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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

Emer Sweeney
021 490 4706

Dr. Eoin Fleming


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 the 2017/2018 programme the classroom/practical/site visits are scheduled for Fridays 9.30a.m - 5pm.

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 2017/2018 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.

Course fee


Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date September 2019 - TBC

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