University Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing

Retrain or upskill ONLINE for a higher paying job in pharma and medical device manufacturing industry. Our level 4 university certificate, expert lecturers, and dedicated career coaches will retrain you for a career in these rapidly growing industries. Core content developed in consultation with the pharma industry including Pfizer and MSD. Accredited by the University of South Wales.
  • You DON’T need a science or chemistry degree to get a starter job

  • Stable and secure jobs that are free of the ups and downs of the economy
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 22nd June

  • Course Starts: 30th June 2022

  • Study Online 14 hrs/week
  • 5 Modules spread over 11 Months – 9 Months of study + 2 Months off for summer holidays
  • Dedicated course leader who’ll check your progress at the end of every week and follow up with you to help you finish the course
  • Dedicated career coach to help you find a job
Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing
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University Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing

Retrain or upskill ONLINE for a higher paying job in pharma and medical device manufacturing industry. Our level 4 university certificate, expert lecturers, and dedicated career coaches will retrain you for a career in these rapidly growing industries. Core content developed in consultation with the pharma industry including Pfizer and MSD. Accredited by the University of South Wales.

Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing
  • You DON’T need a science or chemistry qualification to get a starter job

  • Stable and secure jobs that are free of the ups and downs of the economy
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 22nd June

  • Course Starts: 30th June 2022

  • Study Online 14 hrs/week
  • 5 Modules spread over 11 Months – 9 Months of study + 2 Months off for summer holidays
  • Dedicated course leader who’ll check your progress at the end of every week and follow up with you to help you finish the course
  • Dedicated career coach to help you find a job

This Certificate is University Accredited by the University of South Wales

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  • One of the Largest Universities in Wales

  • Ranked in top 100 by the Times Higher Education for universities under 50 in 2014 and 2015
  • 23,000 registered students

  • Over 2,700 members of staff

This Course is Right For You If;

  • You’re fed up and want to move jobs to earn a higher salary.
  • You need a unique course that allows you to study around family and caring commitments while maintaining a healthy work-life-study balance.
  • You need complete flexibility on where and when you can study. (NO ZOOM classes and NO WEBINARS)
  • You are not interested in the traditional student experience.

And…

  • It’s delivered Part-Time online so you can learn from home (or anywhere). Study after the kids have gone to bed or catch up with your studies on the weekend.

University Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing

Our students work for the world’s biggest pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies

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Our students work for the world’s biggest pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies

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Accredited by University of South Wales

This Course is Right For You If;

  • You’re fed up and want to move jobs to earn a higher salary.
  • You need a unique course that allows you to study around family and caring commitments while maintaining a healthy work-life-study balance.
  • You need complete flexibility on where and when you can study. (NO ZOOM classes and NO WEBINARS)
  • You are not interested in the traditional student experience.

And…

  • It’s delivered Part-Time online so you can learn from home (or anywhere). Study after the kids have gone to bed or catch up with your studies on the weekend.

University Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing

Minimum Entry Requirements

You need ONE of the following entry requirements:

  • The equivalent of a Level 3 qualification (A-Levels or equivalent) or above
    OR
  • The equivalent of a Level 2 qualification (minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C/Grade 4 or above,) AND a recent relevant industry foundation course.
    OR
  • Have taken our Conversion Course into Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

For non-native English speakers, applicants may need to take a Duolingo, IELTS, TOFEL or equivalent language test for this course. See the FAQ at the bottom of the page for more details.

Process Validation Training Course

What Starter Level Roles Could I Retrain For?

STEP 1: Take our level 4 “University Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing” course to retrain for entry-level roles. Here are some of the most common job titles we see advertised on our pharma jobs board.

Process Technician Generally works in a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. Some companies call this role:

  • Cleanroom Operator
  • Chemical Process Technician
  • BioProcess Technician
  • Process Operator

Manufacturing Technician – Generally works in a medical device manufacturing plant. Some companies call this role

  • Manufacturing Team Member
  • Product Assembler
  • Production Technician
  • Production Operator
  • Manufacturing Operator

Packaging Operators – Works in both pharmaceutical and medical device plants. Some companies call this role: 

  • Packaging Technician

And for those who have worked in a GMP regulated manufacturing environment e.g. pharma, med device, nutritionalbeveragefood or dairy manufacturing.

And for those who have worked in maintenance in another industry sector.

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Study all the Way to a Degree

STEP 2: Then you can take our level 5 University Higher Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing course to move into more senior roles with a higher salary. Typical roles 

  • Validation Technician – you work directly for a pharmaceutical company on ongoing projects. (Some pharma companies might call this role: CQV Specialist, Validation Specialist or C&Q Specialist)
  • Validation Team Member – you work with an engineering consultancy firm on capital projects. (Some engineering consultancies might also call this role: CQV Specialist, Validation Specialist or C&Q Specialist)

(Note that actual job titles will vary – the key distinction is between who’d employ you and what type of projects you’d work on).

