Manufacturing Technology Systems 1 for BioPharma/MedDevice Industries (Post Grad Cert) (Manufacturing Technology Systems 1 for BioPharma/MedDevice Industries (Post Grad Cert))

Athlone Institute of Technology (Science)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Physical and Life Science

General Information

Nuala Commins



090 64 68600



Important Dates
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About this Course

This programme will be delivered full-time through an innovative blended learning approach involving facilitated workshops and online virtual learning classes

Athlone Institute of Technology has successfully produced highly employable biotechnology / pharmaceutical and applied bioscience graduates at NFQ level 7 and 8 for many years.
Nine of the top ten global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies have significant operations in Ireland and seven of the ten worldwide ‘blockbuster’ drug products are manufactured in Ireland. The Irish Government’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has identified the Biopharma sector as one which will continue to require highly qualified and skilled scientists over the coming years. The modules offered on this Postgraduate Certificate are designed to meet these identified current and future skills shortages in the Irish and international Biopharmaceutical sector. The programme also provides a route towards a career in Research and Development within academia and industry. Graduates from this programme can expect to develop careers in a variety of roles in the Biopharmaceutical, Medical Device, Biotechnology and Medical Diagnostics sectors.


The main objective of this Level 9 Special Purpose Award in Manufacturing Systems for Regulated Industries is to provide learners with a scientific background the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and MedDevice industries.

This programme will give learners the opportunity to further their skill, or reskill and make a positive contribution to the economy through gaining an understanding of the dynamics of business and in particular from an industry perspective ensuring they are better at making decisions, solving problems and skilled for the workplace of the future

Entry Requirements

Eligible candidates should have a first or a second class honours grade or an international equivalent in a Biology or Chemistry-related primary degree (for example Biotechnology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Science, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Physiology, Medicinal Chemistry or an equivalent qualification).

Graduates who hold equivalent qualifications in related science and technology disciplines or who have relevant industrial experience will be considered for places on a case-by-case basis.

Long Description

Programme Content
• Lean Six Sigma : foundation in the principals of Lean processing using the problem solving analytical Tools
• Process and Equipment Validation: Comprehensive knowledge of the principles underpinning validation requirements
• QA-Compliance Standards and Auditing: Recognise core principles of product quality and interdependence of quality systems

Timetable Info

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 6.00pm to 9.00pm ONLINE

Induction – Saturday 16th January 2021
Classes – week commencing 18th January 2021

Delivery Notes

Online Induction will take place on Saturday 16th January 2021. Time to be confirmed.
Registered students will meet their lecturers and become acquainted with AIT operating systems, such as our online delivery platform, Moodle, Rules and Regulations etc.

Application Procedures

Apply online via

Programme Fee
100% funded for the Unemployed.
90% funded for the Employed. Employed applicants direct fee to AIT - €350
Subject to specific eligibility criteria – please see for further details.