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Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology Full-time (Higher Certificate)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Good Manufacturing Practice

  • Type of Course:

    Higher Certificate

  • Type of Qualification:

    Higher Certificate

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

18 months

Admission Requirements:

Individuals under the age of 23 must have obtained at least 5 passes at Ordinary Grade D3 in the Leaving Certificate Examinations to include English and Mathematics. Alternative Mathematics does not qualify applicants on this basis.

Applications are welcome from mature students over 23 years of age by 1st January of year of entry. Leaving Certificate is desirable but not essential. Relevant work experience; skills gained through experiential learning; and other qualifications, will be considered when assessing applications.

Further studies

Cork Institute of Technology is now offering a part-time add-on degree in BSc in Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology. Graduates holding the Higher Certificate in Science in GMP and Technology, or equivalent, are eligible to apply.


Process, Energy and Transport Engineering

Graduate Profiles

Sean McLaughlin

“Previously involved in construction, this course opened new doors for me.

With the knowledge and skills I developed at CIT I have grown in confidence and since graduating with the Higher Certificate in Science in GMP I have secured employment in Abbvie Pharmaceuticals.”


Claire Willis

“Upon successful completion of the course I began working in the Regulatory Affairs department for Abbott Pharmaceuticals on a nine month contract assisting on a project involving an established pharmaceutical drug.

This was a fantastic opportunity to put into practice what I had learned on the course and it was a steep learning curve and helped me gain a valuable insight and understanding of the industry from within.” 



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What is Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology?

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) ensures that medicinal products, medical devices and foods are consistently produced and controlled to the quality standards appropriate to their intended use.

about the course

This is a 18-month accelerated technician course, which emphasises GMP targeting the Food, Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Devices manufacturing sectors. The principal aim of this course is to provide a nationally accredited educational programme for people keen to work in production, quality assurance or validation roles within leading Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Food,and Medical Devices manufacturing companies.

The course incorporates lectures and laboratory practicals, with site visits included in each semester’s delivery. Modules are assessed by continuous assessment and end of semester exams. 

work placement

The placement incorporated into this programme will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained on his/her programme. The industrial placement is supported by an academic staff member together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the placement is to introduce the learner to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop in the learner an understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology. The placement affords the student an opportunity to apply his/her learning from the course in a practical situation.


Applicants who have appropriate experience and knowledge of the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Food,or Medical Devices industries may be considered exempt from examination of some upon providing evidence via CIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme.

Indicative Course Content & Duration

Note: The Department of Process, Energy and Transport programmes is currently undergoing programmatic review and the below listing is subject to be changed. Should you have any queries, please email  

September 2017 – January 2018

cGMP1 and Quality Assurance
Essential Maths
Chemical Principles
Biomolecules and Cells
Information Technology
Creativity, Innovation and Teamwork

February 2018 – June 2018

Microbes, Enzymes and Energy
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Measurement Science
Health and Safety/Environmental Management

Group 1: Electives (Choose 1)
Quality in Food Manufacturing  
cGMP and Quality Control

Group 2: Electives (Choose 1)
Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology
Free Choice Module

June 2018 – September 2018

Work Placement

September 2018 – January 2019

Contamination Control
Cleanroom Management
Lean Manufacturing
Calibration Science
Organic and Inorganic Chemistry

Group 3: Electives (Choose 1)
Manufacturing Technology
Food Processing Technology

Fees & Grants

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frequently asked questions

I have some previous experience with the Food or Pharmaceutical industry, can I apply for an exemption from some modules?
Applicants who have appropriate experience and knowledge of the Food or Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical or Medical Devices industries may be considered exempt from examination of some modules upon providing evidence via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme, see

Will I be able for the academic requirements of the course?
CIT offers a wide range of supports for students to enable them to be successful in their studies.

Does this course have a high mature student intake?
The course mainly attracts mature students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Should I have studied science in secondary school before taking this programme?
No, while it is helpful, you can take the programme and be successful without having studied science to Leaving Certificate. Do expect to have coursework to complete after lectures in the evenings.

Are graduates of this programme successful in finding jobs?
78% of graduates over the last 3 years found employment in the Food, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology or Medical Device industries after graduation.

Note: The Department of Process, Energy and Transport programmes are currently undergoing programmatic review and the below listing is subject to be changed. Should you have any queries, please email

Details of modules are available here

On completion of the course, graduates will be capable of:

  • Applying safe practices within industry
  • Assisting audits of plant facilities and manufacturing operations in accordance with appropriate GMP guidelines
  • Establishing methodological systems of record keeping, file management (printed and electronic form), in keeping with GMP guidelines
  • Writing and using Standard Operating Procedures
  • Applying scientific and regulatory knowledge, obtained during the course, to their work activities
  • Carrying out technical measurements appropriate to their working environment
  • Carrying out appropriate quality control procedures 
  • Understanding validation, contamination control and cleanroom principles
  • Understanding key unit operations in the Food, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Devices industries.


  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €307 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • All applicants are interviewed before acceptance to the programme.
  • Please attach and upload your CV and any other documents such as transcripts that are relevant to your application.


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