Postgraduate Diploma in (Bio)Pharmaceutical Processing (Postgraduate Diploma in (Bio)Pharmaceutical Processing)

University College Cork (PDBPP)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Diploma (Major Award)

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

School of Pharmacy

General Information
Contact

Lorna Moloney

Email

ace.springboard@ucc.ie

Phone

087-6931100

Address

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AS A RESULT OF COVID-19.

Role

UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

30/08/2021

Start Date

13/09/2021

End Date

19/08/2022

About this Course

This level-9 Postgraduate Diploma will provide students with knowledge and experience on (Bio)Pharmaceutical industrial processes - from the development of biological drugs, to the manufacture, purification and formulation of active drug substance. It will produce graduates who have a fundamental understanding of the (Bio)Pharma industry, and the critical-thinking skills required to meet increasing demands for research and optimisation. The course will improve the skillsets of those already employed in the industry and provide a much-needed boost in the talent pool available for employment.

Entry Requirements

A candidate must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours primary degree in a relevant Pharmacy, Science or Engineering discipline (NFQ level 8).

In exceptional cases applicants not meeting the above criteria will be considered for entry based on an interview and successfully demonstrating that they hold an equivalent professional qualification, or significant industrial experience relevant to the course.

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

The 60 credits of content on this programme are designed to facilitate science or engineering graduates who hold sufficient educational or professional experience to transition into the (Bio)Pharmaceutical sector. The core programme contains nine modules that provide foundational material on sterile manufacturing, as well as applied modules on validation and regulation. Critically, the course has applied content that introduces Advanced Therapeutics and Medicinal Products, and addresses the emerging need for graduates to manage and analyse large data sets. Along with enhanced emphasis on critical evaluation and process optimisation, the course is relevant to both large BioPharma and Life Science SMEs.

Ongoing engagement with local companies ensures that the course meets existing and expected needs, and there is a strong focus on the technical and practical aspects of upstream and downstream processing in the manufacture of drug substance (with training sessions delivered in UCC and the Cork ETB BioPharma Training Centre in Carrigaline). Additional Diploma content reflects the changing requirement of local companies to use active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for clinical and non-clinical toxicology research testing, and a need to understand the novel biotherapies that are emerging (ATMPs). Together, it was agreed that the current combination of modules will be of interest and relevance to employees wishing to upskill, and improve the prospects of those wishing to gain employment.

Students will complete 60 credits as follows:

PF6603 Introduction to the Principles of Formulation and Dosage Form Design (5 credits)
PF6605 Microbiology and Sterile (Bio) Pharmaceutical Processes (5 credits)
PF6607 Pharmaceutical Process Design and Verification (5 credits)
PF6609 GxP - Regulatory and Best Practice Standards in the (Bio) Pharmaceutical Industry (5 credits)
PF6610 BioPharmaceutical Technology and Processes (10 credits) PF6612 Research Methods in (Bio) Pharma Processes and in the Development of Novel BioTherapeutics (10 credits)
PF6611 Biologics: Formulation and Dosage Form Design (5 credits)
PF6612 Research Methods in (Bio) Pharma Processes and in the Development of Novel BioTherapeutics (10 credits)
PF6613 Introductory Statistics for the (Bio) Pharma Industry (5 credits)
PF6614 Advanced (Bio) Pharma Technology and Data Analysis (10 credits)

The unemployed and returner student cohorts will also be expected to register for an optional module that provides training in professional career management skills: PF6615 Transitioning into the Workplace and Placement (5 credits). This module involves career coaching by UCC's Career Service, and, where possible, an experiential work placement with a local company. It is assessed on a pass/fail basis and is not counted toward the final award. The result obtained in PF6615 will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Why Choose This Course

This NFQ level 9 part-time course has been developed with input from world-leading companies based in Munster, and has been designed to meet the expected shortage of appropriately skilled employees in the sector in the coming years. It combines flexible on-campus and blended on-line teaching methods to deliver workshops, lectures and practicals to students from a range of disciplines and circumstantial backgrounds. The course features significant engagement with local industry through the provision of site visits, off-campus training opportunities and guest speaker lectures. Students will have the opportunity to avail of Career Services at UCC and take a non-credit bearing module that aims to assist them in transitioning to the workplace and facilitating a placement in a local company.

