Diploma (60 credit) and Certificate (30 credit)
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Dept of Physical Sciences, Munster Technological University,
DO YOU HOLD A LEVEL 8 QUALIFICATION IN SCIENCE OR ENGINEERING BUT NEED TO UPSKILL IN THE AREAS OF ANALYTICAL SCIENCE & INSTRUMENTATION/VALIDATION TO PROGRESS YOUR CAREER?
This combined Post Graduate Diploma (6credit) and Certificate (30credit) is an 18-month full-time programme developed to address scientific skills gaps within the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Food, Beverage, Water & Healthcare sectors. The course is designed with Industry to upskill graduates with an existing STEM qualification to become specialised in the high demand area of Analytical Science and Instrumentation Validation, specifically to meet the skills shortage in the BioPharmaChem, Food and Beverage and Environmental Analysis sectors.
WHO SHOULD APPLY FOR THIS COURSE?
Applicants MUST have a level 8 qualification in a Science or Engineering discipline with a fundamental understanding of scientific method and subjects, in particular a basic level of chemistry. Applicants with a level 8 qualification in other disciplines or a level 7 in a Science/Engineering discipline AND extensive relevant industrial experience or training may be considered via CIT's RPL policy and process.
The course would suit science/engineering graduates working in a range of industries such as Food & Beverage/Nutrition/AgriBio production, BioPharma, Water/food analysis, Chemical Processing but may not have specific training in the advanced instrumentation and software
analytics associated with these sectors.
This programme is aimed at those wishing to upskill in the latest developments in advanced analytical techniques and method/instrument validation by learning and understanding the key features of the associated advanced instrumentation hardware and software.
*****THIS COURSE WILL BEGIN DELIVERY IN September 2021************************
WHAT ARE THE KEY ADVANTAGES OF THIS COURSES OVER OTHER SIMILAR PROGRAMMES?
This programme is offered by the Department of Physical Sciences at Munster Technological University (physicalsciences.cit.ie), which has long-standing extensive experience in delivering industry-specific courses in the area of Analytical Science (specifically Analytical Chemistry) and Instrumentation. The department also has extensive experience in the delivery of of Quality Assurance and Validation (approved by Excellence Ireland Quality Association) programmes. Our lecturing and technical staff have extensive industry experience and continuously engage closely with the region's leading advanced manufacturing sectors.
The course will offer candidates the opportunity to learn about the latest in most widely used industry-relevant data analytics and process control software and hardware, in areas such as chemical analysis, process control and automation and chromatography diagnostics (further details of specialist training facilities: https://physicalsciences.cit.ie/facilities)
This course includes the opportunity to carry our an industry-based project, either with an existing employer or via a placement. The programme also allows the opportunity to carry out a project with one of CITs associated research groups.
If you are interested in applying for this course, please submit the following via the online application system below:
(i) Updated CV outlining education and work experience
(ii) Copy of RELEVANT ACADEMIC AND TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS
(iii) A LETTER OF INTENT outlining your interest in the course.
Please note that candidates with a level 7 qualification and extensive relevant industrial experience
may also be considered for acceptance on the course via CIT's Recognition of Prior Learning
policy and process (https://www.cit.ie/rpl).
To equip graduates for employment roles in Analytical Science and Instrument Validation in the advanced manufacturing (biopharmachemical, food, beverage, environmental, medical device, etc) sectors.
To ensure graduates are qualified in the disciplines of analytical science and validation.
To ensure graduates have the appropriate laboratory-based practical skills training in instrumentation, measurement design and execution, data acquisition and analytics, processing & analysis and report writing – all of which are key requirements for job readiness in a regulated manufacturing environment.
To ensure graduates are competent in computer-based IT skills, the use of software packages for text and data processing (e.g. EMpower, Minitab, SPSS, DeltaV, etc) and in the statistical interpretation of analytical data.
To ensure graduates have strong communication, management and leadership skills.
As per HCI requirements - Level 8
Students may avail of RPL if they can illustrate through portfolio and certification, that they have completed a previous course and reached the learning outcomes of a particular module in this Level 9 PGD.
RPL may be possible for some modules in this programme. For further details, please https://www.cit.ie/rpl and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you are eligible.
