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Free, Industry Focused Science Postgrad Courses Offered at WIT

August 14, 2014

WATERFORD, Ireland, Aug. 14 -- Waterford Institute of Technology issued the following news release:

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is offering two FREE part-time, Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate courses commencing this September which meet the specific needs of people working in the pharmaceutical/ biotechnology, food and medical device sectors.

Dr Mike Kinsella, Project Manager on the "Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills" (WINSS) project, commented, "The Institute developed the 'Advanced Quality Methodologies' (WD580) and 'Data Analysis & Research Methodologies' (WD581) programmes specifically to meet the transferable skills deficit identified by 70% of companies surveyed in the WINSS survey and skills report.

"These programmes have been designed with flexibility in mind for part-time delivery to accommodate participants who are working full time. Each certificate is worth 10 credits and can be taken separately or as part of the overall Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management programme."

The WINSS survey involved more than 54 in-depth interviews with company representatives across the life sciences sector in the South East (i.e. pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical, medical devices, chemicals, food, human and veterinary healthcare).The primary skills gaps highlighted by the survey included transferable skills such as data handling and project management; chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques; thermal analysis; formulation; surface measurements and particle sizing; and to a lesser extent, biomolecular and biomedical techniques. A number of sector specific skills gaps in the pharma/biotech, medical device and food sectors were identified. Survey participants also cited the need for shorter, more intensive training courses which meet specific industry needs rather than longer term courses.

Dr Kinsella continues, "WIT has already run three very successful postgraduate certificate modules as part of the WINSS initiative - Advanced Materials Characterisation; Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques and Advanced Chromatographic Techniques and we envisage that all three of these modules will be offered again in 2015."

The 2.6 million euros WINSS initiative has an overall objective of helping develop and sustain jobs in the life sciences industries and is managed by WIT's Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) and the Department of Chemistry at Bangor University in Wales. Funded under the Ireland Wales 2007-2013 INTERREG IVA programme, WINSS is a four year project, which runs until December 2014.

For more information on these free postgrad courses, visit

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