Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Processing

Institute of Technology, Tralee (0512 Biochemistry)
Key Programme Details

Minor Award

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom - Daytime, Mixed, Classroom - Evening



ECTS Credits



School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Skills Area

Advanced Manufacturing

General Information

Mary Stritch




066 7191701


Lifelong Learning Department
Institute of Technology Tralee,
North Campus,
Co Kerry


Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course

The biopharmaceutical sector of the pharmaceutical industry has become an important producer of complex compounds/ molecules known as 'biologics' used in the targeted treatment of important diseases. Ireland's pharmaceutical sector is now an important global centre for biopharmaceutics attracting world leaders and major investment. Nine of the world top ten pharmaceutical companies have substantial operations in Ireland. The sector employs in excess of 25,000 people directly and as many more indirectly.

The manufacture of biopharmaceutical products requires teams of skilled scientists and engineers and there is already an established shortage of graduates with biopharmaceutics experience to meet the growing demand. It is likely that there will be a move by some pharmaceutical manufacturers away from traditional manufacturing processes and methods to new generation bioprocessing techniques and therefore there is a need to up-skill or cross-skill the existing workforce for this change.

The Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Processing is designed to provide the required training to graduates of laboratory
science with majors in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology or related disciplines. This will allow such graduates to
supplement their core skills to meet the requirements of the biopharmaceutical sector.

The programme is delivered in the main at IT Tralee making use of the biological and pharmaceutical science
laboratories and some of the facilities of the Institute's Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre. Students will also receive training on state-of-the-art bioprocessing plant and equipment at the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training NIBRT) facility. This is a blended programme with partial delivery online.

Graduates with this minor award will be well positioned to apply for roles with biopharmaceutical processing companies.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed a NFQ Level 7 or NFQ Level 8 Laboratory Chemical or Life Sciences programme for
entry to this programme. The Institute's policy in relation to non-standard applicants also applies.

Long Description

The modules to be completed as part of this programme will include:

Cell Culture Techniques
GMP, Standards & Validation
Principles of Bioprocessing
Upstream Bioprocessing
Downstream Bioprocessing

Why Choose This Course

At IT Tralee we offer a range of courses across an array of subject areas at many different levels of academic study. The courses we provide offer you the opportunity to gain new qualifications to advance your career, or possibly to find a new interest and meet new people. The Institute is committed to providing a high quality and relevant education service to all our students on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere on campus is created by our students and staff. Our Student Services team offer a wide range of services to make sure that the transition to third level is as smooth as possible. The Institute also has a team of students who act as mentors for all newcomers each year. The Students' Union also provides help and advice via the elected student executive.

There is a great diversity of backgrounds and cultures among our student population at the ITT with over forty nationalities represented on campus. The Institute offers a wide range of sports clubs which cater for both competitive and recreational sport welcoming both the beginner and the accomplished athlete. Societies are run by students for the benefit of students. Societies are essential in creating a balance between the academic and social aspect of college life. Students can choose from over 30 clubs to get involved with. Finally, as a student at the Institute you can expect high quality teaching and learning that ensures your study is relevant, up to the minute and challenging.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this minor award Will build on their laboratory science practice competence and will develop skill sets relating to those identified by the EGFSN (Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland August 2016) and most recently in its report (National Skills Bulletin 2016) in terms of pharmaceuticat, biopharma and food innovation. This includes the core areas of upstream and downstream processing, GMP, standards and regulation as well as cell culture, all of which have been identified as key skills.
Other reports ctearly highlight the needs for graduates with the skills sets this programme addresses. These include 'Molecules Make a Difference - Biopharmachem Ireland' and 'Growing the Irish Biolndustry - Irish Bioindustry Association'.

Timetable Info

This programme will be delivered part-time from January 2018 to January 2019. Days and times to be confirmed.

Delivery Location

South Campus
Institute of Technology Tralee
Co Kerry

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details

Mary Stritch


Lifelong Learning Department,
Institute of Technology, Tralee, North Campus, Tralee, Co Kerry


(066) 7191701



Application Procedures

Apply on-line at www.springboardcourses.ie

All applicants must submit copies of previous relevant qualifications obtained.