Applied Microbiology

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This course will give you a thorough training in a range of practical analytical techniques and ancillary skills necessary for careers in manufacturing and service industries. It particularly applies to the healthcare, food, biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors.

The Microbiology aspect of the course concentrates on identifying the industrial requirements in the Microbiology sector and provides training to meet these. Short, intensive courses advance participants' training in Quality Management Standards (GMP, GLP, HACCP), Documentation Control, Processes Validation, Microbiology Skills, Environmental Monitoring, Cleanroom Technology, Parenterals Products, QA & QC, Industrial Bioprocesses, Cell Culture, Immunological Methodology, and DNA Methodology. In association with these is a laboratory-based Quality Management System, a laboratory-based research project, reading assignments, tutorials and preparation of reports. The microbiological components of the course are complemented with short intensive courses in general vocational skills, such as business appreciation and management methods, accounting, marketing, effective communication and statistics.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Core microbiological laboratory sessions help learning and self-development through their unique structure.

2. These laboratory sessions are structured into a microbiological 'start-up company', with each class member contributing by way of practical, real-life, work skills.

3. Each student also develops a Quality Management System within these start-up company sessions.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Candidates must hold an honours primary degree (QQI Level 8 degree, or equivalent international qualification) in science or a related subject, with an appropriate background in biological sciences that includes Microbiology up to and including third year level. Candidates with three years' relevant and appropriate practical experience will also be considered. IELTS score of 6.5+ (with not less than 5.5 in any one component).


9 months.

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Career opportunities
Over 95% of graduates are employed in a variety of leading biotechnology, pharmaceutical healthcare and food-based industries, including Abbott Ireland, Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland, Boston Scientific Ireland, Elan Corporation, Fort Dodge Laboratories Ireland, Green Isle Foods and Medtronic AVE Ireland. Positions of employment include R&D Scientist, Quality Control (QC) Analyst, Quality Assurance (QA), Microbiologist, Production Supervisor, Food Analyst, Validation Scientist, Documentation Officer, Research Assistant and Production Biochemist.

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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