Advanced Chromatographic Techniques - Waterford

Why was this course developed?
The Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques was developed based on an analysis of the importance of the pharmaceutical and related industries in Ireland and within the South-East region and also using information generated from the Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills (WINSS) Scientific Survey from a large number of pharmaceutical/biotechnology, medical device and food companies. One of the outputs from this survey indicated that 45% of the companies surveyed require training in HPLC techniques while 37% require GC training. Recognising this demand, the Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques was devised to provide advanced level training and address this skills deficit.

This course was developed to provide the student with an advanced understanding of the theory, practices and instrumentation associated with chromatographic separation techniques. The focus is primarily on High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Gas Chromatography (GC), Ion Chromatography IC and reverse-phase bioseparations. The interfacing of hyphenated techniques involving Mass Spectrometry (MS), such as LC-MS and GC-MS, is also covered.

The student will be exposed to state-of-the-art developments in associated instrumentation, and learn to competently operate, calibrate and qualify associated laboratory instrumentation. The student will be exposed to the application of advanced chromatographic techniques in a wide range of industrial environments focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on applications in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. This will enable them to select an appropriate separation technique for a given analysis in a range of industrial environments. The student will also learn to resolve sample preparation and method development issues for the chromatographic separation of samples in complex matrices.

Subjects taught

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Entry requirements

The Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques programme is aimed at those already working in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and food industries. This programme is also suitable for students intending to/already undertaking postgraduate research study.

Advanced Chromatographic Techniques Entry Requirements
• Applicants for entry to this Certificate course should hold a bachelor's degree at honours level minimum 2.2 (Level 8) in an appropriate subject area or equivalent qualification.
• In addition, in order to fully appreciate the industrial impact of the content of this programme, it has been deemed necessary to have a minimum of two years relevant industrial experience.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see SETU Waterford's English Language Requirements for details.

Application dates



4 months part-time.

Post Course Info

This course places a strong emphasis on the professional development of the graduate and is aimed at students already working in an industrial environment. Such a qualification will enable and facilitate career progression for graduates in the region.

Further study opportunities
This programme can be taken as a stand-alone Certificate worth 10 credits at level 9, or if the student wishes, they can use these credits towards the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science with Quality Management (SE51H) or the 90 credit MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management (SE51J).

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  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime,Blended

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