MSc in Industrial Pharmaceutical Science (Online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 90
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Masters (Taught)
  • Duration 2

Course Summary

Course Background

The Master of Science in Industrial Pharmaceutical Science has been developed by the School of Science at the Atlantic Technological University, Sligo Campus. The award is an MSc of atu Sligo. The course comprises 6 modules, providing teaching in 22 major subject areas and an MSc Research Project. For suitably qualified and candidates who wish to pursue Qualified Person Status, the course fulfils the educational requirements required by European Directive 2001/83/EC and 2001/82/EC. The course is delivered by distance learning, with certain block attendance. The modular structure and credit system will facilitate studying for the degree while working.

The programme will consist of 6 core modules. Typically the duration of the programme will be part-time over 2 years for the 6 modules. A research project is carried out in 2nd year. However, students may also complete the programme over a longer period to offer flexibility for those in full time employment. 

Typically, two modules will be studied each year from September to January and one module from January to June with the research project running from January to August in the 2nd year. The project provides each student with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the taught modules.

Exams will run in January and May in ATU Sligo and an exam centre in Dublin and repeat exams in August of each year in ATU Sligo

Modules may be taken individually or on a standalone basis

Key Course Information

Award: Level 9

Duration: 2 years

Delivery: Online

Whether you are studying part-time online, blended or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies. 

Most online courses typically involve 3 x 5 credit modules per semester which leads to an average 15 – 18 study hours per week. Our online courses have about 3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments. 

Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle. 

Application Closing Date : 16th August 2024

Entry Requirements

The MSc course is open to students who have obtained an honours degree or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

Candidates intending to pursue Qualified Person status should have an appropriate primary degree that conforms to the specific requirements for primary qualifications listed in European Directives 2001/83/EC and 2001/82/EC. There is also a requirement to have completed a minimum of two years practical industrial experience in an appropriate manufacturing environment.

Programme Fees

Academic Year 2023/24 Fees


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Fees listed for 2023/24 academic year. Fees may be subject to change for 2024/25 academic year.  

To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage

If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.

For further information and guidance about Fees and Funding for online and part-time courses at ATU Sligo, click here.

If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage