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Postgraduate Diploma in Bioanalytical Chemistry

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Course Outline

The PGDip in Bioanalytical Chemistry will provide you with knowledge of bioanalytical chemistry as applied in the biopharmaceutical industry. It aims to deliver a broad scope of industry relevant bioanalytical topics that will give you valuable insight and raise your awareness of the importance, implementation and impact of bioanalytical chemistry.  Proactive collaboration with industry in the design and delivery of the curriculum is an innovative approach that will enhance the student learning experience. Towards these ends the blended course will consist of (i) lectures (both online and classroom) (ii) laboratory work on set experiments (combination of virtual and laboratory practice) (iii) industry workshops/seminars/guest lectures (iv) a series of interactive virtual games based on industry case studies and (v) a short bioanalytical research/development project. 

 

Further Detail:

 

The PG Diploma in Bioanalytical Chemistry is a level 9 qualification that will provide you with knowledge of bioanalytical chemistry as applied in the biopharmaceutical industry. It is a full time programme that will be run over the course of 2 semesters and will be delivered as a blended course consisting of 10 modules. These modules aim to deliver a broad scope of industry relevant bioanalytical topics that will give you valuable insight and raise your awareness of the importance, implementation and impact of bioanalytical chemistry. Modules will deliver a more in-depth appreciation of the latest trends of bioanalytical techniques and state of the art analytical technologies being implemented by the biopharmaceutical industry. Training in a wide range of methods of bioanalytical chemistry analysis and chemometric skills, literature searching, troubleshooting and presentation skills will be provided. A key aspect of the programme is the partnering with several industries that provide valuable insight, skills and knowledge that bridge the gap between academic teaching and industry practice. Proactive collaboration with industry in the design and delivery of the curriculum is an innovative approach that will enhance the student learning experience.

 

Towards these ends the course will consist of:

(i) Online lectures
(ii) Virtual Laboratory work
(iii) Laboratory work on set experiments
(iv) Industry workshops
(v) A desk-based research review project

You will complete 60 credits as follows:
• Introduction to Bioanalytical Chemistry (5 credits)
• Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry (5 credits)
• Industry Led Workshops/Seminars in Bioanalytical Chemistry (5 credits)
• Instrumental Techniques for Bioanalytical Chemistry (5 credits)
• Process Analytical Technology in BioPharma (5 credits)
• Introduction to Quality and Regulatory Affairs for BioPharma (5 credits)
• Troubleshooting Bioanalytical Chemistry Case Studies (5 credits)
• Virtual Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratories (5 credits)
• Practice of Bioanalytical Chemistry (10 credits)
• Bioanalytical Project (10 credits)

 

Programme Objectives:

Over the duration of this programme you will learn how to:
• Identify, formulate, analyse and solve problems in the analysis of biological compounds
• Outline fundamental and applied aspects of bioanalytical chemistry
• Design and carry out a method of biopharmaceutical analysis, including instrumental analysis
• Communicate effectively with the biopharmaceutical community on bioanalytical chemistry
• Troubleshoot and problem solve challenges in the field of bioanalytical chemistry
• Prepare a written research report and disseminate the results by way of presentation

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Given the current public health advice related to physical distancing, this programme will likely be delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and face-to-face teaching where possible. 

Course Practicalities

Timetable information is currently being finalised - see teaching mode information above.

Why Choose This Course

Students will be ready to work in the Biopharmaceutical industry on completion of this PGDip in Bioanalytical Chemistry. They will have a broader awareness of bioanalytical technologies and techniques and be better prepared to fulfil new and emerging roles in Quality Assurance and Quality Control within the Biopharmaceutical industry.
The PG Dip in Bioanalytical Chemistry gives students a broad foundation of Bioanalytical techniques and assays and their application in the Biopharmaceutical industry. The Biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector is very strong in Ireland with an investment of $10 billion in developing new facilities over the past 10 years. As a sector it is seeing a strong demand for new skills to be developed as this investment leads to new jobs and roles within the industry.

The industry advisory board from the taught postgraduate programmes in Analytical Chemistry has been very proactive to partner the Biopharmaceutical sector with the School of Chemistry and consult on the design and implementation of the curriculum for this new PG Dip programme.

The content delivered in the Bioanalytical programme is very relevant to the skills in the Biopharmaceutical sector and students on completion of the programme will have improved opportunities for employment. The new modes of teaching, industry relevant content and innovative methods of delivery, including the use of virtual reality technology (labs and virtual gaming) have significant input from key industry partners (in particular the industry relevant case studies and workshops). This PG Dip will also provide students with opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills and enhance their student experience through a blended course delivery and direct contact with Biopharmaceutical industry representatives.

Skills and Careers Information

The Postgraduate Diploma in Bioanalytical Chemistry has been designed to enable graduates to meet priority skills needs for the biopharmaceutical sector. It links strongly to Regional development and NDP/Project Ireland 2040 objectives, responding to the needs of the biopharmaceutical industry to provide more skilled personnel.

You will gain hands-on experience with industry partners through industry workshops that have been incorporated into the programme.

Requirements

Applicants must have a primary honours degree, BSc (NFQ, Level 8) with merit or distinction in Science, Process Engineering or Chemical Engineering.

A quota will be allocated to applicants who do not meet these entry requirements. These applicants will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning and assessed on the following factors:
• Academic achievement
• Prior Work Experience
• Letter of Reference
• Personal Statement

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency: See requirements here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/.

Fees and Costs

As part of the Human Capital Initiative (HCI), for 2020, the HEA will be subsidising spaces on this programme.

 

Standard EU Fees: €7,000

Subsidised Fees - 90%: €700 paybable by applicant following acceptance of a programme offer

Subsidised Fees - 100% available for those currently unemployed or returning to work

 

NonEU Fees: TBC

How Do I Apply

Apply online at Springboard Application System

Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the documentation below available at the time of application. Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.

For mainstream applications, you will need:
* Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications
* Personal / Motivation Statement - In 300 words or less, please state:
1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork
2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.
* Current CV
* Copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers

For applications considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you will need:
* Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications
* Current CV
* References where applicable
* Personal / Motivation Statement - In 500 words or less, please state:
1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork
2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.
* Copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers

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