Postgraduate Diploma in Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device Systems


  • The main objective of this Level 9 Special Purpose Award in Biopharma and Medical Device Supports is to provide learners with a scientific background the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in and knowledge of the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and MedDevice industries 

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Postgraduate Diploma in Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device Systems

Aim of Programme

Aim of Programme

The main objective of this programme is to provide learners with a scientific background the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in and knowledge of the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and MedDevice industries.  

 This programme will provide learners with the opportunity to further their skill, or to re-skill and make a positive contribution to the economy by gaining an understanding of the dynamics of the Biopharma/Pharma Medical Device sector.  

 From an industry perspective this will ensure they are skilled in making decisions, solving problems and prepared for the workplace of the future. According to the IDA, the biopharmaceutical industry has invested approximately US$10 billion in new facilities, most of which has come in the last 10 years. Ireland hosts 10 of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies and in 2014 was the 7th largest exporter of medicinal and pharmaceutical products worldwide. Ireland’s biopharmaceutical industry is currently responsible for 45,000 jobs and accounts for 62% of the country’s exports.  

 This programme is designed to meet the current and emerging needs of Ireland’s biopharma, pharma and medical device sectors as they progress towards greater integration of new technology, increased compliance and the ever-changing requirements of agility and innovation to remain competitive in the industry. Employers within these sectors increasingly require employees to have more advanced knowledge, skills and competences to manage the exacting requirements within the professional, highly regulated and internationally competitive sector. 


  • 9
    NFQ Level
  • 30

Programme Content

Programme Content

  • • Process and Equipment Validation
    • Lean Six Sigma
    • Research Methods
    • Analytical Tools for Characterising Biopharmaceuticals
    • Quality by Design and Project Management
    • QA-Compliance Standards and Auditing

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Eligible candidates should have a first or a second-class honours grade or an international equivalent in a Biology or Chemistry-related primary degree (for example Biotechnology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Science, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Physiology, Medicinal Chemistry or an equivalent qualification).  

Graduates who hold equivalent qualifications in related science and technology disciplines or who have relevant industrial experience will be considered for places on a case-by-case basis. 



Induction for the 2022/2023 academic year takes place (online via Zoom) on Saturday 10th September from 930am to 1pm. In advance, you will be required to review Pre Induction reading material, available to you on

During Induction, you will be given the opportunity to:

  • Meet your programme lecturers, programme co-ordinator and students
  • Overview of the programme handbook, programme’s modules, assessments and delivery timetable
  • Introduction to TUS Midlands’s operating systems including MS Office, Zoom, Moodle etc
  • Outline of the learning supports available to you during the programme




One Semester

One Yearthree evenings per week, 6pm to 9pm each evening.

Occasional Saturdays TBD

Programme Fee

This is a HCI Funded Programme.

This programme will be fully funded for eligible unemployed applicants.

Eligible employed applicants and eligible recent graduates (Summer 2021) will be 90% funded.  They will have to pay 10% directly to AIT.  The 10% payable is €858.

For full details of eligibility criteria and to apply go to


Week Commencing Monday 12th September 2022 

Dept of Life and Physcial Science

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