Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

ATU - Galway Campuses

Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

The programme was designed in partnership with Irish companies manufacturing biopharmaceuticals and relevant industry stakeholders. Learners will develop both critical research skills in biopharmaceutical science and in-depth understanding of the quality processes involved in the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals products.

The Masters programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach. Based on the input from industry, the programme design team have placed a strong emphasis on work-based learning and the year-long research project will be carried out in a company or within an applied research centre in GMIT.

The MSc in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing will develop in-depth knowledge of biologics manufacturing and skills relevant to the biopharmaceutical sector through the delivery of a suite of modules, namely: Advanced Biopharmaceutical Science, Bioprocessing Technology, Immunology, Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Technology, Biopharmaceutical Facilities, Machine Learning & Vision and Research project.

Learning Approach
• Blended learning
• Project-based learning
• Team-Based Learning
• Self-Directed and Flexible Learning
• Industry speakers and Networking events

What to Expect
The programme has been designed for people in full-time employment in the Biopharmaceutical/Pharmaceutical sector. Lectures and tutorials will be delivered live on-line and will be recorded, available through GMIT's learning platform Moodle. On-site activities are limited, but learners who take the elective module in Biopharmaceutical Science will be expected to be onsite for a 2 day on-site practical workshop in December.

The department will be running on-site medical technologies networking events and students enrolled on the Masters in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing are welcome to attend.

This is a full-time programme, and the Applied Research Project will be work-based and year-long. Those employed in the Biopharmaceutical/Pharmaceutical Sector can undertake projects with their employer, however the design of the project should be produced by the learner with the advice of the supervisors and must be of relevance to the programme.

Students enrolled onto the programme who are not employed in the
Biopharmaceutical/Pharmaceutical sector will be required to complete a year-long applied research project with a relevant industry or academic partner. This will be arranged by GMIT.

Subjects taught

Leaners are required to take a number of mandatory modules with a choice of one elective. Depending on the choice of elective this may be scheduled in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Year 1
Bioprocessing Technology
5 credits

Design and Analysis of Experiments
5 credits

Biopharmaceutical Science
5 credits

Quality Management Systems and Regulatory Affairs
5 credits

Applied Immunology, Immunotherapeutics & Vaccine Technology
5 credits

Six Sigma Management
5 credits

Validation for Biopharmaceuticals
5 credits

Biopharmaceutical Facilities
5 credits

Machine Learning and Vision
5 credits

Advanced Biopharmaceutical Science
10 credits

Applied Research Project
55 credits

Entry requirements

English Language Requirements
English Language Requirements will be as determined by GMIT and as published in the Access, Transfer and Progression code.

Knowledge of the English language is considered as a basic requirement and non-native English speakers who are applicants for Level 9 taught programmes are required to have a minimum score of 6.0 in the IELTs or equivalent.

Application dates

Key Dates
Applications opening date: February 17th, 2022
Applications closing date: 27th May, 2022.
How to Apply
Apply directly to GMIT using GMIT's Online Admissions system, selecting Application Type L9.

Please provide the following documentations to support your application:
1. A CV (max three pages) detailing their qualifications & career to date.
2. A personal motivational statement, which should include an outline of their plans and interests related to Biopharmaceutical/Pharmaceutical manufacturing.


1 year
Mode of Study: Full Time
Method of Delivery: Blended

Delivery Method:
It is a full time blended course. Delivery is largely live/ synchronous, in a face to face online environment which takes place in the evenings to facilitate those working. Materials are recorded for those who are unable to attend all live evenings sessions. There are also some recorded/ asynchronous delivery elements. Please note that there are likely to be a number of mandatory online evening attendances for some modules for presentations. You will be informed in a timely manner of any mandatory online attendance requirements. This is all facilitated through Moodle and MS Teams.

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Job Opportunities
The proposed Masters in Biopharmaceutical Science and Technology will equip graduates with a strong fundamental knowledge in high tech biopharmaceutical science.

Data collated from the industry consultation expect graduates to fill roles in:
• Biotechnical production specialists
• Process Sciences Associates
• Process engineer
• Cell Line Engineers
• Cell Biology & Bioanalytical Analysts
• Data Science & Analytics Engineers
• Technical Operations Specialist
• Technical Services Specialist
• Validation Specialist
• Manufacturing Support Specialist
• Operations Lead/Manager
• QA Specialist/Manager
• Leadership roles in Research and Development

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Blended

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