Biopharmaceutical Analysis & Cell Culture

Why was this course developed?
The Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture will provide students with an in-depth knowledge and skills in biopharmaceutical production, analysis and cell culture-related topics. Students will be exposed to a set of technologies that provide state-of–the-art tools for genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, drug discovery, screening and the analysis of biomolecules, such as DNA, proteins and small metabolites (biopharmaceuticals).

In addition, the programme will also introduce different chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques to analyse biopharmaceuticals, as well as other methods ranging from traditional immunoassays to state-of-the-art developments in bioarrays and nano-technology. The practical aspects of the programme will cover biopharmaceutical analysis techniques and essential cell culture skills.

The course will also train the student to critically evaluate approaches for method development and quality monitoring in biopharmaceutical production and to identify future trends in the biopharmaceutical industry. In summary, this course will furnish the student with a competency required to undertake mammalian cell culture projects, the ability to select the best techniques needed to analyse different biopharmaceuticals, and a qualification that is particularly relevant to the rapidly growing biopharmaceutical sector.

What are the learning outcomes?
On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:
•Evaluate the principles of biopharmaceutical analysis and cell culture.

•Critically evaluate the different techniques (traditional and modern) used in biopharmaceutical analysis and cell culture.

•Ascertain and optimise suitable practical techniques for biopharmaceutical analysis from troubleshooting to successful experimental outcomes.

•Competently devise the appropriate medium and growing conditions for different mammalian cells and perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of the cells.

•Critically evaluate and revise approaches for method developments and future trends in the area of biopharmaceutical analysis and cell culture through scientific literature.

Entry requirements

The Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture programme is aimed at those already working in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. This programme is also suitable for students intending to/already undertaking postgraduate research study.

Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture Entry Requirements
•Applicants for entry to this Postgraduate 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 quality content of this programme, it has been deemed necessary to have a minimum of two years relevant industrial work experience.
•Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT'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. Such a qualification will enable and facilitate career progression for graduates in research and development in biopharmaceutical industries.

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 (WD 519) or the 90 credit MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management (WD 520).

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening

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