And with more work experience

  • Validation Project Manager
  • Process Engineer
  • Cleaning Validation Specialist

Salaries range from £27,0000 – £45,000 plus overtime, bonuses and allowances. (Based on UK job data).

STEP 3: Take 6 more modules to get a  level 6 BSc (Hons) Degree in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing

What you’ll learn – There are five modules in this 11 month course

Module 1 – Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (Weeks 1 -8) 

This module will give you a broad understanding of pharmaceutical products are made, the rules that govern manufacturing and the guidelines on how these rules are applied along with 6 different risk management tools used.

Module 2 – Advanced Writing Skills (Weeks 9 -12)

This module will give you the written communications skills to properly write reports and reference and cite source material in a manner that is consistent with the professional norms of this industry. It will guide you through the assignment writing process and equip you with the written communication skills you need for working in the industry. You will be completing this module as you write your end of module assignment for PH1S082 Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technologies.

Module 3 – Pharmaceutical Facility Design (Weeks 13 – 26)

In this module, you will receive a strong grounding in the modern pharmaceutical science and engineering concepts of the environmental controls (air) and clean utility systems design that underpins an aseptic manufacturing facility and the quality systems used in this highly regulated environment to ensure the manufacture of safe and effective medicines for the public.

Module 4 – Advanced Career Coaching (Weeks 27 -30)

This is the career bit. In this module, you’ll navigate your way, step by step, through the job hunting process. We specifically designed and built this module for the pharma and med device sector. By the end of it, you’ll know which jobs you’d be perfect for, where to find them, and how to make applications to give yourself the best chance at success.

Summer Holidays (Weeks 30 to 37)

Module 5 – Fundamentals of Chemistry for the Pharmaceutical Industry (Week 38 – 47)

The aim of this module is to provide a foundation in the general chemistry necessary to appreciate the fundamental concepts involved in the chemistry of APIs required for the manufacture of medicinal products

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Are there Pharma Factories and Jobs Near Me?

Check out UK’s Largest Pharmaceutical Jobs Board to see the latest job openings in the UK.

Find out what pharma factories are near you – check out this Factory locator for the UK to see what factories are within a commutable distance for you

Check out this list of 250 pharmaceutical and medical device companies

Common Questions About the BioPharma/MedTech Industry

Why Choose a Pharmaceutical Career?
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GetReskilled Success Stories
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Regina McNamara

Previous Background:
Professional Painter

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“I can Study Around Work and Family Commitments”

I’d recommend this course to anyone that wants to work in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing industry and is interested in building a successful career in this area. The online experience is working well for me as I study around work and family commitments.

The companies I applied for were very impressed. I am currently working in Boston Scientific manufacturing Balloon Catheters for Gallstone patients.

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Mehmet Hascan

Previous Background:
Technical Support

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“Material was Delivered in an Engaging, Interesting and Supportive Way”

Having faced a career change in the middle of an economic downturn, I lost some of myself confidence and needed a major boost. The area of Biopharmaceutical operations and validation was of interest to me as it does play an important role in the pharmaceutical industry at present.

I have now been working at Johnson and Johnson Vision Care as a Validation Engineer and I look forward to putting what I have learned into practice.

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Sharon Egan

Previous Background:
Food Manufacturing

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“Structurally Well Planned with the Opportunity for Practical Application”

I found the course to be interesting, structurally well planned with the opportunity for practical application of the course modules through various assignments.

I have worked in the Medical device/Pharmaceutical and Food industries and found the course to be extremely relevant to all industries.

We’ve got lots more success stories like these. Read them, or try GetReskilled and see for yourself.

Price & Start Dates

Application Deadline: Wednesday 22nd June

Course Starts: 30th June 2022

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Delivered by Industry Experts

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Dr. Joe Brady

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Lecturer, Technological University Dublin
Senior Associate, GetReskilled

Dr. Joe Brady is a full-time practicing Validation Lead and an assistant lecturer with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Joe is a certified trainer and highly experienced in competency-based training. He designs and prepares educational modules and full academic programs ranging from MSc, MEngSc. BSc, to Certificate level, for a range of academic institutions.

He is also a supervisor for MSc/MEngSc and Ph.D. theses. Joe has over twenty years of project experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device industries in Ireland, Singapore, China, The Netherlands, France and the USA.

