Cleanroom Manufacturing Practices

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Good Manufacturing Practice

  • Type of Course:

    Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    15th September 2022

Course Summary

A nationally accredited education programme designed to meet the education and training needs of people in the areas of Production, Quality Assurance and Validation in the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, and Food industries. In this Special Purpose Award, the key topics addressed include identifying and measuring sources of cleanroom contamination, materials compatibility in controlling contamination, selection and use of cleaning agents, the classification of cleanrooms according to ISO14644-1, cleanroom design and construction, cleanroom garbing and behaviour, cleanroom monitoring and validation.

Admission Requirements:

Applications are welcome from persons over 23 years of age by 1 January of year of entry.


Applicants under the age of 23 must have obtained Leaving Certificate Grade O6/H7 (pre. 2018, D3 Ordinary Level) in five subjects to include Mathematics and English. Alternative Maths does not qualify applicants on this basis.


Other examinations/qualifications taken such as GCE/GCSE, trade/craft exams are considered.


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 2021-2022 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 
Course fee must be paid before attending lectures.
€900 (€450 per 5 credit module x 2 modules)


This industrially relevant course in Cleanroom Manufacturing Practices is a Level 6 accredited programme (10 credits) that is designed for existing employees to upskill and build on their professional experience and introduce potential new recruits in the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Food industries.


This one-year capacity-building programme is delivered one evening per week over two semesters. It is focused on equipping the learner with fundamental knowledge and skills to work within highly regulated cleanroom environments.


The course comprises of two modules:


Contamination Control

Key topics addressed include: understanding the importance of contamination control; sources of contamination within the manufacturing environment; contamination control strategies; cleaning validation; detection and identification of contaminants; effective sterilisation methods.


The module content will be delivered online via live conferences on Monday evenings with on site laboratory element (6 lab practical workshops) delivered over three weeks.


Cleanroom Management

The focus of this module is to gain an understanding of cleanroom classification and standards (e.g. ISO14644); cleanroom design and construction; cleanroom garbing and behaviour; control, monitoring and validation of cleanrooms. A workshop in Cork ETB BioPharma Training Centre in Carrigaline, Co. provided for learners.


The theory for this module will be delivered online if currently required to for social distancing or otherwise it will be delivered on site in MTU Cork Bishopstown Campus. Laboratories will be delivered on site to engage the students with current practices in cleanrooms.


Integral elements of this course are the strong laboratory focus in microbiological, sterilization and detection methods, environmental monitoring, gowning practices as well as completion of industrial documentation and communicate experimental results in accordance with current technical report methodology used in industry.


Indicative Content

Click on the 'modules' above for detailed information.


Further Studies

Students completing this Special Purpose Awards together with the Special Purpose Award in Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations may have the opportunity to proceed via Advanced Entry to the BSc in GMP and Technology 



Special Purposed Award - Certificate in Cleanroom Manufacturing Practices (Level 6, 10 ECTs, on the National Framework of Qualifictions).


For detailed module information, please click below


Semester 1:  September 2022 to January 2023 
(Monday evenings – online lectures + labs on site in MTU)

1st lecture Monday 19th September @ 6pm

Semester 2: January 2023 to June 2023



  • Online applications are open for this course. 
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €450 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • The running of this programme will be dependent on a sufficient number of students enrolling on the course. The programme may be withdrawn if this requirement is not fulfilled and the acceptance fee will be reimbursed.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.


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Elaine McCarthy
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