Postgraduate Diploma (Applied Microbiology)

College of Science

Course overview

This course gives Microbiology graduates a thorough training in a range of practical analytical techniques and ancillary skills necessary for careers in manufacturing and service industries. It particularly applies to the healthcare, food, biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors. Different discipline resources within the University are used to create a modular course that covers such diverse but essential disciplines as Analytical Microbiological Techniques, Introduction to Business, and Statistics.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold an honours primary degree (NQAI Level 8 degree, or equivalent international qualification) in science or a related subject, with an appropriate background in biological sciences that includes Microbiology up to and including third year level. Candidates with three years’ relevant and appropriate practical experience will also be considered. IELTS score of 6.5+ (with not less than 5.5 in any one component).

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 60 ECTS

Average intake: 10

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The Microbiology aspect of the course concentrates on identifying the industrial requirements in the Microbiology sector and provides training to meet these. Short, intensive courses advance participants’ training in Quality Management Standards (GMP, GLP, HACCP), Documentation Control, Processes Validation, Microbiology Skills, Environmental Monitoring, Cleanroom Technology, Parenterals Products, QA & QC, Industrial Bioprocesses, Cell Culture, Immunological Methodology, and DNA Methodology. In association with these, is a laboratory-based Quality Management System, a laboratory-based research project, reading assignments, tutorials and preparation of reports. The microbiological components of the course are complemented with short intensive courses in general vocational skills, such as business appreciation and management methods, accounting, marketing, effective communication and statistics.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Selection of candidates is based on examination records, relevant past experience, personal statement in the application and performance at interview. Short-listed candidates are invited for interview in July.

Requirements and assessment

Semester One exams: December.
Semester Two exams: April/May. A range of assessment methods are integrated and applied throughout the programme. These include project reports, continuous assessment of practical course work, research project work and oral presentations.

Find out more

Dr. Cyril Carroll | Dr. Gerard Fleming
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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,690 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €6,466 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Graduate profile

Aerona Moloney

Graduate (2010 class), now working with Complete Laboratory Solutions, Galway

"I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in working in industry as a microbiologist. It covers everything from business to quality management to applied microbiology skills and prepares you for working in industry, which my degree didn't cover. The one-to-one-support from the course coordinators is the best I have ever received, and it continued long past completion of the course."

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