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Your course
This MSc aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a successful career in biotechnology. Through tutorials, lectures, assignments and a research project, the course focuses on the development and application of biological processes in research, commercial and industrial settings. The programme is suitable for applicants who have a primary degree in Biological Sciences and wish to develop a career in a sector of high employment.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria
Candidates must hold at least a Second Class Honours, Level 8 (or equivalent international qualification) primary degree in Science or a related subject, with a strong background in biological sciences. For applicants whose native language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required, with not less than 5.5 in any one component. Selection is based on academic record, previous relevant experience and a personal statement. Candidates may be invited for interview.


12 months (full-time).

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
A wide range of career options exist for graduates of this programme, such as employment in pharmaceutical industries, diagnostic services and academic research. Furthermore, this programme is a springboard to PhD research opportunities. Our recent graduates have found employment with Abbott, Allergan, ICON Clinical Research, Norbrook Laboratories and Pfizer. They are pursuing careers in manufacturing, quality assurance, product development and research, as well as in the broader sectors of sales, marketing and regulatory affairs.

Further enquiries

Dr Mary Ní Fhlathartaigh
T: +353 91 495 323
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Subjects taught

Core modules:
• MSc Biotechnology five-month research project;

• Frontiers in Biotechnology: tutorials introducing transferable skills and recent advances in biotechnology;

• Introduction to Business: concepts in marketing, management and accountancy including student development of a biotechnology business plan;

• Fundamental Concepts in Pharmacology: understanding the dynamics and kinetics of drug interactions in the body;

• Protein Technology: includes industrial scale-up of protein production, proteomics and glycobiology;

• Diagnostic Biotechnology: a comprehensive overview of immunological and molecular diagnostics.

Optional modules (choose three):
Advanced and Applied Immunology; Advanced Industrial Processes; Applied Concepts in Pharmacology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Quality Management Systems.


1. Choice of industrial or research focussed streams.

2. Five-month laboratory project providing the opportunity to build research and development expertise while being a member of a scientific research team.

3. Winner of national Postgraduate Science Course of the Year Award 2016 and 2017.

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