Career Opportunities

A dedicated UCC CAREER COACH will work with students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with:
• Selecting the most suitable course and transitioning into university;
• The development of their job readiness;
• Their ultimate transition into employment/furthering existing careers.
The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the eligible applicants for the 2021 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment.

PRE-ENTRY SUPPORTS
The University will provide both online and one-to-one guidance and support to prospective and incoming students in relation to potential career options and outcomes for their course(s) of interest prior to registration. The dedicated Springboard Careers coach will assist individuals in selecting a course that is closely aligned with their own skills, strengths, and personal career goals and objectives.

JOB READINESS
In terms of job readiness training, 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+ 2021 applicants.
2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to compliment individual coaching sessions will be delivered focusing on positioning oneself for job readiness and moving forward into a job. Small group workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, and to 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. Past UCC Springboard students attended talks delivered by Voxpro, Biomarin, Cork Local Enterprise Office, among others.
• Meet with employers for informational interviews.

TRANSITION INTO EMPLOYMENT/FURTHERING CAREER
Students will be enrolled on an online 5 credit module entitled CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS. The objective of this module is to provide essential training in professional career management skills to assist students in actively planning and preparing for their future careers – whether that involves returning to the workplace after a period of unemployment/absence, or changing role/company for those who are already in employment. Module Content will include:
• Assessing job readiness;
• Exploring self-awareness and setting realistic career objectives;
• Understanding your strengths, development needs, opportunities and threats;
• Developing a career-management strategy and identifying career goals;
• Creative job-hunting both online and offline;
• Written applications, CVs and interview preparation;
• Implementing career plans.

Timetable Info

Classes will be delivered on Fridays from Sept. to Aug.

Delivery Notes

Pre-reading for classes will be delivered online.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney

Address

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AS A RESULT OF COVID-19.

Phone

087-6931100

Email

ace.springboard@ucc.ie

RPL Information

In exceptional cases applicants not meeting the above criteria will be considered for entry based on an interview and successfully demonstrating that they hold an equivalent professional qualification, or significant industrial experience relevant to the course.

Application Procedures

In advance of applying for this course, please familiarise yourself with the programme entry requirements detailed on this page, as well as the Springboard+ eligibility criteria outlined at https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility.

To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:

1. be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
- You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
- You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
- You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
- You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
- You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
- You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
- If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted.
- If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.

Please ensure that you have ALL of the following documentation available at the time of application:

1. Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous educational qualifications that demonstrate how you meet the programme entry requirements.

2. Application statement - please describe in a maximum of 500 words why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements. Applicants should also reflect on their ability to commit to the course's delivery method - whether on campus in UCC or online.

3. Detailed and up-to-date CV.

4. Proof of selected category of applicant, i.e. employed, self-employed, unemployed, or returner. Please see https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility for acceptable documentation for each category.

5. Copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate for non-native English speakers demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements.

6. Proof of meeting the nationality/residency requirement if applicable (Relevant applicants must provide evidence of residency for 3 out of the last 5 years).

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated. To create a zip file in Windows:
1. Select the files you want to add to the zip file. Selecting files.
2. Right-click one of the files. A menu will appear.
3. In the menu, click Send to and select Compressed (zipped) folder.
4. A zip file will appear. If you want, you can type a new name for the zip file.

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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 - €600. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.

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IMPORTANT:

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.

We envisage three rounds of offers for successful applicants on July 14th, July 28th and August 16th. All unsuccessful applicants will be informed asap to afford them the opportunity to apply for alternative courses.

Eligibility for Springboard+ course will be checked at application stage and at course registration - proof of status must be provided on each occasion. Further verification checks will occur at least twice during the year where students will be expected to confirm their registration and status on the Springboard+ website.

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