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Courses commencing in September 2020 and January 2021 will be updated in June 2020.

Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Processing

NFQ Level:  8
Credits: 25
Award Type: Minor Award
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: TBC
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Course Description

The biopharmaceutical sector of the pharmaceutical industry has become an important producer of complex compounds/molecules known as 'biologics' used in the targeted treatment of important diseases. Ireland's pharmaceutical sector is now an important global centre for biopharmaceutics, attracting world leaders and major investment. Nine of the world’s top ten pharmaceutical companies have substantial operations in Ireland. The sector employs in excess of c.30,000 directly and as many more indirectly. It is attracting capital investment of the order of €1b per year currently. The manufacture of biopharmaceutical products requires teams of skilled scientists and engineers and there is already an established shortage of graduates with biopharmaceutics experience to meet the growing demand.

This Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Processing is a blended programme, designed to provide the required training to graduates of laboratory science with majors in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology or related disciplines. It will allow such graduates to supplement their core skills to meet the requirements of the biopharmaceutical sector. Students will develop state of the art high value skills and competencies in Up and Downstream Bioprocessing, Cell Culture, GMP, Standards & Validation. Graduates with this minor award will be well positioned to apply for roles with biopharmaceutical processing companies, in particular, there is a significant unmet need for bioprocess scientists in the marketplace.

The majority of the biopharmaceutical processing programme is delivered online, students will also have the use of IT Tralee's biological and pharmaceutical science laboratories and the pharmaceutical cell culture suite of Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, which is an Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway. Students will also receive on-site training in the state of the art bio-processing plant and equipment at the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT) facility.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a NFQ level 7 or level 8 award in laboratory chemicals or life sciences. The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies.


This programme will be delivered in a blended format part-time from January 2020 to December 2020. Students will be required to attend a number of workshops at IT Tralee throughout the duration of the programme.


Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the criteria under the Springboard+ initiative. Fee paying applicants: €5,170, however, for employed applicants the HEA will pay 90% of the programme fee, the remaining 10% will be collected before registration.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the programme students will have gained 25 credits at NFQ level 8 which may contribute to the achievement of other academic awards.


  • Principles of Bioprocessing
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • GMP, Standards & Validation
  • Upstream Bioprocessing Processing
  • Downstream Bioprocessing Processing

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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