Certificate in Science in Bioprocessing (September 2021)

Limerick Institute of Technology (SB21-BIO-L6-30)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Science in Bioprocessing (Level 6, 30 ECTS)

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Department of Applied Science

General Information
Contact

Brigid Della Pace

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Phone

+353 61 293055

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in LIT request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Important Dates
Application Deadline

21/09/2021

Start Date

22/09/2021

End Date

13/03/2022

About this Course

Ireland is currently experiencing a rapid growth in the Biopharmaceutical sector, with a number of large Biopharmaceutical companies locating to the Mid-West. In addition, existing companies are developing and expanding their operations in this sector.

The production of Biopharmaceutical products is a high skills-based enterprise. These companies will require a continuous supply of trained personnel with skills in the manufacture of Biological products and in Bioprocessing.

LIT in collaboration with The National Institute of Bioprocessing, Research and Training (NIBRT) and Regeneron will provide an integrated programme of study with hands-on practical training in key areas to allow for employment in this dynamic sector.

NIBRT is a global centre of excellence for training and research in Bioprocessing located in a world class facility. The NIBRT facility has been purpose built to replicate a modern bioprocessing plant with state of the art industrial type equipment and students get hands on access to this equipment.

All students on this programme will participate in 10 x 1 day practical sessions run by NIBRT which has been specifically designed to provide hands-on practical experience of biopharmaceutical production in an industrial context including Bioreactor design and operation, upstream, downstream and fill finish equipment and processes.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions some of these practicals will be delivered online.

Students will also be required to attend 5 x 1 day Laboratory Practicals sessions in the Department of Applied Science in LIT.

This programme aims to equip the students with a specialised knowledge of Biopharmaceutical production and the necessary support skills in Bioprocessing, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Cleanroom & Asceptic Techniques and Cell Biology.

Career development and work preparation skills will also be included.

Objectives

This programme aims to equip the students with a specialised knowledge of Biopharmaceutical production and the necessary support skills in Bioprocessing, Clean room & Asceptic techniques and Cell Biology.

Career development and Work preparation skills will also be included.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy a minimum stage 1 entry requirement of Grade 06/H7 or higher at Ordinary Level in five Leaving Certificate Subjects. Two of these subjects must include Mathematics and a Language (Irish or English).
Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements may be admitted to the programme on the grounds of mature years, if they have attained appropriate experience and thresholds deemed equivalent, on the recommendation of the institute.

1. Proof of Level 5 qualification or approved equivalent
Current CV *must be up to date
Proof of nationality ie. passport
Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month (see below)

2. Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) / Special Case Registrations: Prospective participants who do not meet the educational qualification entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should notify the Flexible Learning Office and request consideration under RPL. Please submit your application online here and then email Springboard@lit.ie requesting consideration under LIT’s RPL policy. Please state your unique Springboard reference number, name and chosen course.

3. ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements. We do not require proof of IELTS however, each applicant must ensure that their English is to above standard and they will be able to participate without any language barrier.

4. EXAMS: No end of year examinations. Continuous assessments ie. assignments and exercises will be set during the programme

5. FEES: (Level 6) The overall fee for this programme is €4,850. This programme is 100% Springboard funded for ALL successful applicants.

LIT Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures are available through below link. Please copy & Paste into your browser:
https://lit.ie/en-ie/study-at-lit/course-information/flexible-learning-professional-courses/policies-and-procedures

This course will be Springboard funded for 21-22 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines.

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.



Long Description

Ireland is currently experiencing a rapid growth in the Biopharmaceutical sector, with a number of large Biopharmaceutical companies locating to the Mid-West. In addition, existing companies are developing and expanding their operations in this sector.

The production of Biopharmaceutical products is a high skills-based enterprise. These companies will require a continuous supply of trained personnel with skills in the manufacture of Biological products and in Bioprocessing.
LIT in collaboration with The National Institute of Bioprocessing, Research and Training (NIBRT) and Regeneron will provide an integrated programme of study with hands-on practical training in key areas to allow for employment in this dynamic sector.

