BSc in BioPharmaceutical Science (Online)

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Credits 60
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Addon
  • Duration 2 years

Course Summary

Programme Code : SG_SBIOP_J07

Biopharmaceutical Science involves study of the discovery, development and processing of modern, medical drugs by artificially growing some or all of the components utilising cell culture technologies. The processes involved are more biological-based as compared to the more chemical-based processes associated with small-molecule pharmaceutical products. The Medical Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical sectors are among the fastest growing in the Life Sciences area both nationally and internationally.

This programme is jointly offered by IT Sligo and NIBRT (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training).

Here are some testimonies from graduates who have completed this online course.

“I have over 20 years’ experience working in the Bio industry and this course gives me the science qualification to match my years of processing knowledge.”

“I work in production and the course has given me a better understanding of the Pharma industry which has helped me to achieve better results for my organisation.”

About the Programme

This programme in Biopharmaceutical Science aims to provide students with the knowledge, know-how, training and practical experience to enable them to gain employment in the Biopharmaceutical or Biomedical industries. One of the key features of the programme is that it combines cutting-edge skills in Biopharmaceutical Science and Medical Biotechnology with an understanding of the legislative and quality control system framework which underpins the industry. A number of the modules incorporate hands-on, laboratory work at the state-of-the-art, NIBRT facility in Dublin.

The course is offered in a online manner utilising IT Sligo’s online delivery technologies. Students are required to travel to NIBRT for two days practical training per semester for the Cell Culture, Protein Purification and Bioanalytical Techniques Practical (elective) module.

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Key Course Information

Students must choose 2 elective modules (either both Bioanalytical modules or Bioprocess modules) during their 3rd semester. Students are required to complete a total of 60 credits for the full award.

Application Closing Date : 24th September 2021

Entry Requirements

Level 6 of 120 credits on the NFQ (Higher Certificate) in Science or in a cognate area. Applicants with other qualifications and/or with relevant experience will also be considered through IT Sligo’s RPL process.​

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme can expect to find employment in the Biopharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Diagnostics or Pharmaceutical, sectors as well as more broadly in the area of analytical science. In the development of this programme emphasis has been placed on aligning the course content with the skills required by the Pharmaceutical / Biopharmaceutical industry, whilst ensuring that there is sufficient flexibility to allow students to move laterally into associated careers. Graduates are typically employed in Scientific, Operations and Quality Assurance / Control positions in the Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry sectors both in Ireland and abroad. Their work may involve the manufacture of novel medicines from living cells, immunodiagnostics, bioanalytics, process validation and process optimization.

Further Study

The B.Sc. BioPharmaceutical Science Level 7 provides an excellent foundation for the student who wishes to progress to a B.Sc. (Hons) BioPharmaceutical Science Level 8


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