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.
|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|
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).
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.
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
- Research Methods
|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.
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 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.