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  • Duration

    12 Months

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  • Next Intake

    Jan 2021

Course overview

This unique Level 6 Higher Certificate in Process Technologies programme is designed to help you reach your true potential in the medical device, pharmaceutical and food sectors. Graduates will receive an accredited higher-level science and technology qualification that meets the demand for STEM skills required within the industries. This course is uniquely designed to minimise disruption to your schedule with flexible, part-time delivery and blended e-Learning solutions.

This course is delivered by industry professionals ensuring you receive the most up to date and relevant STEM skills to advance your career in operator, technician or supervisory roles in the high growth food, pharma and medical device sectors. This programme is suitable for those looking for a career in the process manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical device or food sectors. Our courses upskill and equip people from diverse backgrounds with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully secure promising career opportunities in these fast-growing sectors.

Innopharma Education in conjunction with Technological University Dublin, developed this new Higher Certificate in Process Technologies to provide highly trained graduates to for the BioPharma, Medical Device and Food & Beverage Sectors.

Accreditation: QQI Level 6 Higher Certificate in Process Technologies.

Awarding body: Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus

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Course Outline

This part-time course runs over four semesters. Lectures take place two evenings per week both in a classroom environment or online if more convenient for those with a busy lifestyle. The practical modules are delivered in our pilot facilities two Saturdays per month. (ECTS: 120 Credits) 

Semester One

Module 1: Fundamentals of Science for Process Operators

Calculation and conversion, functional groups and molecular structures, physical and chemical measurements, routs of drug absorption, mechanisms of metabolism and excretion.

 Module 2: Learning to Learn at 3rd Level

Personal strength and weaknesses, time management, critical thinking, plagiarism, working independently and in a team. 

Module 3: Manufacturing Process Technology

Structure of the food industry in Ireland, steps involved in the manufacturing of commercial food items, operations and processes involved in food production, equipment.

Module 4: Utilities and Facilities Management

The key systems and process which fall under the framework of facility and utility systems; the components and operation of utility system generation and distribution; maintenance, reporting and management processes; the regulatory requirements applying to these systems; the commercial aspects in the management of these systems

Semester Two

Module 5: Process Improvement - Lean Six Sigma

Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, Map Process, data collection, validation and analysis of root cause, CAPA

Module 6: Food Regulatory Affairs

Quality Management System, EU regulatory for industrial and retailer standards in the food industry, QC testing, Food Hygiene Standards, non-conformance.

Module 7: Medical Device Operations

Medical interventions and treatments provided to patients; operation of a medical device manufacturing facility; Good Manufacturing Practices and Quality Systems in Medical Device manufacturing; manufacturing processes and standards used during the processing of medical device products

Module 8: Food Microbiology

Microbiology in the Food industry, microbiological risks in food processing, contamination control system and procedures, hygiene regime, decontamination of work areas.

Semester Three   

Module 9: Applied Mathematics for Process Operators 

Calculation of concentration and dilutions, accuracy and precision, probability, statistical data

Module 10: Quality Assurance and GMP

Regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical manufacturing; documented procedures, Standard Operating Procedures, Batch Manufacturing Records; the role of audits, corrective actions and change control; the role and function of Quality Control and Quality Assurance; the role of the employee in delivering products; Interpretation and use of quality specifications.

Module 11: Occupational Safety and Environmental Safety

Responsibilities and roles under international legal frameworks, safety statements and step in the preparation, types of hazards, waste materials and contaminants.

Module 12: HACCP Quality Systems in Food Manufacturing

Principle of HACCP and GMP in the food industry, audits and regulatory requirements.

Semester 4 

Module 13: Preparation for Work

Personal career development, networking, CV preparation and interview skills.

Module 14: Food Manufacturing and Processing

Structure of the food industry in Ireland, steps involved in the manufacturing of commercial food items, operations and processes involved in food production, equipment.

Module 15: Pharmaceutical Science

Pharmaceutical dosage forms, drug product formulation and their chemical function, unit operations in  pharmaceutical manufacturing processes, prepare granulates, formulate tablets, and analyse final formulations; types of packaging, closure systems and tamper-evident seals and labels used for products

Module 16: Quality Control and GMP

The agencies which regulate healthcare manufacturing; management of regulatory documentation; the principles of validation; the QC testing pathway; QC specifications of ingredients, components and products.









Entry Requirements

Applicants must have obtained a Level 5 Leaving Certificate or Trade Apprenticeship qualification or equivalent. Mature students with relevant industrial experience are also eligible. All applicants must have competency in spoken and written English.

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Career Options

Potential career opportunities following the successful completion of this course are highlighted below:

  • Production Technician / Operator
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Supervisor/Team Leader
  • Process Improvement Lead
  • Quality Assurance / Quality Control
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Health & Safety Officer
  • Training Support

Academic Progression

The options for further study upon successful completion of this course could include progression to the following degree:

  • BSc in Process Technology
  • BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations

Apply Now

Our admissions team are on hand to assist you with your application and answer any questions you may have on the course.

Students who wish to apply to this course should follow the following application process.


Step 1: Enquire through the form at the top right of this page

Step 2: A member of our team will be in contact through phone or email

Step 3: If you are deemed to be eligible for the course, you will be sent an application form by email. You MUST fill in this application form and attach all necessary *documents (CV, ID, Transcripts, etc.)

Step 4: On submission of the completed application form and all documentation, your application will be sent to the associated department for final approval. You will receive an e-mail confirming your place on the programme. (Note: This process can take up to one week particularly during busy admission periods.)

*We accept scanned documents in a pdf format. Pictures of documents are not accepted.

**For those who are applying for Springboard or HCI funding, you will be directed to fill out an additional application form on the Springboard website, this is to confirm your eligibility to receive  funding

Please note at any time if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email on admissions@innopharmalabs.com or call us (01) 485 334


Why up-skill for the STEM process manufacturing sectors in Ireland?

  • Over 130,000 employed within these industries
  • Over 40,000 new jobs predicted 
  • Over €62 billion in exports
  • 9 of top 10 world’s biopharma companies in Ireland
  • 9 of the top 10 worlds medtech companies in Ireland 
  • Over 8,000 new jobs predicted by 2020
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I was able to manage my time and my work and still be able to study 

Goodness Biyela, Packaging Operations Technician at Grifols, BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations Graduate

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