BioPharmaceutical Science - Online

Course Summary
Biopharmaceutical Science involves study of the discovery, development and processing of modern, medical drugs by artificially growing some or all of the components utilising cell culture technologies. The processes involved are more biological-based as compared to the more chemical-based processes associated with small-molecule pharmaceutical products. The Medical Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical sectors are among the fastest growing in the Life Sciences area both nationally and internationally.

This programme is jointly offered by IT Sligo and NIBRT (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training).

Key Course Information
Students must choose 1 elective module per semester (Practical Lab. modules typically require a ca. 2 day block attendance at the NIBRT facility, Dublin). Elective choices need to be made upon commencement of the programme to allow for module planning. Students are required to complete 90 credits for the full award.

Subjects taught

Course Format

Semester 1
Title Credits
LEGISLATION AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS 05
FERMENTATION AND CELL CULTURE PROCESS 05
SCALE-UP AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER [E] 05
Upstream Bioprocessing Practical [E] 05

Semester 2
Title Credits
Research Methods Biopharma 05
PROTEIN PURIFICATION PROCESSING 05
FORMULATION AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS [E] 05
Downstream Bioprocessing Practical [E] 05

Semester 3
Title Credits
BIOANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES 05
BIOCONTAMINATION MONITORING AND CONTROL 05
FACILITY DESIGN AND OPERATION [E] 05
Bopharmaceutical Analytical Techniques Practical Module [E] 05

Semester 4
Title Credits
BIOPHARMA PROCESS VALIDATION 05
Lean Sigma for BioPharma 05
PROJECT MANAGEMENT [E] 05
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN BIOPROCESSING [E] 05Semester 5
MSc Thesis [M] 30
[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.

Entry requirements

The programme is open to students who have obtained an honour's degree (Level 8) or equivalent in an appropriate discipline (i.e. Engineering or Life Sciences). Other candidates with alternative honours degrees and relevant experience in the Biopharmaceutical industry (typically 5 years duration in a GMP environment) may apply for consideration through the IT Sligo RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process.

Application dates

Application Closing Date : 7th January 2022

Credits

90

Duration

2.5 years part-time online.

Fees

Total Fees €12,000
Per module €1,000
Dissertation €2,000

Non-EU total fees: €16,500

Enrolment dates

Start Date: Annually in September subject to numbers.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates from this programme can expect to find employment in the Biopharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Diagnostics, Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical sectors, at the appropriate level. In the development of this programme emphasis has been placed on aligning the course content with the skills required by the Biopharmaceutical industry, whilst ensuring that there is sufficient flexibility to allow students to move laterally into associated careers including Research and Development opportunities.

Graduates are typically employed in managerial positions in Scientific, Operations and Quality Assurance / Control positions in the Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry sectors both in Ireland and abroad.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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