MSc in Biopharmaceutical Processing (Online)

Biopharmaceutical Processing 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. “Over the past decade the Irish biopharma sector has seen $10 billion in capital investment in new facilities which represents close to the largest wave of investment in biopharma manufacturing anywhere in the globe”, according to the NIBRT annual report published Feb 2019. There are significant career opportunities on offer in this sector. 

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

About this programme

It is the overall aim of this postgraduate course to deliver training which is customised to meet the exact needs of the clients in the biopharma sector. This is achieved through completing online modules that have been designed in conjunction with the Biopharma industry with whom NIBRT and IT Sligo are closely aligned. This programme shall address the recognised research and development needs of the Biopharmaceutical industry and has the capacity to develop graduates who will contribute to the Biopharmaceutical industry internationally, nationally and regionally. 

This programme is particularly suited to those in employment in the biopharma industry. 
It is anticipated that the research project conducted as part fulfillment for the award of Master of Science will be an integral part of their normal working role. It is therefore likely that the participants will be either working in R & D or technology transfer roles. This programme constitutes 60 credits thesis on an applied biopharma work based project and 30 credits taught modules.

Students must choose 1 elective module per semester (either the Upstream Processing Lab. module which requires a 2 day block attendance at the NIBRT facility or Bioprocess scale up and tech transfer module during the first semester OR either the Downstream processing lab or Formulation and Delivery module during their 2nd semester). Students are required to complete a total of 30 credits taught modules alongside a 60 credits thesis for the full award.

This programme is funded under the Springboard initiative. If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to free fees for this programme under this initiative. If this programme is funded you will find it and be able to submit an application on the Springboard site at www.springboardcourses.ie

INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SLIGO MASTERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

IT Sligo has established a Masters Scholarship Fund to support students applying for either:  Taught Level 9 courses that have a Major research component (a minimum of 60% of the programme credits), or; Research Masters programmes. The MSc in Biopharmaceutical Processing Programme meets this criterion.

Prospective students may apply for the following forms of support:

  1. The full EU fee value of the programme for two years.
  2. Partial EU fee value relating to the programme for two years
  3. Continuation of such support for a further two years, in the case of Research Masters candidates who have successfully transferred to PhD

How to apply

When you apply for the programme our Admissions teams will send you further information and an Application Form.

Download Scholarship Application Form

Please complete this fully and return it to our Admissions team.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications to the Scholarship Fund is the 15th July 2019.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to make awards:

  • Applications must relate to the categories of programme listed 
  • Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the relevant programme
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they are not in receipt of other grant funding support for their studies
  • Applicants who can demonstrate financial imperatives will be prioritised
  • Applicants should demonstrate: in the case of taught programmes, that the qualification will benefit them personally, academically and professionally
  • Candidates outside the EU must contribute the difference between the award and the full fee liability

Offers

Up to 6 successful applicants will receive Scholarship offers before the start of the academic year. 

The decision of the selection panel is final.​

Application Closing Date : 16th July 2019

DepartmentAward
Life Sciences Taught Masters Degree by Thesis
CREDITS
90
NFQ LEVEL
9
DURATION (YRS)
2-2.5

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to students who have obtained an honours degree (Level 8) or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline (i.e. Engineering or Life Sciences). Other candidates with alternative honours degrees and relevant experience in the BioProcessing industry (typically 5 years duration in a GMP environment) may apply for consideration through the IT Sligo RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process.

Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of English language proficiency. For further information on English language requirements click here.

Career Opportunities

According to Killian O’Driscoll, NIBRT Director of Projects, there was further good news for the Irish biopharma sector throughout 2018 with the announcement of several major investments. These investments saw the continued diversification of advanced biopharma manufacturing capabilities in Ireland including facilities for Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs), cell therapies, iopha-oncology products and the world’s largest single use contract manufacturing capacity.  Investments included:

  • AbbVie Expands Oncology Capability at the Company’s Site in Ballytivnan, Sligo
  • MSD is to develop a new biotechnology facility in Dublin, with the expected creation of up to 350 new jobs
  • Takeda to invest €25m and create up to 70 new roles in a new facility at their Grange Castle site in Dublin
  • WuXi Biologics to Invest €325 million to Build Largest Biomanufacturing Facility Using Single-use Bioreactors in Ireland
  • Phibro Animal Health to establish new biotech facility in Sligo, creating up to 150 jobs
  • BioMarin Expands its Cork Facility to add Drug Product Filling capability
  • MSD to construct a second manufacturing facility at its existing site in Carlow – new investment will create 170 new jobs.

(https://www.nibrt.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NIBRT-Annual-report-2018_final.pdf)

At the BioPharma Ambition conference in February 2018 leading international policy leaders, renowned researchers and senior industry personnel, highlighted how all stakeholders in Ireland must continue to support innovation in discovery, development, manufacturing and healthcare solutions to ensure Ireland builds on its success in establishing a thriving biopharma sector. This programme supports this ambition.

What are my further study opportunities?

Upon successful completion of this programme students may be considered for redirection to a structured Doctorate programmes

What subjects will I study?

Programme Fees

Total Fees €8,500 

Per module €850

Non-EU total fees: €16,500

Springboard Fees

Fee €8500

Free for those classified as unemployed.

Fee for employed participants €850 (10% of fees)

Who do I contact?

tel: 071 9318511
email: admissions@itsligo.ie