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MSc in Biopharmaceutical Science – ATU Sligo / Programme Details

Programme Details

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

Course Contents

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).

Time commitment:

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.

Start dates:

Annually in September.


Online with elective practical placements in the NIBRT facility.


Online Examinations, projects, assignments, practical assessments and on-line viva voce


ATU 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
  • Biovalidation
  • Research Methods

Elective Modules

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.

Entry Requirements

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 Applications

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.


Msc Course Coordinator:
Mary Butler

+ 353 (071) 931 8511

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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."