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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:

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. 2017, 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.

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 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

An Information session will take place on Wednesday 4th September 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Course Fee

€1,000 (€500 per 5 credit module x 2 modules)

The programme is delivered in one year, one module over 13 weeks in semester 1, and one module over 13 weeks in semester 2. Tuesday evenings 6.00pm – 10.00pm.


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.

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


Special Purposed Award - Certificate in Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations (Level 6, 10 ECTs, on the National Framework of Qualifictions)



For detailed module information, please click below

Semester 1   September 2019 to January 2020

Semester 2   January 2020 to June 2020

Online application will open shortly for course commencing in September 2019.










Elaine MCarthy / Tammy Browne
021 4335150