This PG Diploma is an 18-month full-time programme developed to address scientific skills gaps within the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Food, Beverage, Water & Healthcare sectors. Each of these sectors is underpinned by a need for globally-recognised expertise in advanced manufacturing. Key to maintaining quality and regulatory standards, in addition to maintaining manufacturing competitive advantage, in these industry sectors is the knowledge of analytical techniques and associated instrument validation.
Since 2012 there has been a substantial investment of over €4 billion in the BioPharma Chem sector. Much of this investment is in Biopharma, for enhancing the development of new skills distinct from traditional pharmaceutical (small molecule) manufacturing. Advances in manufacturing processes from batch manufacturing to continuous manufacturing is critical to creating the optimum manufacturing environment utilizing skid technology and prioritizing innovation.
This programme is aimed at those wishing to upskill in the latest developments in advanced analytical techniques and method/instrument validation. Thus, providing a strong talent pipeline for industry, combining knowledge, skills and expertise in advanced analytical techniques focusing on separation, detection and characterization of the material, is essential. The programme will have a strong quality validation focus, producing graduates with an expert knowledge of quality validation methodologies.
Graduates will gain advanced knowledge of the disciplines of analytical science allowing them to lead their company's quality validation programmes in instrumentation. They will be qualified to assess the potential of new analytical technology within an industrial environment and implement this technology using quality validation methodology. Graduates will have advanced research skills enabling the continued growth of R&D and innovation in Ireland.
The programme places great emphasis on professional development, communication, management and leadership skills, all of which will allow students to develop their career aspirations.
Please checkout our website for details of our department's activities and facilities
There are extensive opportunities for graduates of this programme in areas related to:
BioPharmaChem (product development, analysis, quality assurance, new instrument validation e.g. PAT)
Food & Bevereage (product development, contaminant analysis, trace element analysis, etc)
MedTech (product development, quality assurance, contaminant analysis, etc)
Environmental (water quality analysis, contaminant/toxin testing, in-line sampling, etc)
Please check our website or social media platforms for further detail on our related industry engagement and alumni activity
The PGDip nominally takes place over 3 semesters:
Semester 1 (Sep-Dec 2021):
Advanced Spectroscopy & Process Analytical Technologies (10 credits)
Professional Development & Communications (5 credits)
Management and Leadership (5 credits)
Separation Science (10 credits)
Semester 2 (Jan-April 2022):
Environmental Legislation & Standards (10 credits)
Strategic Quality Management (10 credits)
Structure Elucidation & BioMolecules (10 credits)
Semester 3 (Sept-Dec 2022):
Industrial Work Placement & Research Project (30 credits)
Lecture will be delivered for the most part online, where possible. Practical (Laboratory) and some tutorial sessions will take place on campus. Learners will be required to attend at least one day per week will be onsite at MTU's Cork (Bishopstown) Campus.
The delivery of the programme will be a blend of online lectures and online or in-classroom practical sessions and tutorials. This will be in part determined by the status of the ongoing COVID situation. While the programme nominally has 12 hours of teacher-learner "contact" time per week, either via lectures, tutorials or laboratory practical sessions, the course should be treated as full time as there is a significant independent learner workload associated with this contact (in the region of 20hrs per week).
The programme team will endeavour to make the delivery schedule as student and worker friendly as possible, e.g. by scheduling evening delivery where possible.
The programme is comprised of the following modules:
Semester 1 (Sep-Dec 2021):
Advanced Spectroscopy & Process Analytical Technologies
Professional Development & Communications
Management and Leadership
Semester 2 (Jan-April 2022):
Environmental Legislation & Standards
Strategic Quality Management
Structure Elucidation & BioMolecules
Semester 3 (Sept-Dec 2023):
Industrial Work Placement & Research Project
Potential candidates should apply via the SpringBoard+ website.
This is a 2 stage process, initially applicants will submit information which will be checked by the Department to ensure that candidates meet the minimum academic qualification entry requirements. If so, applications will then be checked by the MTU admissions office to ensure applications meet the SpringBoard+/HCI eligibility requirements. Please ensure that all required documentation is submitted at the initial application stage.