Course Summary

Programme Code : SG_SBIOP_M09

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).

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Key Course Information

Students must choose 1 elective module per semester (Practical Lab. modules typically require a ca. 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 90 credits for the full award.

Award: MSc in Biopharmaceutical Science – level 9

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2021

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to students who have obtained an honour’s degree (Level 8) or equivalent in an appropriate discipline (i.e. Engineering or Life Sciences). Other candidates with alternative honours degrees and relevant experience in the Biopharmaceutical industry (typically 5 years duration in a GMP environment) may apply for consideration through the IT Sligo RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process.

START DATE: Annually in September subject to numbers.

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.


'I have just completed the on-line MSc in Biopharmaceutical Science with Sligo IT, in conjunction with NIBRT. I am so glad I made the decision to carry out this further study for both myself and my career. While doing the course is challenging, I found it to be very rewarding. I found the standards of lectures, notes and support from Sligo IT to be extremely high and the practical work in NIBRT to be invaluable and also very enjoyable.

The online aspect to the course worked very well for me - I was able to access the lectures and notes at a time that suited me and I never experienced any technical issues. Overall, it was very convenient. I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing further studies in Biopharmaceutical Sciences to consider doing this course.

Finally, doing this course has helped me a lot in my work as a trainer and in my understanding of the industry.'

Denise McDonald - Cork Training Centre

Programme Fees

Total Fees €12,000 

Per module €1,000

Dissertation €2,000

Non-EU total fees: €16,500