MSc Biotherapeutics and Business
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc in Biotherapeutics and Business educates students on the practical uses of molecular advances in the discovery and of protein and other biomolecular drug candidates and their development into biotherapeutics
- The UCD MSc Biotherapeutics and Business programme has a global, multidisciplinary perspective with contributions from national and international academics and experts.
- Students share their firsthand practical experience with other MSc students and professionals from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds and this creates a dynamic learning environment.
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Suitable for life-science and chemistry graduates with non-business backgrounds
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. You will also receive a comprehensive business education. You will learn to identify and solve business problems in local and international settings, enhance your communication and leadership skills and improve your ability for independent thinking and developing creative solutions.
The MSc in Biotherapeutics and Business is the result of close collaboration between UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and UCD Smurfit School of Business.
Vision and Values Statement
The MSc programme in Biotherapeutics and Business is designed for life science/chemistry graduates interested in management and the business of developing biotherapeutic drugs. The graduates of this programme are uniquely positioned to bridge the knowledge gap between science and business in this rapidly developing area (Purposes). We aim to enhance the students' awareness of the challenges of bringing biotherapeutics research from the laboratory to the market. There is a particular emphasis on preparing the graduates for working in a business environment and developing their leadership attributes (Values). A unique collaboration with the Michael Smurfit School of Business at UCD provides a blended programme in which students are encouraged to develop creative thinking by applying business principles coupled with scientific understanding using exercises that challenge the students individually and within teams. Experts from within the university, from industry and the business community are involved in providing content and supervision (Nature of the learning environment). The delivery of the curriculum uses a variety of teaching approaches and assessment strategies, which includes classical written examination, oral assessments, case studies poster presentation and a team based valuation of a candidate drug for market (Teaching, learning and assessment).