Certificate in Science in Bioprocessing Technologies (Online)

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Credits 30*
  • Course Code SG_SBIOT_E08
  • Award Certificate
  • Duration 1 year

Course Summary

Programme Code: SG_SBIOT_E08

Delivery: Online & Laboratory work onsite in NIBRT

About this programme:

This Certificate in Science in BioProcessing Technologies has been strategically developed in consultation with the Biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland to meet an identified need, whereby this course offers learners the opportunity to gain new and emerging skills and experience required to support growth of this industry sector in Ireland. This Special-Purpose-Award has been co-developed by ATU Sligo and the National Institute for Biopharmaceutical Research and Training (NIBRT), directly informed by industry to provide a National Biopharma Training Programme that will provide jobseekers with highly sought after skill sets that include Biocontamination Control, Formulation Fill Finish, Recombinant Drug Discovery and Development, Facilities and Utilities, in addition to lab-based and pilot-plant based Upstream and Downstream practicals.

The course offered in conjunction with NIBRT has all laboratory work-taking place at their state-of-the-art facility in Dublin, providing unique opportunities for learners to gain first-hand expertise, where each student is required to travel to NIBRT for three days hands-on training as an integral part of the practical 10-credit-module. The course is offered in an online manner utilising ATU Sligo’s online delivery technologies.

The Certificate in Science in Biopharmaceutical Technologies (Special Purpose Award – Level 8) has been developed in consultation with the Biopharmaceutical Industry in Ireland to ensure the course offers the skills and experience that is required for this growth sector in Ireland. The subjects included in this programme are, Recombinant drug discovery & development, Formulation & Fill Finish, Biocontamination control and Facilities & Utilities.

This course is particularly suited to provide the core skills to transition those with previous experience as operators, technicians or supervisory/managerial grades to similar roles within the (bio)pharma manufacturing sector and also to more specialised roles. The course is structured to include the requisite knowledge, skills and professional competence required to be part of this workforce and has a large practical component associated with it.

This course is unique. It is part of the award winning suite of courses offered by NIBRT/ATU Sligo (Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Awards). It is a blend of the latest cutting edge academic modules in Biopharmaceuticals and exposure to a state of the art and award winning industrial biopharma training facility (www.nibrt.ie). 

Key Course Information

Course Attendance:

The course is offered in conjunction with NIBRT  with all laboratory work-taking place at their state-of-the-art facility in Dublin, providing unique opportunities for learners to gain first-hand expertise, where each student is required to travel to NIBRT for three days hands-on training as an integral part of the practical 10-credit-module. The course is offered in an online manner utilising ATU Sligo’s online delivery technologies.

Please note: This programme is jointly offered by ATU 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: Mary Butler

email: butler.mary@itsligo.ie

Online and Part time Admissions

tel: 071 9318511
email: admissions@itsligo.ie
 

Award: 
Certificate in Science in Certificate in Science in BioProcessing Technologies - Level 8- 30 credits.

Award Type: Special Purpose Award
 

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2022

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to students who have obtained an ordinary degree (Level 7) or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline (i.e. Engineering or Life Sciences).

Applicants who may not have the aforementioned qualifications but who may have relevant industrial experience may apply for consideration under the RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process in accordance with the policies of ATU Sligo in this area.

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

Career Opportunities

This course is particularly suited to those seeking core skills to enable transition from careers as experienced operators, technicians or supervisory/managerial grades to similar roles within the Biopharma Manufacturing Sector, structured to include required requisite knowledge/skills/professional competencies. As a self-contained minor-award this enables learners to exit with a Certificate or progress to complete a full Level 8 Honours Degree in Biopharmaceutical Science, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of critical aspects of Biopharmaceutical Processing and Support Services, with specific focus on the product lifecycle of Biological Products and associated processes. 

This award is aligned to and directly addresses the skills requirements of the Bio-Pharma/Pharmachem sector identified in the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs report on the Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland. This report highlights the important contribution to the Irish economy in terms of employment and manufacturing exports from the biopharma sector. The ability to efficiently manufacture highly complex advanced therapeutics in a cost-effective manner will be a key determinant of Irish biopharma’s future success. The ongoing provision of appropriately trained individuals is pivotal to this.
 

Further Study

As a self-contained minor-award this enables learners to exit with a Certificate or progress to complete a full Level 8 Honours Degree in Biopharmaceutical Science, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of critical aspects of Biopharmaceutical Processing and Support Services, with specific focus on the product lifecycle of Biological Products and associated processes. 

Did you know?

According to the NIBRT Annual report for 2021, Global sales of biopharmaceuticals are now over $300 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 12% and with approximately 60% of therapeutics in development being biopharmaceuticals.
In preparing for this Springboard+ call, NIBRT has consulted extensively with BioPharmachem Ireland (BPCI), IDA, Industry clients and Higher Education Institutes to determine the best model to meet the current/future skills needs for this sector.

Programme Fees

Fees

 

Total Programme Fees:

€5,600

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.