Gerard Creaner President, GetReskilled

Gerard Creaner

Senior Lecturer with GetReskilled

Gerry Creaner has over 30-years of experience in the Life Sciences Manufacturing industry across a range of technical, managerial and business roles. He established a very successful engineering consultancy prior to founding GetReskilled, an online education and learning business, with offices in Singapore, Ireland and Boston (USA), focussed on the manufacture of safe and effective medicines for the public.

He is also a founding Director of two Singapore based philanthropic organizations, the Farmleigh Fellowship and the Singapore-Ireland Fund, both of which deepen the well established and historical Singapore – Ireland relationship and deliver long-term benefits to both countries.

Gerry has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering (UCD, 1980) and an MSc (Management) from Trinity College Dublin (2003) and is currently doing research for his Ph.D.

Dr. Suzanna Kean

Head of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science at USW

Having completed her undergraduate degree and PhD in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide, Suzy has initially applied her skills working for global mining giant Rio Tinto before undertaking post doctoral research in some of the UK’s top chemistry departments (Durham and Bristol).

Suzy Kean has been a lecturer in academia now for over 15 years and has led on the development of the pharmaceutical industry focussed awards at USW. She has extensive experience as a chemical analyst, and specialises in NMR spectroscopy.

Meet Your Online Classroom Support Team

We have a team of in-house experts to provide guidance and support, whenever you need it.

Course Leaders & Coordinators

Your Course Leaders & Coordinators are here to provide you with answers, tips, and are going to check your progress weekly to keep you on track and will reach out to you by email or even by phone if you fall behind!

Career Coaching

Meet Claire who runs GetReskilled’s Advanced Career Coaching Programme – our specially devised job hunting course that helps our trainees take that final step into employment by leading them through the job hunting process.

If you’re spending money on an education course, make sure you choose one you’ll finish!

With every GetReskilled ONLINE course;

  1. You will have a dedicated course leader for the entire duration of the course.
  2. GetReskilled will use (Moodle) platform and USW will use Blackboard where you can log into your classroom anytime. Each week, you’ll watch videos and complete a series of quizzes, tests, interactive activities, and projects. The course materials are available 24/7 and nothing requires you to be online at a specific day or time. i.e there are NO ZOOM classes and NO WEBINARS! Study anywhere, anytime, for example after the kids have gone to bed or on the weekend.
  3. We release only one week’s worth of material at a time and then MANUALLY check your activity logs at the end of every week to make sure that you are keeping up with your work.
  4. Your dedicated course leader will email or telephone you if it looks like you’re starting to fall behind. She will work with you to develop a study plan to get you back on schedule and finish the course.

This helps us to spot any potential issues early and helps you completely finish the course.

How does Studying Online Work?

Your 47-Week Class Schedule

Core technical content developed in consultation with the pharma industry including Pfizer and MSD.

Module 1 – Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technologies (PH1S082)

This module will give you a broad understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, the rules that govern manufacturing and the guidelines on how these rules are applied along with the risk management tools to be used when making decisions that could impact the safety of the medicines being manufactured.

