Postgraduate Certificate in (Bio)Pharma Processing

University College Cork (PGBPP)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Certificate (Minor Award)

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

School of Pharmacy

Skills Area

Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics

General Information
Contact

Dr Eoin Fleming

Email

j.fleming@ucc.ie

Phone

021-4901679

Address

School of Pharmacy
University College Cork

Role

Programme Director

Important Dates
Application Deadline

23/10/2018

Start Date

23/10/2018

End Date

16/08/2019

About this Course

The Postgraduate Certificate in (Bio) Pharma Processing is designed to facilitate science or engineering graduates who hold sufficient educational or professional experience to transition into the BioPharma and PharmaChem sector nationally.

Development and delivery of this level 9 course in the Munster area, where comparatively high numbers of BioPharma and PharmaChem companies are situated, will provide participants with experience in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (both small organic molecule and biopharmaceuticals) and their formulations. Students will be given technical and practical knowledge of the key upstream and downstream processes associated with the industry, as well as sterile fill-finish, API and formulation production. This combination of modules, which spans both the drug development and drug manufacturing processes, and has been designed to meet the existing and projected needs of the industry, will help produce confident graduates that are technically competent for employment in the BioPharma andPharmaChem sectors. It will improve the skillsets of those already employed in the industry, and provide a much needed increase in the talent pool available for employment.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours degree in a relevant Health Science, Science or Engineering discipline (NFQ level 8).

English language requirement: all applicants whose first language is not English are expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no individual section lower than 6.5.

Long Description

Students will complete 30 credits as follows:

Core Modules

PF6603 Introduction to the Design and Delivery of (Bio) Pharmaceutical Medicines (5 credits)
PF6604 BioPharma Process Technology (5 credits)
PF6605 Introduction to Microbiology and Sterile (Bio) Pharmaceutical Processes (5 credits)
PF6606 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Processes (5 credits)

Elective modules

One of the following modules to the value of 5 credits:
PF6602 Transitioning into the Workplace (5 credits)
Or
PF6609 GXP – Introduction to Regulatory and Best Practice Standards in the (Bio)Pharmaceutical Industry (5 credits)

And one of the following modules to the value of 5 credits:
PF6608 Placement (Postgraduate) (5 Credits)
Or, in cases wherea placement is not necessary for employed workers
PF6607 Pharmaceutical Process Design from Plant to ProcessVerification (5 Credits)

Students will be given technical and practical knowledge of the key upstream and downstream processes associated with the industry, as well as sterile fill-finish, API and formulation production. This combination of modules, which spans both the drug development and drug manufacturing processes, will help produce confident graduates that are technically competent for employment in the BioPharma and PharmaChem sectors, improve the skillsets of those already employed in the industry, and provide a much needed increase in the talent pool available for employment.

The programme will be delivered as a combination of online distance learning, classroom, laboratory teaching and site visits that will give participants a strong practical and theoretical understanding of the processes involved in the manufacture of drug substance and drug products. Participants will be provided with teaching materials (online notes and videos) in advance of attending classroom and practical sessions. This approach to content delivery, which will enable students to work through topics in advance of attending weekly classroom sessions, or revise material post-delivery, is aimed at facilitating the learning needs of the diverse group of students that we expect to have on the course (returners, previously self-employed, unemployed and those in employment in the BioPharma sector). Practical sessions will be delivered in the state of the art pilot scale facilities in the School of Pharmacy, UCC and the Cork ETB BioPharma Training Centre in Carrigaline, Co.Cork.

Career Opportunities

As is referenced in the EGFSN’s recent report “Future Skills Needs of BioPharma Industry in Ireland’ (2016), as the BioPharma sector continues to grow, many companies are experiencing difficulties in sourcing individuals with relevant experience. Key skills identified in this report, and addressed in modules for this programme, include:

*Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
*Aseptic and sterile manufacturing
*Upstream/downstream processing
*Validation
*Clean utilities
*Good Lab Practice
*Documentation management
*Quality person duties
*Regulatory filings.

Following consultation with some of our industrial collaborators, it is envisaged that applicants with a suitable primary degree, who upskill and graduate from this programme, would be in a position to apply for a variety of positions in local companies including, but not limited to:
*Process Technician
*Production Supervisor
*Quality Assurance Specialist
*Technical Services Scientist
*Validation Science
*Scientist (BioPharma)
*BioProcess Engineer
*Process Scientist (Manufacturing Support).

A dedicated UCC EMPLOYABILITY AND WORK PLACEMENT COACH will work with students on this programme and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with the development of their job readiness and their transition into employment. The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the 3 categories of eligible applicants for the 2018 Springboard+ call: those unemployed/ previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment. Main activities will include:

1. ONE-TO-ONE CAREER COACHING to formulate Individual CAREER ACTION PLANS leading to employment: Individual career coaching will be provided for each participant to reflect on:
* Where they are now in their careers;
* Where they want to be;
* Strategies for gaining employment on completion of their Springboard+ course.
These individual coaching sessions will be customised to the needs of the student within the three categories of Springboard+ 2018 applicants.

2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to complement individual coaching sessions will be built into the programme as outlined below:
* Positioning oneself for job readiness (4 workshops): Setting realistic career objectives; Understanding strengths and skills; Learning from successful role models; Developing a career management strategy.
* Moving forward into a job (4 workshops): Taking action by developing career goals and implementing them;
* Creative job-hunting both on-line and off-line; Written applications, CVs and interview preparation and Implementing career plans.
* Small Group Workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, develop the people skills and the insights needed to transition to the world of work.

3. Participants will be given the opportunity to MEET EMPLOYERS by
* Attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students;
*Attending employer-led events on building workplace competencies.
*Meet with employers for informational interviews.

Two 5 credit modules are also included in this programme to improve the job readiness and employment prospects of course participants. The first of these, PF6602 “Transitioning into the Workplace”, will be supported by UCC's Careers Service. The second module, PF6008 – “Placement”, aims to improve job readiness through obtainment of hands-on practical experience in the workplace, and will be supported by the UCC Employability and Work Placement Coach. The students' Employability and Work Placement Coach will help candidates in securing suitable work experience to fulfil their personal objectives. The Coach will customise their support in this regard to meet the needs of the individual student and take cognisance of their individual requirements in terms of their previous experiences, length of time out of the workplace etc. Work placement opportunities will be sourced by the Work Placement Coach and will be offered to students on a competitive basis. Workplace preparation workshops will also be offered to all students prior to going on work placement.

Timetable Info

Classes will be delivered on UCC campus on Fridays 9.30am-5pm from mid September 2018 to May 2019.

Students who secure a work placement will complete this from June-August 2019.

Delivery Location

Lectures, workshops and practicals will take place in state of the art facilities available in both the School of Pharmacy at UCC and at the Cork ETB BioPharma Training Facility in Carrigaline.

Delivery Notes

The programme will be delivered as a combination of online distance learning, classroom, laboratory teaching and site visits to industry.

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Emer Sweeney

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE)
The Laurels
University College Cork
Western Road
Cork.

Phone

021-4904706

Email

emer.sweeney@ucc.ie

RPL Information

RPL may be used by Springboard participants applying to this course to gain admission to the programme where an applicant many not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements.

Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie. Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the following documentation available at the time of application:

* Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications

* Current CV

* References where applicable

*Application statement (in no more than 500 words, please outline why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements)

* Copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers

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PROGRAMME FEE INFORMATION:

No fee applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.).

Fee applicable for those currently in employment - €315. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.

Media

School of Pharmacy

https://www.ucc.ie/en/pharmacy/