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Biopharmaceutical Science (Special Purpose Award Certificate, Level 8)


Ireland is currently experiencing a rapid growth in the Biopharmaceutical sector, with a number of large Biopharmaceutical companies established nationally and a number of new companies locating to the Mid-West. In addition, existing companies are developing and expanding their operations in this sector. The production of Biopharmaceuticals is a high skills-based enterprise. These companies will require a continuous supply of scientists with skills in the manufacture of Biological products and in Bioprocessing.

29.09.2015 Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Moylish Campus. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

LIT in collaboration with The National Institute of Bioprocessing, Research and Training (NIBRT) will provide an integrated programme of study with hands-on practical training in key areas to allow for employment in this dynamic sector. This proposed programme aims to equip science graduates with specialist skills to complement their existing science qualification, thereby enabling them to function in specialist roles in the Biopharmaceutical sector.

Students will gain scientific knowledge and skills pertinent to Cell Culture, Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Biopharmaceutical Science and also an appreciation of Quality and Regulatory Affairs.

Entry Requirements

Level 7 or level 8 in a Biological or Chemical Science discipline.


  • Bioseparations (5 credits)
  • Biotechnology (5 credits)
  • Quality & Regulatory Affairs (5 credits)
  • Cell Culture & Biocontamination Control (5 credits)
  • Bioprocessing Placement (10 credits)


The programme will be assessed through continuous assessment and examinations.


Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Science (Special Purpose Award, Level 8, 30 Credits).


This programme is offered through the Springboard initiative, therefore no fees will apply for successful applicants.  Applicants must apply for this programme at


LIT Moylish. All students on this programme will participate in 1 day a week practical placement in NIBRT which has been specifically designed to provide hands-on practical experience of biopharmaceutical production in an industrial context including Bioreactor design and operation, upstream, downstream and fill finish equipment and processes.





This programme is part supported by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

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