UCC CPD courses

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology PF6205


Fact File

  • Title

    Pharmaceutical Biotechnology PF6205

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    To Be Confirmed

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €2000. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Now closed for applications.

  • Venue

    Exact rooms to be confirmed within the College of Medicine and Health.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    8th February, 2019.


On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Explain the basics of molecular biology and its application to pharmaceutical biotechnology.
  • Review the techniques for processing and purification of biopharmaceuticals.

Module Objective: To study the basic science and the applications of biotechnology derived pharmaceuticals, with special emphasis on their production, formulation delivery and clinical use.

Module Content: Introduction of pharmaceutical biotechnology: Fundamental molecular biology, Genetic basis of disease, Protein structure, stability and analysis, Biochemistry of protein processing, Blotting techniques and immunoassays, Polymerase chain reaction technology, Genomics, proteomics and additional biotechnology-related techniques, Industrial Biochemistry, Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics, Gene therapy and gene delivery. Vaccines, traditional and DNA vaccines. 
Processing and control of Biopharmaceuticals: Sources of Biopharmaceuticals, Stability and purity of biotech products; Analytical techniques and QC testing for biotech products; Production and downstream processing of biotech products. Formulation and delivery of biotech products - peptide and protein drugs. Registration of biotech product and Biosimilars.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 35hr(s) Directed Study (Distance learning); 2 x 1hr(s) Lectures (Guest Speaker); 1 x 2hr(s) Workshops.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof Caitriona O'Driscoll, School of Pharmacy.


The module incorporates printed module workbooks, teleconferences, web-based seminars and online assessments.  The module runs for approximately four weeks.  The average amount of directed study that you are advised to undertake per module is about 10-15 hours per week.  The module consists of continuous assessment elements and a written exam.  The written exam takes place in April.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (written assignments and in-term tests).


All candidates must be approved by the programme committee within the School of Pharmacy. Applicants may be short listed for interview.
A candidate must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours primary degree in a relevant science discipline (NFQ level 8) which has been approved by the programme committee (e.g. pharmacy, chemistry or the biological sciences);

Candidates must be currently employed in a relevant pharmaceutical sector (ideally greater than two years experience) and for the duration of the programme;

Consideration may be given to other applicants with suitable equivalent professional qualifications and significant industrial experience (greater than 5 years relevant experience in the industry).

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for 2018-19 is €2000.  There is also a €35 application fee to be paid on submitting your application.

How Do I Apply

Please apply by completing the following application form: CPD Application Form 2018-19

Forward this form along with a birth certificate, the application fee, a passport sized photograph and any other documentation requested on the form to the:  

CPD Co-ordinator,

CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie