Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

Course Description
This 3-semester long part-time course (funded by Springboard+) has been designed to is to help science, engineering and related graduates to re-skill or up-skill with the required knowledge and skills to assist them in gaining employment in the Healthcare, Manufacturing, Biopharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Devices and related Life Sciences industries.

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.

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

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a level 8 major award in Engineering/
OR a Level 7 award in a cognate Science discipline
OR a Level 7 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 interview.

Students will need access to a PC or Mac computer, a headset with a mic and a broadband internet connection to participate fully in the programme

Application dates


Final exams may be scheduled in the DkIT campus during the day time.

Closing date for applications: Friday 10th September OR until places are full.

This course is supported by Springboard+. You can find more information on


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 activities.

Towards the end of semester 1 and semester 2, there is a 'practical delivery session' (3-5 days in total for each semester) with practical delivery on campus at DkIT (laboratory sessions). Dates for practical delivery will be confirmed at the start of the programme, so students are able to schedule their participation in advance.

Semester 3 consist of an elective Project OR Placement module: Placements will be in collaboration with a (bio)pharmaceutical company, projects will be based on advancing theoretical knowledge obtained in semesters 1 & 2.

Please note that these arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation.

Post Course Info

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.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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