  • 1-1 Finished Medicinal Products
    In this lesson, we learn about medical products and the various ways drug products are administered.
  • 1-2 Introduction to Quality Risk Management (QRM)
    In this lesson, we will develop an understanding of the history and the crucial importance of risk management as well as the basic steps involved in its application.
  • 1-3 Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) – step 4 “Workshop’ exercise
    In this lesson, we learn about the risk management tool ‘Fault Tree Analysis’ and see an example of where and how we can use it.
  • 1-4 Clinical Trials
    In this lesson, we will gain an understanding of the purpose of clinical trials and learn about their four phases.
  • 1-5 Focus on Patient Safety and Product Quality
    In this class, we will develop a deeper understanding of the importance of patient safety and product quality for medicines and medical devices.
  • 1-6 Process Validation
    In this lesson, we will learn about the various definitions of ‘validation’, as well as for ‘commissioning’, ‘qualification’, and ‘verification.
  • 2-1 ISPE Baseline Guide 5 – Commissioning Practices
    In this lesson, we learn about the commissioning and qualification of manufacturing equipment systems in the pharmaceutical industries and about the importance of doing system impact and component impact assessments.
  • 2-2 ISPE Baseline Guide 5 – Qualification Practices
    In this lesson, we look again at system and component impact assessment and specifically describe the qualification practices associated with direct impact systems that directly impact on product quality and patient safety.
  • 2-3 ISPE Baseline Guide 5 – Enhanced Design Review (EDR) / (DQ)
    In this lesson, we learn how to do a documented review of the design of the overall process and facility systems for conformance to operational and regulatory expectations.
  • 2-4 Cause and Effect – step 4 ‘Workshop’ exercise
    In this lesson, we learn about the risk management tool ‘Cause and Effect’ and see an example of where and
    how we can use it.
  • 2-5: ISO 9001:2008
    This lesson is about the key requirements of quality management systems.
  • 2-6: Good Engineering Practices (GEP)
    In this presentation, we will develop an understanding of good engineering practices, and learn about some various organizations that produce them.
  • 2-7: ASTM E 2500 – Standard Guide for Specification, Design and Verification
    In this lesson, we will describe a specification, design, and verification approach for equipment systems associated with the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries.
  • 3-1: GAMP5 – Software Category
    This lesson, looks at the various GAMP categories of software and a ‘v-model’ approach to software projects? It also recommends a method on how to describe a critical computerized system to the regulatory authorities.
  • 3-2: GAMP5 – Scalable Validation Deliverables
    In this lesson, the general content of a computerized validation plan and a summary report is described. Described also is the ‘system implementation lifecycle’ (SILC) and the ‘software development lifecycle’ (SDLC) with associated validation deliverables.
  • 3-3: GAMP5 – Operation Activities
    This lesson describes the typical procedural activities associated with all commercial computerized systems in the operational stage of the lifecycle
  • 3-4: Failure Mode, Effects (and Criticality) Analysis (FMEA / FMEAC) – step 4 ‘Workshop’ exercise
    This presentation shows an example of the main steps in performing a ‘Failure Mode, Effects Analysis’ (FMEA) and describes how this risk management technique summarizes the important modes of (a) failure, (b) factors causing these failures, and (c) the likely effects of these failures.
  • 3-5: GAMP5 – Risk-Based Decision Making
    This lesson explains how to apply risk-based decisions, making over the lifecycle of a computerized system: from the concept phase and through the project phase, into the operational phase and finally to the decommissioning stage.
  • 3-5: Product Quality and Current Good Manufacturing Practices [ cGMP]
    In this lesson, we learn how to scientifically define product quality. This lesson also gives an insight into the high-level principles of current good manufacturing practices (cGMP).
  • 4-1: Chemical Reactions
    In this lesson, we describe chemical reactions and list the substances involved, and explain what the rate-controlling steps are.
  • 4-2: Separation Technologies
    In this lesson, we explain how to purify a dissolved compound from a mixture of substances using ‘liquid-liquid extraction’, ‘phase separations’ and ‘crystallization’.
  • 4-3: Batch Organic Chemical Synthesis
    In this lesson, we describe the typical equipment and process stages of the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) using batch organic chemistry synthesis.
  • 4-4: Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA) – step 4 ‘Workshop’ exercise
    This lesson, explains when and how to do a Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA) study on a project to analyze hazards, and suggests how to document the process and who should conduct the study.
  • 4-5: Multi-Stage Sequence API Synthesis
    In this lesson, we explore the typical sequence of deriving an API product using batch organic chemical synthesis and the types of facilities used
  • 4-6: API Regulatory Guidelines
    In this lesson, we describe the characteristics of a GMP that can be followed to manufacture an API.
  • 4-7: Relationship Between BPC and API
    In this lesson, we describe the similarities and differences between the terms ‘Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients’ (API) and ‘Bulk Pharmaceutical Chemicals’ (BPC), and we mention some typical material controls?
  • 5-1: Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing, Upstream, Fermentation
    This lesson describes a conventional biotechnological process and introduces the following process sequences:

    • Stage-I – Upstream Processing
    • Stage-II – Fermentation / Bio-reaction
    • Stage-III – Downstream Processing
  • 5-2: Cellular Protein Synthesis
    This lesson explains the sequence of how a protein is created at a cellular level in terms of its contents and folded structure, and explains the template information necessary for its assembly process.
  • 5-3: Hazard Operability Analysis (HAZOP) – step 4 ‘Workshop’ exercise
    In this lesson, we will watch a practical application of HAZOP that will identify process risk events that are caused by deviations from a system’s design or operating intentions. It is a systematic brainstorming technique for identifying hazards using so-called “guide-words” (e.g., No, More, Other Than, Part of, etc.) and applying them to relevant parameters (e.g., contamination, temperature) to help identify potential deviations from normal use or design intentions.
  • 5-4: Downstream Processing – Column Chromatography
    This lesson describes the basic principle behind the following column chromatography techniques:

    • Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC).
    • ‘Ionic Exchange Chromatography (IEX).
    • Hydrophobic Interaction Chromatography (HIC).
    • ‘Affinity Chromatography
  • 5-5: Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing: Special Considerations
    This lesson looks at general considerations for a conventional biopharmaceutical process in terms of cell line preservation and viral barrier and viral clearance techniques.