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MSc in Biopharmaceutical Science – ATU Sligo / Your Career

Why study this course

Why study at NIBRT?

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. These suites are operated in a realistic GMP manufacturing environment. 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.

Why study with ATU Sligo?

ATU Sligo is the leading provider of online education in Ireland and includes a strong base of international students among its cohort of students. IT Sligo’s success to date in online delivery has been recognised through a number of awards such as the Taoiseach’s Award for Excellence in Online Teaching in 2012 and the Engineer’s Ireland Award for the delivery of online laboratories in 2013. Access to online library facilities includes comprehensive research capabilities to ensure that the online student is fully supported throughout their course of study.

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.

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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."