https://www.dkit.ie/registrarsoffice/academic-policies/recognition-prior-learning-rpl-policy-practice
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
Email: arjan.vanrossum@dkit.ie

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

Sara Farrell (Lifelong Learning Centre)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370291
Email: springboard@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_NLMAN_8
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 September 2021 (subject to Springboard funding and demand)
Apply to Springboard

How to Apply

Applications will open at the end of May (approx.)