Certificate in Science in Biopharmaceutical Science (Online)

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code N/A
  • Duration 1
  • Credits 30
  • NFQ Level 8

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course Summary

About this programme:

The Certificate in Science in Biopharmaceutical Science (Special Purpose Award – Level 8) has been developed in consultation with the Biopharmaceutical Industry in Ireland to ensure the course offers the skills and experience that is required for this growth sector in Ireland. Thesubjects included in this programme are, Recombinant drug discovery & development, Formulation & Fill Finish, Biocontamination control and Facilities & Utilities. The course also includes a practical laboratory module at the NIBRT Biopharmaceutical Training facility. This course is particularly suited to provide the core skills to transition those with previous experience as operators, technicians or supervisory/managerial grades to similar roles within the (bio)pharma manufacturing sector and also to more specialised roles. The course is structured to include the requisite knowledge, skills and professional competence required to be part of this workforce and has a large practical component associated with it.

This course is unique. It is part of the award winning suite of courses offered by NIBRT/IT Sligo (Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Awards). It is a blend of the latest cutting edge academic modules in Biopharmaceuticals and exposure to a state of the art and award winning industrial biopharma training facility (www.nibrt.ie).

Springboard+ 2020 Approved Course: A limited number of places are available on the Springboard+ 2020 programme.  If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to free fees for this programme under this initiative. If you are in employment, you may be entitled to 90% funding for this programme, under this initiative. You will find this programme available on the Springboard+ website and can submit an application on the Springboard site at www.springboardcourses.ie

Key Course Information

Award Type: Special Purpose Award

Course Co-ordinator: Mary Butler

Number of ECTS or equivalent credits attached to the course: 30 Credits

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2021

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to students who have obtained an ordinary degree (Level 7) or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline (i.e. Engineering or Life Sciences).

Applicants who may not have the aforementioned qualifications but who may have relevant industrial experience may apply for consideration under the RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process in accordance with the policies of IT Sligo in this area.

Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of English language proficiency. For further information on English language requirements click here.

Programme Fees


Per 10 credit module  €1867

Per 5 credit module  €933