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  • Location

    Dublin

    Cork

    Limerick

  • Duration

    12 months

  • Level

    Degree / Higher Diploma

Course overview

This Higher Diploma is specifically designed to enable those, with a qualification in science or engineering, to successfully transition into technical or professional roles within the Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device sectors and to upskill those working in the sector to fill existing and emerging skills needs of the industry.  

This programme combines a blend of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing modules with a range of business and industry directed modules. Designed and delivered by highly experienced academic and industry professionals, you will gain advanced skills and knowledge that companies are looking for. Our professional development team will help you all the way. We'll help you to tailor your CV towards an area that you are interested in getting a job in and use our industry contacts to help you get your foot in the door.

With our unique part-time online delivery, learners receive minimum disruption to their schedule. Learners can log on live or catch up through recorded sessions when suits.

Accreditation: QQI Level 8 Higher Diploma in Bio-pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing. 

Awarding body: Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus


 

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Course Outline

Lectures are delivered 2 evenings per week Online and 2 Saturdays per month on campus. Labs are held in one of our pilot facilities with times and dates subject to scheduling. (ECTS: 70 Credits) 

Course Modules Include: 

 

Aseptic Processing and Utilities 

Provides the student with the skills and knowledge required for an Aseptic Manufacturing Environment.

Regulatory Affairs and GMP 

In-depth study of the Regulatory and GMP requirements of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Medical Device Operations

Medical Device, Design and Development, Regulations, Technologies, Packaging and Sterilization.

Biopharmaceutical Processes 

Equipment and processes of biopharmaceutical manufacture, including upstream/downstream processing.

Pharmaceutical Process Chemistry 

In-depth study of API production, focusing on scale-up, process optimization and unit operation.

PAT and Process Validation Statistics

Requirements for validation of GMP equipment and facilities with hands-on experience of SPC and PAT.

QRM Principles in Pharma and Medical Device
Evaluate and implement QRM strategies, ensuring compliance within these regulatory.

Lean Operations and Deviation Investigation Methods
Includes Lean and Six Sigma, CAPA, effective report writing and preparation for regulatory inspections.

Finished Dose Formulation and Manufacturing

In-depth understanding and hands-on experience of drug formulation, manufacturing and packaging.

Communication Skills and Work Preparation
Communication, leadership and career development skills for success in the life science sector.


 

 

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Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those with higher level qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 in science, engineering or relevant discipline.

QQI Levels Explained

 

Career Options

With the continued growth of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry in Ireland, this course is suitable for those who wish to upskill to gain either

A technical position within the Pharma/Medical Device Industries in roles such as QC, QA, Project Management, Engineering, Managerial, etc. or 

Supplement their existing core skills to pursue a similar role within the Pharma/Medical Device Industries in areas such as Finance, HR, IT etc.

Potential Roles Include:

  • Product and Process Developer
  • Production Technician/ Operator
  • Maintenance Support
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Process Technicians
  • Support Services
  • Project Engineer

 

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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. They should have obtained a Level 7 degree in Science, Engineering or a related discipline.

First of all, you will need to complete and submit an enquiry form, located at the top of this page. This is to register interest with us in the chosen course. Once submitted a member of the team will be in contact with you via phone call or email to discuss the course in more detail, assess your eligibility and assist you with anything you need to progress further.

Subject to eligibility, the next step is too to fill out and submit the application form which will require you to submit the following documentation

  • A copy of your CV
  • Copy of a Government-issued ID (passport or driver’s licence)
  • Transcript of your previous highest qualification.

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

Following the submission of your application form, a member of our team will be in contact with you.

Please note through the application process if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email on admissions@innopharmalabs.com or call us (01) 485 3346

 

Why up-skill for the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland?

  • €3 billion in new capital investment
  • €39 billion in exports
  • Over 55,000 employed
  • 9 of top 10 world’s biopharma companies in Ireland
  • 12 of the top-selling drugs made in Ireland
  • Over 8,000 new jobs predicted by 2020
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Testimonials

Testimonials

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As I already had a manufacturing background, I felt like it was necessary to have a course which could help me upskill my knowledge related to the pharma industry. Not only would I recommend, but I have already recommended Innopharma to a lot of people. 

Zsolt Egerszegi, Manufacturing at Mylan

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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.


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