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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 ATU 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.

At a glance

24 Month

Part-time Post Graduate Diploma

30 Month

Masters of Science Degree

Start Dates

January & September Annually



Biopharmaceutical career opportunities

This MSc has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the biopharma industry. It is suitable for Science and Engineering graduates who wish to up-skill or cross-skill for a career in biopharmaceuticals. A wide range of career options exist for graduates of this MSc, including employment in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. Recent graduates are employed in companies such as Pfizer, MSD, Lilly, Amgen, Janssen and Takeda. Post-graduates may also find employment more broadly within the Healthcare sector and in areas of Research and Development.

Entry Requirements

This Masters in Biopharmaceutical Science 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 experience will also be considered.

Highlights of the MSc programme

  • Online delivery using the best practices in online learning offering you flexibility of both time and location
  • Elective hands-on practical experience at the award winning NIBRT facility in Dublin, Ireland
  • Strong industry focus on the latest developments in biopharmaceutical manufacturing including full product characterisation, single use technologies, PAT/QbD
  • Flexible, modular course choices to accommodate the pace of learning that suits you
  • Industry case-studies by experts from the world’s leading biopharma companies

Msc Course Coordinator:
Mary Butler

+ 353 (071) 931 8511

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What to expect as an online student

IT Sligo is the leader in Ireland in the use of technology in the delivery of distance education. The online programmes replicate the traditional face-to-face classroom by web-casting live classes over the Internet. During an online lecture you can hear the lecturer and see the board and/or class material that they are working. All live lectures are recorded for those who may not be able to attend the lectures live. In addition, each programme and module has its own web page where lecturers can post useful resources; students can submit assignments and get private feedback and where students can communicate with their lecturers and with each other. We have enrolled students from many of the large multinational and SME companies in Ireland including the following: Boston Scientific, Abbott, Eli Lilly, Janssen Biologics, Pfizer, Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD). The Master’s program is designed and delivered for students who want to study part-time at a pace that matches their work-life balance.

Why study at NIBRT and IT Sligo?

The award winning NIBRT facility has been purpose built to replicate a modern bioprocessing plant with state of the art biopharmaceutical manufacturing equipment. This includes extensive upstream, downstream, fill-finish and bioanalytical suites. During the placement time, students will get hands on experience of the operations involved in a biopharmaceutical production process.

NIBRT’s clients include the blue-chip biopharma manufacturing companies, international regulatory agencies and innovative vendors and suppliers. While carrying out placements, you will have ample opportunity to interact with these industry clients and NIBRT trainers.

NIBRT is located in the grounds of Ireland’s largest university and provides full student support to all attendees.


T. Ahern

Eli Lilly

"The MSc course will expand your opportunities in the workplace and place you in a position to take on more varied and interesting roles."

M. McLoughlin


"The course will give you a good understand of a broad range of topics and areas in the biopharma space. I found the range of topics covered very useful, even though I was already working in the industry."

F. O'Donovan

Merck Sharp Dohme

"This MSc programme had a very significant impact on my career development, and not just from qualifying. The advantages started from when I enrolled. To be able to tell senior management that I was studying for an MSc qualification was very beneficial career-wise."

J. Kennes

Jannsen Biologics B.V.

"I think of it as a very good course with very professional teachers and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in doing an MSc course in this field."