About This Course
(Bio) Pharma Processing
NFQ Award Title
€3000 See Fees and Costs for full details.
A candidate must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours primary degree in a relevant Pharmacy, Science or Engineering discipline (NFQ level 8). See Requirements for full details.
12th September 2022
The Postgraduate Certificate in (Bio)Pharma Processing is designed for graduates who wish to transition into employment in the (bio)Pharma sector. The part time course provides pharmacy, science or engineering graduates, as well as candidates who hold sufficient previous educational/professional experience, with a technical overview of current processing in Pharmaceutical and Biopharma sectors. The programme design provides participants with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the processes involved in drug substance and drug product manufacture. It is delivered part-time by a combination of online distance learning supported by classroom workshops, practicals and site visits. Practical and training sessions are delivered in the advanced laboratory-scale processing facilities in the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork and the Cork Education and Training Board facilities in Carrigaline. Career coaching and job readiness skills are provided via the ‘Transitioning into the Workplace and Placement’ module that is optionally available for recent graduates, those interested in career changes or re-engaging with recruitment processes.
A typical workload for each module is as follows; Students will be expected to attend classroom workshops (UCC), practicals and site visits (approx. 30 hrs), undertake self-directed study in advance of classroom/practical sessions (approx. 30 hrs), continuous assessment assignments and/or prepare for end of semester exam (40 hours). Students are only required to attend classes at the university 1 day per week during each 12 week semester (Sept- Dec and Jan – April). For the 2019/2020 programme the classroom/practical/site visits are scheduled for Fridays 9.30a.m - 5pm.
Students will complete 30 credits as follows:
- PF6603 Introduction to the Principle of Formulation and Dosage Form Design (5 credits)
- PF6605 Microbiology and Sterile (Bio) Pharmaceutical Processes (5 credits)
- PF6607 Pharmaceutical Process Design and Verification (5 Credits)
- PF6609 GXP – Regulatory and Best Practice Standards in the (Bio)Pharmaceutical Industry (5 credits)
- PF6610 BioPharmaceutical Technology and Processes (10 credits)
Optional Module: PF6615 Transitioning into the Workplace and Placement (5 credits)
This optional module will be offered to students (subject to approval of the programme director) looking to transition into the workplace as follows (i.e. those classified as jobseekers or returners). PF6615 is assessed on a pass/fail basis and is not counted toward the final award. The result obtained in PF6615 will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
Assessment methods vary across the programme modules. All modules are assessed using continuous assessment (eg. practicals reports, site visit reports, written assignments, and group projects), with the P6605 and PF6610 modules also containing formal end of semester examinations (1.5 hours). The optional PF6615 ‘Transitioning into the workplace and placement’ module is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. PF6615 is not required for progression and is not counted toward the final Certificate award. The result obtained in PF6615 will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
Why Choose This Course
The part-time programme provides participants with technical expertise for career progression in both the Biopharma-Pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors.
Key programme aspects include:
- Hands-on practical experience of unit operations at lab scale facilities in the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork and the Cork Education and Training Board facilities in Carrigaline.
- Practical application of the theory relating to pharmaceutical processing both Biopharma, Pharmchem and Drug Product.
- Delivery online and in-classrooms allowing flexible contact hours; On-site teaching at UCC Fridays only semester 1 and 2.
- Career coaching and job readiness workshops.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Suitable students will be provided with an optional 5 credit module PF6615 focused on transitioning to the workplace which, where possible, will include a placement in a local company.
A candidate must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours primary degree in a relevant Pharmacy, Science or Engineering discipline (NFQ level 8).
In exceptional cases applicants not meeting the above criteria will be considered for entry based on an interview and successfully demonstrating that they hold an equivalent professional qualification, or significant industrial experience relevant to the course.
All applicants whose first language is not English are expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no individual section lower than 6.5.
Fees and Costs
€3,000 for full programme
€700 per standalone 5 credit module
For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.
How Do I Apply
During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:
- Application Statement
- Birth Cert or Passport
- Passport Photograph
- Curriculum Vitae
- English Language Test Report [if applicable]
- Transcripts [if applicable]