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BioPharmaceutical Science - Online

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).

About this programme

It is the overall aim of this postgraduate course to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to become part of the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare or Biotechnology workforce. This is achieved through completing online modules that have been designed in conjunction with the Biopharma industry with whom NIBRT and IT Sligo are closely aligned. This course is particularly suited to individuals who may have worked in similar industries and are looking to enter the Biopharma manufacturing sector for the first time.

Students must choose 1 elective module per semester (Semester 1: either the Upstream Processing Lab. module which requires a 2 day block attendance at the NIBRT facility or the Scaleup and technology Transfer module. Semester 2: either the Downstream BioProcessing Lab. module which requires a 2 day block attendance at the NIBRT facility or the Formulation and Delivery Module). Students are required to complete a total of 30 credits for the full award.

Entry requirements

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

Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of English language proficiency.


1 year online

Careers or further progression

Upon successful completion of this programme students can progress onto the L9 Post-graduate Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Science (60 credits) and further onto the L9 MSc. in Biopharmaceutical Science (90 credits).

Further enquiries

tel: 071 9318511

Subjects taught

Semester 1

Title Credits
Fermentation and Cell Culture Processing [M] 5
Upstream Processing Lab. Practical [E] 5
Biocontamination Monitoring and Control [M] 5
BioProcess ScaleUp and Technology transfer [E] 5

Semester 2

Title Credits
Protein Purification Processing [M] 5
Legislation and Regulatory Affairs [M] 5
Formulation and Delivery Systems [E] 5
Downstream Bio Processing Lab. Practical [E] 5


Award: Certificate in Science in Biopharmaceutical Science – Level 9.

Application date

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2018

Course fee

Total €6,000

€1000 per module

Non-EU total fees: €7,500

Springboard Fees

Fee €5,300

FREE for those classified as unemployed.

Fee for employed participants €530 (10% of fees)

This programme is funded under the Springboard initiative. If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to free fees for this programme under this initiative. If this programme is funded you will find it and be able to submit an application on the Springboard site at

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