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BioPharmaceutical Science - Online

PG Dip in 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).

This post-graduate programme in Biopharmaceutical Science aims to provide students with a comprehensive grounding in critical aspects of Biopharmaceutical Processing and Support Services, with specific focus on the product lifecycle of Biopharmaceutical products and processes. It has been designed to provide graduates with a range of cutting-edge skills in Biopharmaceutical Science and Medical Biotechnology thereby making them highly employable within the Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Biotechnology Industries in Ireland and abroad. One of the key features of this programme is that it combines skills in Biopharmaceutical Science and Medical Biotechnology with an in-depth knowledge of legislation/regulation and quality control systems for the respective industries.

Students must choose 1 elective module per semester (Practical Lab. Modules typically require a 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 60 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.


2 years online.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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.

What are my further study opportunities?

The Post-Graduate Diploma comprises 12 modules of 5 credits each for a total of 60 credits. Students may elect to exit the programme with a Post-Graduate Diploma qualification or more typically progress onto the full 90 credit MSc award which involves a further 30 credit masters thesis/dissertation.

Further enquiries

Online and Part time Admissions

tel: 071 931 8511


Subjects taught

Semester 1

Fermentation and Cell Culture Processing [M] 5

Upstream Processing Lab. Practical [E] 5

Biocontamination Monitoring and Control [M] 5

Bioprocess Scale Up and Technology Transfer [E] 5

Semester 2

Protein Purification Processing [M] 5

Legislation and Regulatory Affairs [M] 5

Formulation and Delivery Systems [E] 5

Downstream Processing Lab. Practical [E] 5

Semester 3

Biopharmaceutical Analytical Techniques theory [M] 5

Biopharmaceutical Analytical Techniques Practical Lab [E] 5

Lean Sigma for Biopharma [M] 5

Facility Design and Operation [E] 5

Semester 4

Biopharma Process Validation [M] 5

Research Methods [M] 5

Project Management [E] 5

Advanced Technologies in BioProcessing [E] 5

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.


Award: Post graduate Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Science – level 9

Application date

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2020.

Course fee

Total for €10,000

Per Year €5,000

Per 5 credit module €1,000

Non-EU total fees €13,000

Enrolment and start dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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