NIBRT Transition Year Program 2020

The NIBRT Transition Year program 2020 will take place from Monday, 27th January 2020 to Friday, 31st of January 2020 at NIBRT, Foster Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin on the grounds of University College Dublin. Five successful students will get the opportunity to experience what it is like to study biopharmaceuticals and work in this life changing industry. This program is open to all students currently in transition year with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The five day placement in NIBRT will allow students the opportunity to experience the state-of-the-art bioprocessing facilities at NIBRT and learn from scientists and engineers working in the research and training teams. Over the five-day programme, students will participate in lectures and workshops and experience a real-life bioprocessing facility. The placement will conclude with a dedicated group project presented to management by the students.

Application Process

  • To apply for a placement interested students should submit a typed, 2 page (A4, sized 12 font) essay titled: “What is biopharmaceutical science and how does it impact our lives?”
  • Students should submit this essay before 31st October 2019 to the email address
    The email subject line is “NIBRT TY Program 2020”.

Key Dates
The application process for the 2020 program is as follows:

  • September 2019: Application for students opens. Details on how to apply for the program will be live on the NIBRT website and information available to all transition year school program co-coordinators.
  • 31st October 2019: Application closes. 
  • 14th November 2019: Students and schools are notified if they have been successful in securing a place and placement confirmation will be requested.
  • 30th November 2019: Final date for student placement confirmation. If a student fails to confirm a registration by this date, the place will be re-allocated to a student on the waiting list.
  • 14th January 2020: A detailed program pack will be sent to students and schools which will include a parental consent form, the placement itinerary, rules, regulations, and health and safety information.The parental consent form will need to be signed and returned before the program begins.

Please note

  • Due to the popularity of the program, NIBRT may only accept one student per school.
  • Unsuccessful students are placed on the waiting list, should places become available.
  • NIBRT will be responsible for students between the hours of 9:30am and 16:30pm daily. We do not accept responsibility for students outside of these hours. Travel and accommodation for the program cannot be organized by NIBRT.
  • NIBRT will organize lunch for students however students are welcome to bring their own packed lunches if preferred.