Postgraduate Diploma in Bioanalytical Chemistry (2022 Dates TBC)

University College Cork (PDBCM)
Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Diploma in Bioanalytical Chemistry

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Full Time

ECTS Credits



School of Chemistry

General Information

Dr Eric Moore







Programme Director

Important Dates
Application Deadline


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End Date


About this Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Bioanalytical Chemistry will provide you with knowledge of bioanalytical chemistry as applied in the biopharmaceutical industry. It aims to deliver a broad scope of industry relevant bioanalytical topics that will give you valuable insight and raise your awareness of the importance, implementation and impact of bioanalytical chemistry. Proactive collaboration with industry in the design and delivery of the curriculum is an innovative approach that will enhance the student learning experience. Towards these ends the blended course will consist of (i) lectures (both online and classroom) (ii) laboratory work on set experiments (combination of virtual and laboratory practice) (iii) industry workshops/seminars/guest lectures (iv) a series of interactive virtual games based on industry case studies and (v) a short bioanalytical research/development project.


Over the duration of this programme you will learn how to:
• Identify, formulate, analyse and solve problems in the analysis of biological compounds
• Outline fundamental and applied aspects of bioanalytical chemistry
• Design and carry out a method of biopharmaceutical analysis, including instrumental analysis
• Communicate effectively with the biopharmaceutical community on bioanalytical chemistry
• Troubleshoot and problem solve challenges in the field of bioanalytical chemistry
• Prepare a written research report and disseminate the results by way of presentation

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in Science, Process Engineering or Chemical Engineering.

A quota will be allocated to applicants who do not meet these entry requirements. These applicants will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning and assessed on the following factors:

Academic achievement
Prior Work Experience
Letter of Reference
Personal Statement
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. See requirements here:

Long Description

The Postgraduate Diploma in Bioanalytical Chemistry is a level 9 qualification that will provide you with knowledge of bioanalytical chemistry as applied in the biopharmaceutical industry. It is a full time programme that will be run over the course of 2 semesters and will be delivered as a blended course consisting of 10 modules. These modules aim to deliver a broad scope of industry relevant bioanalytical topics that will give you valuable insight and raise your awareness of the importance, implementation and impact of bioanalytical chemistry. Modules will deliver a more in-depth appreciation of the latest trends of bioanalytical techniques and state of the art analytical technologies being implemented by the biopharmaceutical industry. Training in a wide range of methods of bioanalytical chemistry analysis and chemometric skills, literature searching, troubleshooting and presentation skills will be provided. A key aspect of the programme is the partnering with several industries that provide valuable insight, skills and knowledge that bridge the gap between academic teaching and industry practice. Proactive collaboration with industry in the design and delivery of the curriculum is an innovative approach that will enhance the student learning experience. Towards these ends the course will consist of:
(i) Online lectures
(ii) Virtual Laboratory work
(iii) Laboratory work on set experiments
(iv) Industry workshops
(v) A desk-based research review project

You will complete 60 credits as follows:
• Introduction to Bioanalytical Chemistry (5 credits)
• Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry (5 credits)
• Industry Led Workshops/Seminars in Bioanalytical Chemistry (5 credits)
• Instrumental Techniques for Bioanalytical Chemistry (5 credits)
• Process Analytical Technology in BioPharma (5 credits)
• Introduction to Quality and Regulatory Affairs for BioPharma (5 credits)
• Troubleshooting Bioanalytical Chemistry Case Studies (5 credits)
• Virtual Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratories (5 credits)
• Practice of Bioanalytical Chemistry (10 credits)
• Bioanalytical Project (10 credits)

Why Choose This Course

Students will be ready to work in the Biopharmaceutical industry on completion of this PGDip in Bioanalytical Chemistry. They will have a broader awareness of bioanalytical technologies and techniques and be better prepared to fulfil new and emerging roles in Quality Assurance and Quality Control within the Biopharmaceutical industry.
The PG Dip in Bioanalytical Chemistry gives students a broad foundation of Bioanalytical techniques and assays and their application in the Biopharmaceutical industry. The Biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector is very strong in Ireland with an investment of $10 billion in developing new facilities over the past 10 years. As a sector it is seeing a strong demand for new skills to be developed as this investment leads to new jobs and roles within the industry.

The industry advisory board from the taught postgraduate programmes in Analytical Chemistry has been very proactive to partner the Biopharmaceutical sector with the School of Chemistry and consult on the design and implementation of the curriculum for this new PG Dip programme.

The content delivered in the Bioanalytical programme is very relevant to the skills in the Biopharmaceutical sector and students on completion of the programme will have improved opportunities for employment. The new modes of teaching, industry relevant content and innovative methods of delivery, including the use of virtual reality technology (labs and virtual gaming) have significant input from key industry partners (in particular the industry relevant case studies and workshops). This PG Dip will also provide students with opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills and enhance their student experience through a blended course delivery and direct contact with Biopharmaceutical industry representatives.

Career Opportunities

The Postgraduate Diploma in Bioanalytical Chemistry has been designed to enable graduates to meet priority skills needs for the biopharmaceutical sector. It links strongly to Regional development and NDP/Project Ireland 2040 objectives, responding to the needs of the biopharmaceutical industry to provide more skilled personnel.

You will gain hands-on experience with industry partners through industry workshops that have been incorporated into the programme.

Timetable Info

Given the current public health advice related to physical distancing, this programme will likely be delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and face-to-face teaching where possible.

Delivery Notes

UCC Campus and online.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Orla O'Regan


RPL Information

RPL may be used by HCI participants applying to this course to gain admission to the programme where an applicant may not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements, with applications assessed on the following factors: Academic achievement, Prior Work Experience, Letter of Reference and Personal Statement.

Application Procedures

Apply online at

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 documentation below available at the time of application. Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.

1. Copies of transcripts (results) and parchments for any previous educational qualifications.

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, formally self-employed, recent graduate, unemployed, or returner.

Proof of applicant status:
• If employed: Recent payslip / recent letter from your employer confirming you work for them / recent letter or statement from Revenue demonstrating your current employment.
• If formally self-employed: A letter/statement from Revenue confirming you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant / a sworn declaration stating that you are no longer self-employed.
• If a recent graduate (2020 or 2021): Copy of transcript of results
• If unemployed: A recent document from DSP or your local INTREO office confirming you are in receipt of a qualifying payment for 9 of the past 12 months.
• If a returner: download a declaration form from Springboard+ FAQ page and sign it before a Commissioner for Oaths / Peace Commissioner:
Please see for more detail.

5. IF applying as a non-native English speaker: Proof of English language competency is required i.e. copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements. Please see for more detail.

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).

7. IF applying via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – (meaning you do not meet the minimum entry requirements of an NFQ Level 8 Primary Honours Degree but wish to apply based on experience) please provide a personal or academic reference to support your application.