Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

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. 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, if employed in a suitable area.

Subjects taught

Course Content
(Bio)Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management
(semester 1)
Fundamentals of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (semester 1)
Health and Safety for the (Bio) Pharmaceutical Industry
(semester 1)
Bioprocessing (semester 2)
Regulatory Affairs & (Bio)Pharmaceutical Data Integrity
(semester 2)
Validation and Instrumentation (semester 2)
Project (Bio)Pharma Manufacturing (semester 3 - elective
Work Placement (Bio)Pharma Manufacturing (semester 3 -

Entry requirements

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


a Level 7 major award in a cognate Science discipline


a Level 7 major 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.

Such candidates are assessed through a reference-supported application and


3 Semesters

Course Delivery
This course is delivered using a blended learning approach, with theory delivery 2 evenings per week during semesters 1 & 2. Lectures are interactive and/or recorded and supported by independent and online learning.

Please note: Students have to attend DkIT for 3 days (09.00 to 16.30hrs) at the end of each semester for labatory-based classes

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Career Opportunities
Graduates will have professional skills and knowledge in the area of (bio) pharmaceutical 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 of this Veterinary Nursing Level 8 add-on course are eligible to apply for a place on the MSc in Agricultural Biotechnology.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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