Certificate in Bioprocess Engineering (Online)

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Credits 30*
  • 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.

Key Course Information

Course Attendance:
Lectures will be delivered online. Students are required to travel to NIBRT for two days specialist laboratory work in BioProcess Engineering taking place at their state-of-the-art training facilities in Dublin.

Please note: This programme is jointly offered by IT Sligo and NIBRT (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training).

Whether you are studying part-time online, blended or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.  

Most online courses typically involve 3 x 5 credit modules per semester which leads to an average 15 – 18 study hours per week. Our online courses have about 3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments. 

Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle. Please note, you may be required to take some time off work for the below:  
•    Exams Christmas Exams: 2 – 4 days in January each year. Summer Exams: 2 – 4 days in May each year.  
•    Workshops/Practical Classes Approximately 2 - 4 days per year depending on the course you are studying. You will receive notification of the dates from your lecturer for each specific subject requirement. 

Contact Details: 

Course Co-ordinator IT Sligo: Mary Butler
Email: butler.mary@itsligo.ie 

Online and Part time Admissions
tel: 071 9318511
email: admissions@itsligo.ie

Course Co-ordinator NIBRT: Melissa Hoare
Email: melissa.hoare@nibrt.ie
 

Award: 
Certificate in Science in Bioprocess Engineering – Level 7.
 

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2022

Entry Requirements

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.myexperience.ie which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at admissions@itsligo.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 - Institute of Technology Sligo (itsligo.ie)

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 IT 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

Fees

 

Total Programme Fees:

€4,500

5 credit module

€750

To Note: 

This programme has been submitted for Springboard funding for the academic year 2022/2023.  We will know the outcome of this submission in May/June 2022.  In the meantime you can register your interest with us on the link: here

 

Further information on Springboard funding can be found at www.springboardcourses.ie