Why take this course?
Athlone Institute of Technology has successfully produced highly employable biotechnology graduates at NFQ level 7 and 8 since the programmes were initially offered in 1996. The Master of Science/ Postgraduate Diploma (MSc/PgD) in Biopharmaceutical Technology builds on the expertise and industry links AIT has developed over this time. The programme was conceived in response to significant job opportunities within Ireland's large and expanding biopharmaceutical sector. In addition to lectures and laboratory sessions at AIT, and site visits to local biopharmaceutical plants, students on the MSc/PgD will receive practical training at the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT) in Dublin.
NIBRT is a replica of a functional bioprocessing plant, equipped with all of the manufacturing equipment you would expect to find in a modern bioprocessing facility (for example, upstream, downstream, fillfinish and bioanalytical facilities). The NIBRT placement will allow students to gain handson experience of the processes involved in biopharmaceutical production.
What will I experience?
AIT's MSc in Biopharmaceutical Technology runs from September to August. The programme consists of theory and practical classes which are held at AIT, a training period in the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT), site visits to biopharmaceutical plants and guest lectures from individuals working at the cutting edge of the biopharmaceutical industry.