Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
MSc Biotherapeutics will provide the theoretical background, practical training and ancillary workplace skills that will equip graduates with the essential tools for a successful career in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industry both in Ireland and abroad.
- Expert faculty and senior industry practitioners working at the forefront of their disciplines
- Hands-on practical experience in bioprocessing
- Large research component in hi-tech research lab
- Company visits and access to The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) on campus
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
The programme is intended for applicants who have an Upper Second Class Honours Degree, or international equivalent, in a biological or chemical science. This includes a BSc in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry or an equivalent qualification.
Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology or with proven relevant industrial experience may be considered for places.
This programme will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the development of biotherapeutics, beginning with pre-clinical modelling and target identification together with antibody engineering, biochemical and biophysical characterisation, and development issues for bioprocessing. Systems biology of biotechnological processes and approaches to the analysis of proteomics based discovery data will be covered in detail together with mathematical modelling, bioinformatics analysis and data integration strategies. Regulatory issues, and innovation and commercialisation strategies, will also be covered. Mammalian cell culture and bioprocess laboratory structure will be comprehensively covered in addition to novel approaches to therapeutic development. A practical drug discovery laboratory project will form a significant component of the experience of how candidates are identified and brought through the development pipeline.
-Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principles and applications of biotherapeutics
-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 biotherapeutics research
-Students will be able to work safely and effectively in a biotherapeutics laboratory, both independently and as part of a team
-Students will be able to develop effective time management, problem solving and reporting skills as required in a professional workplace
-Students will be able to develop a professional approach to engaging with industry and an applied methodology in preparing for employment opportunities
Vision and Values Statement
The MSc programme in Biotherapeutics is designed for life science/chemistry graduates and aims to develop specific, applied knowledge and skills in biotherapeutics, positioning graduates for employment in the biotherapeutics industry, associated bio-based industries or in further PhD research programmes (Purposes). The graduates of the MSc Biotherapeutics programme will be very well informed on a comprehensive suite of specific topics and problems that are routinely encountered within the commercial biotherapeutics environment. We aim to produce highly motivated, independent thinkers with well-developed problem-solving ability and capable of working effectively in a professional environment either alone or in teams. There is a particular emphasis on professional career development and introducing the students to professionals in the commercial workplace (Values). We provide a scholarly environment within which students' interest in biotherapeutics is advanced through lectures by experts from academia and industry. Their creativity and problem solving skills are enhanced through group projects and computer-based learning tools. The students develop practical biotherapeutics skills in a significant 6 month research project that is conducted in a specialised biotherapeutics research laboratory. Students are also introduced to internship opportunities available in the workplace (Nature of the learning environment). The different teaching approaches employed in the delivery of the curriculum is reflected in the variety of assessment, which includes classical written examination, oral assessments, case studies, group poster presentation, seminar presentations and a final thesis based on the research project. These assignments are designed to align closely to the normal activity and outputs of professionals in the industry (Teaching, learning and assessment).