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Online Masters in Biopharmaceutical Science

This industry-led online Masters in Biopharmaceutical Science has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the principal scientific and engineering challenges in the manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products, thereby making you highly employable within the Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Biotechnology Industries

The MSc was developed by NIBRT and IT Sligo, in extensive collaboration with Industry, to identify and address the current and future needs of the biopharma sector and apply these to the programme.

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Online Study with elective practical placements

The MSc is delivered online, on a part-time basis with elective practical placements in NIBRT, Dublin, Ireland.  Upon completion you will have achieved an internationally recognised qualification which is highly relevant to the biopharma industry.

Programme Details

Award Duration ECTS Credit EU Students
MSc 30 months part-time 90 credits €12,000
Post Graduate Diploma 24 months part-time 60 credits €10,000
Certificate 12 months part-time 30 credits €6,000

Course Contents

The MSc programme consists of eight core industry-directed modules (40 credits), up to four elective modules (20 modules) and a research project (30 credits).

Time commitment:

The MSc consists of a 24 month part-time Post Graduate Diploma with an additional 6 months for a research project.

Exit awards are available at Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate level.

Start dates:

Annually in September.


Online with elective practical placements in the NIBRT facility.


Online Examinations, projects, assignments, practical assessments and on-line viva voce


IT Sligo has authority from QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) to grant educational awards at Masters level. These awards from part of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) system and are part of the Bologna Agreement and are recognised worldwide


Core Modules: online (5ECTS)

  • Fermentation and Cell Culture Processing
  • Legislation / Regulatory Affairs
  • Protein Purification Processing
  • Bio contamination Control
  • Biopharmaceutical Analytical Techniques
  • Lean Sigma for Biopharma
  • Biovalidation
  • Research Methods

Elective Modules

Cell Culture Processing Lab. 5 Practical*
Protein Purification Processing Lab. 5 Practical*
Biopharmaceutical Analytical Techniques Lab. 5 Practical*
Bioprocess Scale-up and Technology Transfer 5 Online
Formulation and Delivery Systems 5 Online
Upstream Bioprocess Engineering 10 Online**
Downstream Bioprocess Engineering 10 Online**
Biopharma Drug Discovery and Development 5 Online
Project Management for Biopharma 5 Online
Facility Design and Operations 5 Online
Utilities for Biopharma 5 Online

*Accredited practical placements are delivered in NIBRT’s award winning training facility. It is highly recommended that students select these practical modules.

** Bioprocess engineering online modules are delivered in partnership with Villanova University, USA.
Elective modules will be confirmed based on minimum numbers.

Entry Requirements

This programme is open to graduates with an honours degree (Level 8 NFQ) in an appropriate Science or Engineering discipline. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree but who have significant relevant work industrial experience will also be considered.

International Applications

International applicants are expected to have the educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. If English is not your native language, proof of your proficiency in English will be required, unless you took your primary degree through English in an English speaking country.