Biopharmaceutical Processing

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    9th September 2022

Course Summary

A Special Purpose Award designed to meet the education and training needs of scientists and engineers, to equip them with the knowledge and skills to operate effectively in the biopharmaceutical industry.

Admission Requirements:

Candidates are required to have a Higher Certificate in Engineering or Science (Level 6).



Process, Energy and Transport Engineering

All part-time programmes at MTU 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 2022-2023 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. For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students


Course Fee

€1,650 (2022 academic cost)


Duration & Delivery

The programme is delivered in one year, a module per semester, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, one evening per week (Tuesdays).  Each module comprises of weekly online lectures.  It is intended that the practicals will be delivered at MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork (Chem Eng labs) over two weeks.  Practicals will also be delivered by National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT), Dublin.



This Certificate (Special Purpose Award) allows students to attain a knowledge and an understanding of the principles of Biopharmaceutical Processing and its underpinning science. The course predominately covers both cell culture and purification of biopharmaceuticals covering all unit operations, good manufacturing practices, validation and process analytical technology. The Certificate comprises of two modules namely, Biopharmaceutical Upstream and Downstream whereby the students gain significant theoretical knowledge through lectures and site visits. This Certificate upskills professionals from small to large molecule processing. It has an excellent reputation as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) enabler.






To commence September 

To commence January 

Click on the above links to get detailed module information. The links also have information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.



Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Process (10 ECTS) (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications).


Note: All part-time courses at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
















MTU’s Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Processing has been endorsed by Engineers Ireland as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) enabler. This Certificate upskills engineers, scientists and other professionals from small to large molecule processing and has proven very popular with industry since its inception ten years ago, with class sizes approximately 15-20.


It is the first MTU programme to be endorsed by Engineers Ireland as satisfying requirements for chartered engineers to fulfil their annual CPD obligations. Delivered by the Department of Process, Energy & Transport Engineering over one academic year, 220 professionals have, so far, been awarded the qualification.


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  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay the acceptance fee of €550 online if a place on a course is offered. 
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay the course fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.


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