Industrial Pharmaceutical Science - Sligo

The Master of Science in Industrial Pharmaceutical Science has been developed by the School of Science at the Atlantic Technological University, Sligo Campus. The award is an MSc of atu Sligo. The course comprises 6 modules, providing teaching in 22 major subject areas and an MSc Research Project. For suitably qualified and candidates who wish to pursue Qualified Person Status, the course fulfils the educational requirements required by European Directive 2001/83/EC and 2001/82/EC. The course is delivered by distance learning, with certain block attendance. The modular structure and credit system will facilitate studying for the degree while working.

The programme will consist of 6 core modules. Typically the duration of the programme will be part-time over 2 years for the 6 modules. A research project is carried out in 2nd year. However, students may also complete the programme over a longer period to offer flexibility for those in full time employment.

Two modules will be studied each year from January to June and one module from July to December with the research project running from March to December in the 2nd year. The project provides each student with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the taught modules.

Exams will run in May and January in ATU Sligo and an exam centre in Dublin and repeat exams in August of each year in ATU Sligo

Modules may be taken individually or on a standalone basis

Subjects taught


MIPS1 - Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Pharmaceutical Analysis

MIPS2 - Chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology of therapeutics

MIPS3 - Regulation and licensing of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology products and Medical Devices

MIPS4 - Formulation of dosage forms, sterile pharmaceuticals and advanced drug delivery systems

MIPS5 - Processes and production and pharmaceutical Quality systems

MIPS6 - Management of Pharmaceutical Operations and Projects

MIPS7 - Research Project

Entry requirements

An honours degree or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline. There is also a requirement to have completed a minimum of two years of practical industrial experience in an appropriate manufacturing environment.

Application dates

Applications for online programmes are accepted on the atu sligo website.

All programmes advertised will run subject to sufficient student numbers.

ATU sligo online has two intakes per year, the main one being in September with a smaller listing of programmes for January. For confirmation on start dates check

For September, applications open from 1st February each year. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st august.

For January, applications open from 1st November each year. Closing date for applications is mid-January.

The online application form requires personal details, previous qualifications, professional accreditations, employment history and a personal statement. We recommend collating all the necessary paperwork i.e. Transcripts of previous qualifications, academic certificates before you submit an application.

Once submitted, our admissions team will contact you to confirm eligibility and request copies of any previous qualifications.

Academic staff review every application and approve eligible candidates for the programme.

Admissions team will notify you if you are accepted onto the course and will request deposit to confirm your place.

Places are limited, so please apply early.




2 years part-time online.

On-Campus Attendance
One workshop per semester (which will be a day and a half on a Friday and Saturday).


Total €15,900
Per Year €7,950
Per module €3,000
10 credit module fee amount €1,767

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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