CPD Biopharmaceuticals (Conversion) Diploma (SPA)   DT758

  • CPD
  • Level 8
  • 1 Year
  • Part-Time
  • Cathal Brugha Street
  • School of Food Science and Environmental Health
  • College of Sciences and Health

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What is CPD Biopharmaceuticals (Conversion) Diploma (SPA)?

Advanced molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, drug discovery and drug development<br>This is a special purpose programme run over one academic year part-time which will provide successful participants with specialist skills specifically related to the needs of the growing Biopharmaceutical sector. It is aimed at individuals who have technical skills in areas such as chemistry/biology or related scientific areas. Certain graduates in areas of the Life Sciences or Engineering may also be suitably qualified to participate. The programme will provide all the basic skills necessary to allow them to gain employment in the growing Biopharmaceuticals sector and allied areas. This programme is led by the School of Food Science and Environmental Health in collaboration with the School of Biological Sciences and, with significant support from the School of Computing. All schools are part of the College of Science and Health, DIT. The programme will provide basic training in modern molecular biotechnology. It will incorporate the development of group work skills, personal reflection and technical laboratory competencies. This programme is a response to the number of higher added value jobs forecast in the biopharmaceutical sector including process and product development as highlighted in the ‘Future skills of the Biopharma-Pharmachem Sector' report published by Forfas in 2010. This programme also responds to the need to embed generic and transferable skills with a particular focus on project management, communications, team-building, innovation and creativity as identified by the “Bio-Pharma / Pharmachem Sector” report. Considering that the bio-pharma and related sectors are expected to be the drivers of export led growth, a key factor for Ireland's economic recovery it is important that we develop integrated programmes such as the Biopharmaceuticals Conversion Course which will allow the continual re-skilling and up-skilling of our workforce.


Students may be required to attend classes at locations across the Institute.

Please note that the catalogue is provided as a guide to modules in DIT. Not all modules listed will necessarily be offered every year and new modules may also be added. Information subject to change. For detail on specific programmes/modules please contact the relevant School directly.