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Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology Part-time (BSc)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Good Manufacturing Practice

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    7th September 2018

Admission Requirements:

Candidates are required to have a Higher Certificate or higher in an Engineering or Science Discipline.  It is required that all qualifying candidates have completed modules in basic chemistry and biology, and have a knowledge of GMP, to undertake the complete programme.

Advanced Entry to the BSc in GMP & Technology

The entry requirements for the BSc in GMP and Technology at Cork Institute of Technology are the Higher Certificate in Science in GMP & Technology or equivalent.

A combination of the following three requirements will be accepted by the Institute as the equivalent of the Higher Certificate in Science in GMP & Technology for advanced entry to the BSc in GMP & Technology

  1. Leaving Certificate: 5 subjects at Grade D at ordinary level. The five subjects must include English or Irish, and Mathematics.
  2. 5 years or more relevant work experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device or food industry. To prove the relevance of their application the candidate will need to show that they are familiar with the topics covered in the following modules of the Higher Certificate:
    a. MANU6011 
    b. STAT6008    
    c. MANU6013 
    d. BIOM6003  
    e. MGMT6021  
    f. INFO6017       
    g. BIOM6004 
    h. MATH6000  
    Calibration Science
    Lean Manufacturing
    Manufacturing Technology
    Cleanroom Management
    Information Technology
    Contamination Control
    Essential Maths Skills

    Details of these modules can be found on the CIT website:
  3. The following modules of the Higher Cert in Science in GMP and Technology or the  Special Purpose Award in the Certificate in the Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations  or their equivalent:
    CHEM6002 Chemical Principles
    BIOT6003  Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology

These modules will be offered at night this academic year (Sept 2018 to June 2019) in CIT Bishopstown Campus. 

Note: The running of individual modules will be dependent on a sufficient number of students enrolling on the course. The module may be withdrawn if this requirement is not fulfilled.

Course summary

A nationally accredited degree designed to meet the education and training needs of supervisors and higher technicians in the areas of Production, Quality Assurance and Validation in the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Chemical and Medical Device Industries. The programme comprises of 11 modules and a Project. To complete the programme, each student must take the 7 mandatory modules and 3 elective modules, as well as the project. A maximum of one free choice elective may be chosen. The project is undertaken towards the end of the degree programme, when the student has successfully completed seven of the modules. The programme can be taken over 2 years or spread out over 3 or more years. There is a considerable element of continuous assessment. Laboratory experiments are included in appropriate modules.


Process, Energy and Transport Engineering

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2018-2019 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

To download course brochure, please click here

Course Fee: €500 per 5 credit module


Applicants who have appropriate experience and knowledge of the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Food Industries may be considered exempt from examination of some modules upon providing evidence via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme of the Institute.

Indicative Content
  • Validation Science
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Chemical Applications
  • Technology Transfer
  • Maintenance, Utilities and Facilities
  • Biopharmaceutical Upstream
  • People Management
  • Process Improvement
  • Biopharmaceutical Downstream
  • Energy Management
  • Project
  • Formulation
  • Food Processing Technology
  • Introduction to Biomedical Devices
  • Biomedical Manufacture

Note: The running of individual modules will be dependent on a sufficient number of students enrolling on the course.


On successful completion of the full programme of study: Bachelor of Science in Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost, and how is the course delivered?
€500 per 5 credit module. Part-time, one module per night 6.30pm - 9.30pm. There is a considerable element of continuous assessment. Laboratory experiments are included in appro-priate modules.

On completion of this course, what are the career opportunities?
Examples of career roles include: Quality Assurance Specialist; Process Technician; Environmental Chemist; Validation Engineer; Manufacturing Support; Commissioning Qualification Specialist; and Quality Technician.

Graduate Profiles

“The practical aspect of the course concentrated on techniques that could be directly applied to industrial laboratories and pharmaceutical activities. The course allowed everyone to bring their own experiences and this combined with the detailed and informative lectures enabled the group to enhance their technical knowledge. The experience and knowledge I gained as a result of completing this course has allowed my career in QA to take a different direction and I am now the QA technical expert for the engineering department, and am involved in commissioning, validation, process improvement and problem solving.”
Audrey Kelleher


“I am one of many students to benefit personally from attending CIT. I was made redundant in 2009 with a maintenance background. This course allowed me the opportunity to up-skill and gain the knowledge and qualifications necessary to secure employment in the pharmaceutical sector. I am now employed as a Maintenance Technician at Janssen Biologics, Cork, and I feel that this assistance and support I received and the specifically designed courses greatly enhanced my re-employment prospects.”
Stephen O'Shea


"Having worked as a Health and Safety Professional in the pharmaceutical industry for over 19 years, Good Manufacturing Practices and Re-Validation were commonly seen as an obstacle to changing work practices to improve Health and Safety. This course through its broad subject range has greatly improved my knowledge of GMP, Technology Transfer, Validation Practices, Process Technology and Lean Six Sigma and has given me the ability to ensure that I also consider Quality Risk as part of my Health and Safety risk reduction methods in the workplace."
Toni O'Sullivan

"I am an employee of Boston Scientific Cork. For the first 8 years, I worked as a product builder, involved in routine production and also taking part in continuous improvement projects.  I am a current student of the BSc in GMP & Technology and recently I have been promoted to the role of Labelling Technician.  The practical skills I gained while working on the production line, backed by academic knowledge, have given me the confidence to pursue a career within the medical device industry." 
Geraldine Simms              


For detailed module information, please click here.

Note: The running of individual modules will be dependent on a sufficient number of students enrolling on the course. The module may be withdrawn if this requirement is not fulfilled.



Course Content

To commence September 2018 (One module per night from 6.30pm - 9.30pm)

  • Technology Transfer (Mandatory)

  • Chemical Applications (Mandatory)

  • Biopharmaceutical Upstream (Elective)

  • Free Choice Elective (Elective)


To commence January 2019 (One module per night from 6.30pm - 9.30pm)

  • Maintenance and Utilities (Mandatory)

  • Biopharmaceutical Downstream (Elective)

  • Biomedical Device (Elective)

  • Project (Mandatory)*

* Project can be undertaken once seven taught modules have been successfully completed. 


Examples of career roles include:

  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Process Technician
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Validation Engineer
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Commissioning Qualification Specialist
  • Quality Technician
  • Online application is open for course commencing in 12 September 2018.
  • Note: The running of individual modules will be dependent on a sufficient number of students enrolling on the course. The module may be withdrawn if this requirement is not fulfilled.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.


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