The aim of the programme is to provide technically competent scientific personnel to work in the manufacturing, regulatory or compliance sections of biopharmachem / medtech facilities throughout the region. The mix of academic content, peer networking and industrial experience is a feature of the programme. The one-year programme is delivered in an evening part-time mode with notes provided in advance of classes via Moodle to facilitate participant access to module material.
The special purpose level 6 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology is delivered 2 evenings per week, Monday and Wednesday 16:15-19:15; plus 4 Saturday's in Semester 1 for laboratory practicals for Chemistry and Biology (arrangements agreed with the group and Lecturer). Semester 2, delivery 2 evenings per week as S1 but no Saturday laboratory practicals.
The programme is composed of the following modules:
Good Manufacturing Practice
In Good manufacturing practice the student will learn how to interpret guidelines for validation, quality systems and will be able to assist with inspections of the manufacturing environment which will ensure that pharmaceutical products are safe,
effective, pure and free of contamination.
Fundamentals of Biology
The Fundamentals of Biology module will introduce the student to biology, biochemistry and microbiology, focusing on biological terminology and microbiological techniques. It will also introduce the student to the concepts of environmental
biology and pollution, and their impact on industrial operations.
Fundamental Chemistry is for non-chemistry specialists, and deals with basic concepts and techniques of chemistry. Laboratory exercises illustrate and emphasise important concepts encountered in the theory, and are of particular
relevance to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector.
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science includes classification of pharmaceutical products, types of formulations, the manufacturing process and the role of the operator in this core value-added activity within a pharmaceutical organisation.
Contamination Control/Cleanroom Management
Contamination Control/Cleanroom Management covers aspects of Cleanroom design, installation and maintenance. Students will be able to work in a Grade A/B Cleanroom and learn the importance of cleaning, routine operation and monitoring to maintain the integrity of the area to produce Parenteral products.
The aim of the work-based project (WBP) is for the student to complete a project, based on site,that is undertaken with an external organisation where the student is employed.
Work Placement is designed to allow Jobseeker / Homemaker learners to apply and develop their knowledge and skills in a pharmaceutical company or related environment, working to accredited quality standards, thus enhancing their
professional development. The placement will be supervised by a WIT lecturer and a company supervisor.
Job Readiness the purpose of this module will be to facilitate participants to enhance their employability within a framework for career development planning.
Candidates with a Leaving cert and/or major award in Engineering or Science at level 5 or 6 may apply. All applicants will be subject to interview.
Where candidates do not currrently meet the formal academic entry requirements they may be able to advance their application using the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism. RPL allows candidates to make a case that they do meet entry requirements through a combination of formal certified learning and learning through (work) experience.
Applicants for whom english is not their first language will, in all cases, be required to submit certification that they meet WIT’s English Language Competency Requirements - please see www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements
The Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma industry in Ireland report published in 2016 highlighted a demand for training in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). The Biopharma industry is highly regulated with stringent clean and safe operational requirements. All staff must have knowledge of contamination, sterile processing, and cleanroom operations.
Graduates will be eligible to progress to the WIT Higher Certificate in Science in GMP & Technology.