Certificate in Bioprocess Engineering (Online)

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Points Required N/A*
  • Course Code SG_SBIOE_E07
  • Award Certificate
  • Duration 1 year

Course Summary

Programme Code: SG_SBIOE_E07

Delivery: Online

About this programme

This Certificate in Science in Bioprocess Engineering at level 7 has been developed in consultation with the Biopharmaceutical Industry in Ireland to provide the participants with the required technical knowledge, skill and experience that is required for the control and operation of the processing equipment utilised in the Biopharmaceutical industry which is a sector which is growing rapidly.

Biopharmaceutical Science involves study of the discovery, development and processing of modern, medical drugs by artificially growing some or all of the components utilising cell culture technologies. The processes involved are more biological-based as compared to the more chemical-based processes associated with small-molecule pharmaceutical products. The Medical Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical sectors are among the fastest growing in the Life Sciences area both nationally and internationally.

The course is offered in conjunction with NIBRT (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training) with all of the specialist laboratory work in BioProcess Engineering taking place at their state-of-the-art training facilities in Dublin.

The course is offered online with students required to travel to NIBRT for two days practical training per semester for the BioProcess engineering module.

 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

To qualify for entry onto this programme a standard applicant must hold a prior Level 6 qualification in a cognate area (typically Science or Engineering) or equivalent qualification. Applicants who may not have the aforementioned qualifications but who may have relevant industrial experience (typically 5 years duration in a GMP environment) may apply for consideration through the IT Sligo RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process.

RPL
Applicants with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through IT Sligo’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions / credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through www.atu.ie/recognition-of-prior-learning which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at admissions.sligo@atu.ie 

English requirement
Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of English language proficiency. For further information on English language requirements click English Language Requirements

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Certificate in Bioprocess Engineering are ideally positioned to contribute to the Biopharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Diagnostics, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Further Study

This self contained minor award enables learners to exit with a Certificate or progress to complete a full level 7 degree in Biopharmaceutical Science. Graduates from the Certificate Bioprocess Engineering are ideally positioned to contribute to the Biopharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Diagnostics, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical sectors.

This course is unique as it is part of a suite of award winning courses offered by IT Sligo/NIBRT (Taoiseach's Public Service Awards). It is a blend of the latest cutting edge academic modules in biopharmaceuticals, job readiness modules and exposure to a state-of-the-art and award winning industrial biopharma training facility

Did you know?

This course is unique as it is part of the suite of award winning courses offered by ATU Sligo/NIBRT (Taoiseach’s Public Service Awards). It is a blend of the latest innovative academic modules in biopharmaceuticals, job readiness modules and exposure to a state of the art and award winning industrial biopharma training facility.

Biopharmaceutical Science involves study of the discovery, development and processing of modern, medical drugs by artificially growing some or all of the components utilizing cell culture technologies. The processes involved are more biological-based as compared to the more chemical-based processes associated with small-molecule pharmaceutical products. The Medical Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical sectors are among the fastest growing in the Life Sciences area both nationally and internationally. This Certificate has been developed in consultation with the Biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland to ensure the course offers the skill and experience that is required for this growth industry sector in Ireland. The course is offered in conjunction with NIBRT (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training) with all of the laboratory work-taking place at their state-of-the-art facility in Dublin.

According to the NIBRT annual report 2021, “The global sales of biologics exceeded $300 billion in 2021 with 13 of the top 20 medicines being biologics. From an Irish perspective, the biopharma manufacturing sector enjoyed very strong growth. IDA Ireland’s annual results for 2021 showed the highest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) employment level ever (275,384 employees) with the highest employment creation figures ever in a single year despite the continued impact of Covid-19. Underpinning these results was a strong series of announcements in the biopharma manufacturing sector. Access to a diverse talent pool with a broad range of multi-disciplinary skills will be a key determinant of future success. In 2021, the Financial Times working with Cytiva published the inaugural Global Biopharma Resilience Index . Based on data from a survey of 1,165 biopharma executives from 20 countries, access to talent was identified as the primary weakness in the resilience of the global biopharma industry.”

Programme Fees

Academic Year 2024/25 Fees

Total Programme Fee: €4,500

To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage


If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.


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If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage