Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques - Waterford

Why was this course developed?
The Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic 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 35% of the companies surveyed require training in spectroscopic techniques. Recognising this demand, the Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic 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 spectroscopic detection techniques. A broad range of molecular and atomic spectroscopic techniques are covered. The molecular spectroscopy techniques include UV-Vis Spectroscopy, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry (MS). The atomic spectroscopy techniques include Atomic Absorbance Spectroscopy (AAS) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The focus of the module is on state-of-the-art developments in the practices and instrumentation associated with these techniques.

The student will be exposed to the application of advanced spectroscopic techniques in a wide range of environments focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on applications in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The student will also learn to resolve sample preparation issues relating to the use of advanced spectroscopic techniques, and to resolve method development issues concerned with mass spectrometry and related hyphenation techniques. The student will also learn to employ appropriate advanced data analysing, synthesising and summarising skills in spectroscopic techniques, in order to enable the spectroscopic identification of samples in complex matrices.

Entry requirements

The Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic 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 Spectroscopic 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

Apply before Nov 23


4 months part-time.

The programme is delivered through a blend of lectures, laboratory-based work and projects. For this single module 10 credit certificate, students will be required to attend WIT for two separate blocked two-day sessions in addition to a one-week laboratory session.

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,Flexible,Daytime

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