Why was this course developed?
The Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques was developed based on an analysis of the importance of the pharmaceutical and related industries in Ireland and within the South-East region and also using information generated from the Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills (WINSS) Scientific Survey from a large number of pharmaceutical/biotechnology, medical device and food companies. One of the outputs from this survey indicated that 45% of the companies surveyed require training in HPLC techniques while 37% require GC training. Recognising this demand, the Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques was devised to provide advanced level training and address this skills deficit.
This programme will provide the student with an advanced understanding of the theory, practices and instrumentation associated with advances in separation science, as well as interfacing of hyphenated techniques involving mass-spectrometry, such as LC-MS and GC-MS. The learner will be exposed to state-of-the-art developments in associated instrumentation, as well as issues to deal with the separation of samples in complex matrices. The necessary background will be given to allow the learner to select an appropriate separation technique for a given analysis. The learner will be exposed to the application of advanced separation techniques in a wide range of environments focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on applications in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.
What are the learning outcomes?
On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:
Explain the principles, practices and instrumentation associated with advanced chromatography, as well as interfacing of hyphenated techniques involving mass-spectrometry such as LC-MS and GC-MS.
Select an appropriate separation technique for a given analysis in a range of industrial environments.
Resolve sample preparation issues concerned with GC, HPLC, ion chromatography and reverse-phase bioseparations.
Resolve method development issues concerned with GC, HPLC, ion chromatography and reverse-phase bioseparations.
Competently operate, calibrate and qualify associated laboratory instrumentation for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sample analyses.
Critically appraise separation science literature and identify future trends in this area.
How is this course delivered?
- The Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques programme is taught using a block approach on a part-time basis to facilitate students in full-time employment.
- Since this course is also offered as one module of the two year MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management programme, the Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques is only offered once every two years. The course will next run in September 2019, subject to sufficient student numbers.
- Over the duration of the programme, students will be required to attend WIT for approximately 7 – 8 days from September to December.
- This programme will be delivered through a blend of lectures, tutorial sessions and laboratory practicals, as well as independent study. Students will be required to attend WIT for four days of lectures, in addition to three to four days of laboratory practicals. Some of the lecture material is delivered in an e-learning capacity to facilitate distance learning.
- Continuous assessment will be carried out throughout the course of the programme.
The Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques programme is aimed at those already working in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and food industries. This programme is also suitable for students intending to/already undertaking postgraduate research study.
Advanced Chromatographic Techniques Entry Reqiurements
- Applicants for entry to this Certificate course should hold a bachelor’s degree at honours level minimum 2.2 (Level 8) in an appropriate subject area or equivalent qualification.
- In addition, in order to fully appreciate the industrial impact of the content of this programme, it has been deemed necessary to have a minimum of two years relevant industrial experience.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.
How to Apply
Applications for this programme are made online by going to www.pac.ie
This course places a strong emphasis on the professional development of the graduate and is aimed at students already working in an industrial environment. Such a qualification will enable and facilitate career progression for graduates in the region.
Further study opportunities
This programme can be taken as a stand-alone Certificate worth 10 credits at level 9, or if the student wishes, they can use these credits towards the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science with Quality Management (WD 519) or the 90 credit MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management (WD 520).
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