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Quality Analytics for Biopharma - Online

The Certificate in Quality Analytics for Biopharma (Level 9; 10 credits) is a special purpose award developed by IT Sligo in collaboration with NIBRT (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training).

The primary focus of this SPA is the emerging Biopharmaceutical industry sector in Ireland and overseas and these awards are being developed and offered in partnership with NIBRT. The Bioanalytics practical laboratory element in this proposed special purpose award is a very attractive option for personnel seeking laboratory hands on experience.

This course is particularly suited to provide the core skills to transition those individuals with some previous experience as operators or lab. technicians to similar roles within the rapidly-expanding Biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector and also to more specialised roles. The course is structured to include the requisite knowledge, skills and professional competence required to be part of this workforce and has a large practical component (50%) associated with it.

This course is unique. It is part of the award winning suite of courses offered by NIBRT/IT Sligo (Taoiseach's Public Service Excellence Awards). It is a blend of the latest cutting edge academic modules in Biopharmaceuticals and exposure to a state of the art and award winning industrial biopharmaceutical training facility.

This SPA has been specifically designed in response to the requirements from the Biopharma industry:

The programme provides a thorough understanding of the principles of Biopharmaceutical Analytics in both theory and practice. The following modules have been designed to meet the needs of the Biopharma industry sector:

• Biopharmaceutical Analytics Techniques Theory.

• Biopharmaceutical Analytics Techniques Practical.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry onto this special purpose award, a standard applicant must hold a cognate Level 8 Degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants who may not have the aforementioned qualifications but who may have relevant industrial experience may apply for consideration under the RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process in accordance with the policies of IT Sligo in this area. Part-time students may enter under the ACCS mode.


1 year online

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Candidates who successfully complete the 10 credit Level 9 SPA may be eligible to work in QC/QA laboratories that specialise in the analysis of Biologics.

What are my further study opportunities?
Candidates who successfully complete the 10 credit Level 9 SPA may apply for entry to the 30 credit SPA Level 9 Cert in Biopharmaceutical Science. Following successful completion of the 30 credit Level 9 Cert in Biopharmaceutical Science candidates may progress to Year 2 of the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Science or Year 2 of the 90 credit Masters in Biopharmaceutical Science.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title Credits
Bioanalytical Techniques 05
Bopharmaceutical Analytical Techniques Practical Module 05

Application date

Application Closing Date: 30th August 2019

Course fee

Total Fees €2,000
Per module €1,000

Non-EU total fees: €2,500

Springboard Fees

Fee €2,500

FREE for those classified as unemployed.

Fee for employed participants €250 (10% of fees)

This programme is funded under the Springboard initiative. If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to free fees for this programme under this initiative. If this programme is funded you will find it and be able to submit an application on the Springboard site at

Enrolment and start dates

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