DT757 CPD Diploma In Fundamental Cell & Molecular Biology


DIT, Kevin Street, Dublin 8

Start date:

September 2011


The CPD diploma in Fundamental Cell and Molecular Biology has been specifically designed to facilitate the up-skilling or re-skilling of individuals who have a limited background in biological sciences to develop the required skill set in cell and molecular biology for employment as technicians or scientific personnel in the fields of Biological Sciences, Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries key areas of skill needs identified in the Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device sectors as highlighted in the recent report published by Forfas, ‘Guidance for Higher Education Providers on current and future skill needs of enterprise’.

This programme will focus on fundamental biology, the human body and disease, microbiology and society and cell and molecular biology which will provide individuals with a theoretical and practical foundation in cell and molecular biology and the necessary skill set required for a potential career change to the fields of biotechnology and/or bimolecular sciences key areas of relevance for the Ireland’s life sciences industries. The technical expertise of the students will be complemented by the development of generic and transferable skill set with a particular focus on project management, communications, team-building, innovation and creativity.

Course Duration:

1 Year

Career opportunities:

It is anticipated that students graduating from the CPD programme in Fundamental Cell and Molecular Biology will have a specific skill set of particular relevant to the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industry sectors key areas identified in the recent reports for future skill needs by these sectors.
This programme has been designed to facilitate the upskilling and reskilling of individuals who have become employed from one sector in order to enhance their opportunities for employment as ‘laboratory technicians’ or ‘scientific technicians’ which have been identified as current skill shortages for science occupations by the EGFSN National Skills Bulletin 2010. The laboratory practical elements which form the cornerstone of this programme will provide graduates with the applied technical skillset to meet these needs.
The inclusion of generic and transferable skills modules with a particular focus on project management, communications, team-building, innovation and creativity will be both of personal and professional benefit to the students and will provide them with the competencies and confidence to work more autonomously and also as part of a team as required.

Successful completion of this programme will provide students with the opportunity for transfer to other programmes within the School, in particular to progress to second year DT259 with exemptions from the molecular biology, microbiology and professional studies modules taken.


Further study in a related field

Entry requirements:

It is expected that these individuals will already hold a NFQ award at Level 5 or a FETAC award at NFQ Level 6 or equivalent preferably in the areas of biology/ chemistry / biosciences. Having a basic background even if somewhat limited in the areas of biology /biosciences will allow more competent progression of students through the modules.
The learner cohort may have work experience or previous employment in the areas of biology /chemistry/ biosciences but have subsequently become employed. This experience will be considered in the assessment of individuals for entry onto the programme.

Contact Details for Further Information:

Ide Cussen

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