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Bio Pharma Processing

The programme is delivered part-time by a mixture of online distance learning supported by classroom workshops, practicals and site visits. The blend of delivery methods enables students to cover basic content at their own schedule, discuss and contextualise learning during classroom workshops, practicals and site visits.

Students take the following modules to the value of 20 credits:
PF6603 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms (5 credits)
PF6604 Pharmaceutical Process Technology (5 credits)
PF6605 Pharmaceutical Processes for Sterile Products (5 credits)
PF6606 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Processes (5 credits)

Modules from the following to the value of 5 credits:
PF6601 The fundamentals for working in a regulatory environment (5 credits)
PF6602 Transitioning into the workplace (5 credits)

and modules from the following to the value of 5 credits:
PF6607 Pharmaceutical Process Design from Plant to Process Verification (5 Credits)
PF6608 Placement (Postgraduate) (5 Credits) (available to students who secure a relevant placement)

Entry requirements

A candidate must have obtained at least Second Class Honours primary degree in a relevant Pharmacy, Science or Engineering discipline (NFQ level 8). Consideration will be given to other applicants with sufficient equivalent professional qualifications and significant industrial experience.

Further enquiries

Deirdre O’Byrne
Programme Coordinator
Adult Continuing Education
E: Deirdre.obyrne@ucc.ie
T: 021-490 4715

Abina Crean
School of Pharmacy
Cavanagh Building
University College Cork
College Road
Cork
Email Address: a.crean@ucc.ie
Telephone: 021-490 1667

Comment

The Postgraduate Certificate in (Bio)Pharma Processing is designed for graduates who wish to transition into employment in the (bio)Pharma sector. The part time course provides pharmacy, science or engineering graduates, as well as candidates who hold sufficient previous educational/professional experience, with a technical overview of current processing in Pharmaceutical and Biopharma sectors. The programme design provides participants with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the processes involved in drug substance and drug product manufacture. It is delivered part-time by a combination of online distance learning supported by classroom workshops, practicals and site visits. Practical sessions are delivered in the advanced laboratory-scale processing facilities in the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork. Career coaching and job readiness skills are provided via the ‘Transitioning into the Workplace’ module for recent graduates, those interested in career changes or re-engaging with recruitment processes.

A typical workload for each module is as follows; Students will be expected to attend classroom workshops (UCC), practicals and site visits (approx. 30 hrs), undertake self-directed study in advance of classroom/practical sessions (approx. 30 hrs), continuous assessment assignments and/or prepare for end of semester exam (40 hours). Students are only required to attend classes at the university 1 day per week during each 12 week semester (Sept- Dec and Jan – April). For 2016/2017 programme the classroom/practical/site visits are scheduled for Fridays 9.30-4.30 pm.

The part-time programme provides participants with practical and theoretical understanding of processes involved in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (small organic molecule and biopharmaceuticals) and their formulated products (injections, tablets, capsules etc.). Key pharmaceutical processes are covered in 3 modules; ‘Pharmaceutical Processes for Sterile Products’ (5 ECTS), ‘Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Processes’ (5 ECTS) and ‘Pharmaceutical Process Technology’ (5 ECTS). ‘Introduction to Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms’ (5 ECTS) provides students with a theoretical introduction to the scientific considerations in drug product design. An introduction to validation practices throughout the lifecycle pharmaceutical products is delivered in ‘Pharmaceutical Process Design from Plant to Continuous Process Verification’ (5 ECTS).

Career coaching and job readiness skills are provided via the ‘Transitioning into the Workplace’ module (5 ECTS). This module is designed to provide training in professional career management skills to assist participants to actively plan and prepare for careers in the Biopharma and Pharmachem sectors and to increase awareness of modern recruitment strategies and approaches. For those undertaking the programme, who are currently employed within the (Bio)Pharma sector, an alternative module is be offered in place of the ‘Transitioning into the Workplace’ module. ‘GXP-The Fundamentals for working in a regulatory environment‘ provides these participants with an overview of the regulations governing the pharmaceutical industry and creates awareness of the importance of GMP, GDP and GCP standards in the development, manufacture and supply of medicines.

The part-time programme provides participants with technical expertise for career progression in both the Biopharma-Pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors.

Key programme aspects include:

Hands-on practical experience of unit operations at lab scale facilities in the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork.

Practical application of the theory relating to pharmaceutical processing both Biopharma, Pharmchem and Drug Product.

Delivery online and in-classrooms allowing flexible contact hours; On-site teaching at UCC 2016/2017 Fridays only semester 1 and 2.

Career coaching and job readiness workshops.

Assessment method

Assessment methods vary across the programme modules. The Placement and ‘Transitioning into the workplace’ modules are assessed by 100% continuous assessment. The placement is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. For these modules continuous assessment examples include a Career development plan, Group project, Placement Portfolio (Placement Plan, Placement Journal, Review of Placement and Supervisor’s Report). All other modules will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end of semester written paper (1.5 hours). Continuous assessments examples include practical and site visit reports, written assignments and group projects.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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