NIBRT is a global centre of excellence for training and research in Bioprocessing located in a world class facility. The NIBRT facility has been purpose built to replicate a modern bioprocessing plant with state of the art industrial type equipment and students get hands on access to this equipment.

All students on this programme will participate in 1 day a week practical placement in NIBRT which has been specifically designed to provide hands-on practical experience of biopharmaceutical production in an industrial context including Bioreactor design and operation, upstream, downstream and fill finish equipment and processes.

This programme aims to equip the students with a specialised knowledge of Biopharmaceutical production and the necessary support skills in Bioprocessing, Clean room & Asceptic techniques and Cell Biology. Career development and Work preparation skills will also be included.

On completion of the programme Students may undertake a minimum 3 month job placement subject to availability/Covid19 restrictions.

Modules
Modules Bioprocessing (5 credits)
Cell Biology (10 credits)
Good Manufacturing Practice (5 credits)
NIBRT Bioprocessing Practical (10 credits)

What will the time commitment be?
Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

Timetable Info

**Start date to be confirmed**

Average 11.5 hours per week

This varies between 7-13 hours depending on the delivery of the practical's component in LIT and NIBRT both of which will be blocked.

Delivery Location

Online

LIT, Moylish

NIBRT, Dublin (Transportation provided) TBC

Delivery Notes

Lectures: online 7 hours per week

NIBRT Bioprocessing Practical:-
NIBRT Dublin (blocked 5 x 6hr)
Online (due to Covid 19 restrictions) (blocked 5 x 6hr)

Cell Biology Laboratory Practicals - LIT (blocked 5 x 6hr Practical)

% in LIT: 5 days x 6hr blocked laboratory session (13%)
%NIBRT Dublin:5 days x 6hr (13%)
%NIBRT Online: 5 days x 6hr (13%)

% Online: 75%
​7hr lectures per week (60%) and some of NIBRT component (6hr for 5 weeks) (15%)

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Brigid Della Pace

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in LIT request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Phone

+353 61 293055

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with LIT's RPL Policy.

Application Procedures

Apply online here at www.springboardcourses.ie. Once you submit your application you will receive an automated acknowledgement email with a unique reference application number. Please quote this reference number when contacting Springboard LIT.

To complete the application process you must upload the following supporting documents:

1. Current CV *must be up to date
2. Proof of existing level 5 educational qualification or equivalent
3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month (see below)

Please note that places are LIMITED and only COMPLETE applications can be assessed by the Programme Team. Please apply online here for your programme and ensure ALL Supporting Documents are uploaded to your application. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. LIT will not pursue applicants for missing documents.

EMPLOYED APPLICANTS: ONE of the following: A recent payslip / most recent P60 / revenue documentation letter from employer confirming this (amounts may be redacted from financial documents) / letter/email from employer / proof from company website etc. Dated within the last month.

UNEMPLOYED APPLICANTS: Proof of social welfare: Written confirmation from the Department of Employment Social Protection (DEASP) that you are a Social Welfare recipient at the commencement of the course. Name of payment. Receipt from Post Office may suffice. Dated within the last month.

RETURNERS: If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarized affidavit confirming this. Download here and have completed by Peace Commissioner (no charge) or Commissioner of Oaths.

FORMERLY SELF-EMPLOYED: Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient.

EXAMS: No end of year examinations. Continuous assessments ie. assignments and exercises will be set during the programme

FEES: (Level 6) 100% FUNDING: The overall fee for this programme is €4,850. This programme is 100% Springboard funded for ALL successful applicants.

LIT Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures are available through below link. Please copy & Paste into your browser:
https://lit.ie/en-ie/study-at-lit/course-information/flexible-learning-professional-courses/policies-and-procedures

This course will be Springboard funded for 21-22 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines
Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.