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Biotechnology

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc in Biotechnology is taught by leading academics in the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and focuses on broadening your knowledge and understanding of the current technologies and processes in the biotechnology industry, including approaches being applied to further advance the discovery and design of new and highly innovative biotech and pharmaceutical products and technologies. 

Modules on food and environmental biotechnology,

Industrially relevant expertise in facility design and bioprocess technology, regulatory affairs and clinical trials

Academic or industry lab project of significant benefit to previous programme graduates.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Course Description
Biotechnology encompasses all aspects of the industrial application of living organisms and/ or biological techniques. It is a collection of technologies that capitalise on the attributes of cells and biological molecules, such as DNA, to work for us. The primary biotechnology activity carried out in Ireland is research and development. Ireland has experienced massive growth across the biotechnology sector including food, environmental and pharmaceutical industries in the last decade. Ireland is home to nine of the top 10 global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Merck, BristolMyers Squibb and Genzyme, with seven of the 10 world blockbuster pharmaceuticals made here. The MSc in Biotechnology is taught by leading academics in the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and focuses on broadening your knowledge and understanding of the current technologies and processes in the biotechnology industry, including approaches being applied to further advance the discovery and design of new and highly innovative biotech and pharmaceutical products and technologies. It also provides modules on food and environmental biotechnology, as well as industrially relevant expertise in facility design, bioprocess technology, regulatory affairs and clinical trials.

Programme outcomes
-Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principles and applications of biotechnology
-Students will be able to comprehend the challenges of scaling bioprocesses and apply their knowledge to overcome these
-Students will be able to analyse, evaluate and communicate biotechnology research
-Students will be able to work safely and effectively in a biotechnology laboratory, both independently and as part of a team
-Students will be able to develop solutions to a range of challenges in the breadth of sectors to which biotechnology is relevant (health, agriculture, fine chemicals, waste etc.)
-Students will be able to engage with potential employers in a professional manner

Entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have an upper second class honours grade or international equivalent in a Biology or Chemistry primary degree. This includes a degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, Medicinal Chemistry or an equivalent qualification.

•Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology or with proven relevant industrial experience will be considered for places.

•Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
This advanced graduate degree in Biotechnology has been developed in consultation with employers and therefore is recognised and valued by them.
A key feature is the opportunity to carry out a project in industry which will allow graduates to develop connections with prospective employers, thereby enhancing chances of employment on graduation. You will also have the opportunity to become part of a network of alumni in the field of Biotechnology.

Prospective employers include:

Abbott; Allergan; Amgen; Baxter Healthcare; Beckman Coulter; Biotrin International Ltd.; Boston Scientific; Elan Corporation; Eli Lilly and Co.; Celltech; Glaxo SmithKline; Icon Clinical Research; Johnson & Johnson Ltd.; Kerry Group Plc.; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Quintiles; Sandoz; Serology Ltd.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Cormac Murphy
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 2131

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

MSc Biotech Project BIOC40120
Drug Develop & Clinical Trials BIOC40160
Pharmacology and Drug Development BIOC40170
Professional Career Development BIOC40180
Bioprocessing Laboratory CHEN40090
Recombinant DNA Technology MICR40010
Microbial and Animal Cell Products MICR40020
Emerging Issues in Biotechnology MICR40100
Environmental Biotechnology MICR40140
Regulatory Affairs in Science PHAR40240

Stage 1 - Option

Biomedical Diagnostics BIOC40110
Medical Device Technology BIOC40130
The Business of Biotechnology and Science BMOL40120
Biological Imaging BMOL40180
Multicellular Systems BMOL40190
Food Biotechnology MICR40130
Environmental Biotechnology MICR40140

Comment

Features.
The UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science is closely linked to the UCD Conway institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular research which provides cutting edge core technologies including the premier Mass Spectrometry Resource in the country, NMR spectroscopy, real time PCR, electron microscopy, light microscopy, digital pathology and flow cytometry.

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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