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Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations

  • 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:

    29th August 2018

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 at least 5 passes at Ordinary Grade D3 in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination to include English and Mathematics. Alternative Maths does not qualify applicants on this basis. Other examinations/qualifications taken such as GCE/GCSE, trade/craft exams are considered.



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. This Special Purpose Award is to introduce the participants to basic concepts of chemistry such as structures, bonding and their relationship to chemical properties. The industrial biotechnology content includes environmental biotechnology, biopharmaceutical engineering, bioreactor design and bioprocess design considerations.


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.

Module Fee

€450 per 5 credit module, total cost of Special Purpose Award certificate is €900 (2 modules).


The course is designed for existing employees or potential new recruits in the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices, and Food industries who would like an accredited qualification and includes:

Certificate in Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations:

  1. Chemical Principles (semester 1) and
  2. Introduction to Industrial Biotech (semester 2).
Indicative Content

See modules for more details.

Duration & Delivery

Chemical Principles module is delivered on Tuesday evenings from  6pm - 10pm in semester 1. Lectures start Tuesday 18th September 2018. There will be four additional Monday evenings during the semester.

Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology module will be delivered on Tuesday evenings in semester 2.

Course Options

Credits and Certificates are awarded for each subject passed, allowing participants to select accredited modules appropriate to skill need and/or gather credits towards the award of Higher Certificate.

Further Studies

Students completing this Special Purpose Awards may have the opportunity to proceed via Advanced Entry to the BSc in GMP and Technology


For detailed module information, please click below

Semester 1   September 2018 to January 2019

Semester 2   January 2019 to June 2019

This course is funded by Springboard + funding and you may be eligible to enrol on this course free of charge. Limited spaces please apply as soon as possible.


Springboard Applicants

  • To find out if you are eligible for springboard funding, click here
  • For individuals who are eligible for springboard funding, click here to apply for this course



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Elaine McCarthy
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