All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.
Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.
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Course Fee: €500 per 5 credit module
Applicants who have appropriate experience and knowledge of the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Food Industries may be considered exempt from examination of some modules upon providing evidence via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme of the Institute.
Maintenance, Utilities and Facilities
Food Processing Technology
Introduction to Biomedical Devices
Note: The running of individual modules will be dependent on a sufficient number of students enrolling on the course.
On successful completion of the full programme of study: Bachelor of Science in Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications).
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost, and how is the course delivered?
€500 per 5 credit module. Part-time, one module per night 6.30pm - 9.30pm. There is a considerable element of continuous assessment. Laboratory experiments are included in appropriate modules.
On completion of this course, what are the career opportunities?
Examples of career roles include: Quality Assurance Specialist; Process Technician; Environmental Chemist; Validation Engineer; Manufacturing Support; Commissioning Qualification Specialist; and Quality Technician.
What if I have not completed basic chemistry and biology modules (Level 6)?
CIT offers a Special Purpose Award in the Certificate in Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations. The Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations consists of two modules: Chemical Principles (Semester 1) and Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology (Semester 2). Delivery of this course is subject to numbers.
What if I do not have a maths module (Level 6) completed?
CIT offers a mathematics module (Level 6) in both semesters by evening which can be completed.
MATH6012 is delivered in Semester 1 (Tuesday 6pm - 8pm) and
MATH6051 (Thursday 6pm - 8pm ). Note: the schedule of these maths module may change. Information regarding these mathematics module will be confirmed on the website in September.
What technical documents are required for the direct entry route?
Certificates to prove completion of qualifications (National Framework of Qualifications).
How are the technical documents submitted?
Uploaded as part of the online application
What technical documents must be included in the portfolio for the advanced entry route?
Certificates to prove completion of qualifications (National Framework of Qualifications), training certificates of courses completed, letters of recommendation from supervisors which outline role descriptions, Curriculum Vitae (CV). Documents that support and outline the professional experience which meet the admission requirements. Note that these documents will be verified.
How is the technical portfolio submitted?
Uploaded as part of the online application.
What support exists for preparing the technical portfolio for the Advance entry route?
The Recognition of Prior Learning Office assists the students in the preparation of the portfolio. Information on the RPL office and booking of appointments are all on the this website link
||“The practical aspect of the course concentrated on techniques that could be directly applied to industrial laboratories and pharmaceutical activities. The course allowed everyone to bring their own experiences and this combined with the detailed and informative lectures enabled the group to enhance their technical knowledge. The experience and knowledge I gained as a result of completing this course has allowed my career in QA to take a different direction and I am now the QA technical expert for the engineering department, and am involved in commissioning, validation, process improvement and problem solving.”
“I am one of many students to benefit personally from attending CIT. I was made redundant in 2009 with a maintenance background. This course allowed me the opportunity to up-skill and gain the knowledge and qualifications necessary to secure employment in the pharmaceutical sector. I am now employed as a Maintenance Technician at Janssen Biologics, Cork, and I feel that this assistance and support I received and the specifically designed courses greatly enhanced my re-employment prospects.”
||"Having worked as a Health and Safety Professional in the pharmaceutical industry for over 19 years, Good Manufacturing Practices and Re-Validation were commonly seen as an obstacle to changing work practices to improve Health and Safety. This course through its broad subject range has greatly improved my knowledge of GMP, Technology Transfer, Validation Practices, Process Technology and Lean Six Sigma and has given me the ability to ensure that I also consider Quality Risk as part of my Health and Safety risk reduction methods in the workplace."
"I am an employee of Boston Scientific Cork. For the first 8 years, I worked as a product builder, involved in routine production and also taking part in continuous improvement projects. I am a current student of the BSc in GMP & Technology and recently I have been promoted to the role of Labelling Technician. The practical skills I gained while working on the production line, backed by academic knowledge, have given me the confidence to pursue a career within the medical device industry."