BioPharmaceutical Science - Online

Course Summary
Biopharmaceutical Processing involves study of the discovery, development and processing of modern, medical drugs by artificially growing some or all of the components utilising cell culture technologies. The processes involved are more biological-based as compared to the more chemical-based processes associated with small-molecule pharmaceutical products.

The Medical Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical sectors are among the fastest growing in the Life Sciences area both nationally and internationally. "Over the past decade the Irish biopharma sector has seen $10 billion in capital investment in new facilities which represents close to the largest wave of investment in biopharma manufacturing anywhere in the globe", according to the NIBRT annual report published Feb 2019. There are significant career opportunities on offer in this sector.

This programme is jointly offered by IT Sligo and NIBRT (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training).

About this programme

It is the overall aim of this postgraduate course to deliver training which is customised to meet the exact needs of the clients in the biopharma sector. This is achieved through completing online modules that have been designed in conjunction with the Biopharma industry with whom NIBRT and IT Sligo are closely aligned. This course is particularly suited to individuals who may have worked in similar industries and are looking to enter the Biopharma manufacturing sector for the first time or who wish to study a mix of generic and specialist modules which provide the graduates with various employment pathways.

Students must choose 1 elective module per semester (either the Bioanalytics Lab. module which requires a 2 day block attendance at the NIBRT facility or the Facility Design and Operation Module during the first semester OR either the Project Management or Advanced Technologies in BioProcessing module during their 2nd semester). Students are required to complete a total of 30 credits for the full award.

Entry requirements

The programme is open to students who have obtained an honours degree (Level 8) or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline (i.e. Engineering or Life Sciences). Other candidates with alternative honours degrees and relevant experience in the BioProcessing industry (typically 5 years duration in a GMP environment) may apply for consideration through the IT Sligo RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process.

Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of English language proficiency. For further information on English language requirements click here.

Subjects taught

.Semester 1

Title Credits
BIOANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES 05
BIOCONTAMINATION MONITORING AND CONTROL 05
FACILITY DESIGN AND OPERATION [E] 05
Bopharmaceutical Analytical Techniques Practical Module [E] 05

Semester 2
Title Credits
BIOPHARMA PROCESS VALIDATION 05
Lean Sigma for BioPharma 05
PROJECT MANAGEMENT [E] 05
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN BIOPROCESSING [E] 05
Research Methods Biopharma [E] 05

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.

Credits

60

Duration

1 Year Online

Fees

Total for €10,000
Per Year €5,000
Per 5 credit module €1,000

Non-EU total fees €13,000

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

Post Course Info

Further Study
Upon successful completion of this programme students can progress onto the L9 Post-graduate Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Science (60 credits) and further onto the L9 MSc. in Biopharmaceutical Science (90 credits).

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PGDip.

  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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