MSc in Bioprocessing Science (Fulltime)

The Master of Science (MSc) [90 credits] and Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) [30 credits] in Bioprocessing Science have been developed by the Institute of Technology Sligo to meet the growing needs of the Biopharmaceutical Industry.

Biological drugs are transforming the way we treat and cure disease. These include biological drugs, personalised medicines, cell and gene therapies.

This sector is among the fastest growing in the Life Sciences area both nationally and internationally and there is a skills gap in the Bioprocessing area which means that graduates from Industry focussed programmes are needed.

This course is designed to provide candidates with a comprehensive understanding of the manufacturing of biological products.

The new MSc and PGC in Bioprocessing will provide a postgraduate qualification that will form both an introduction for new or proposed entrants to the area, and additional skills and knowledge to those who have already completed a Level 8 qualification in a cognate area. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will receive either an MSc (90 credits) or early exit award of PGC (30 credit) at NFQ Level 9.

About this programme

The programme consists of a one-year full-time Level 9 MSc in Bioprocessing Science (90 credits). The programme shall be made available using on site classroom based delivery plus online delivery modes and laboratory scale plus pilot scale experiments in IT Sligo and NIBRT* for an overall blended learning approach. The full suite of modules (30 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits) leading to the MSc degree, will normally take one full year (September to September) to complete. All theory and laboratory modules will be completed at the end of Semester 1. The research dissertation will commence fulltime in Semester 2 of the programme. Participants may also take the full suite of modules minus the research dissertation, over one academic semester and will be eligible to be awarded a Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate (30 credits).

NIBRT is a global centre of excellence for training and research in bioprocessing. This world class facility located in Dublin is purpose built to closely replicate a modern bioprocessing plant with state of the art equipment for research and training. IT Sligo is one of the founding partners in NIBRT and is the major provider of education and training to NIBRT.


IT Sligo has established a Masters Scholarship Fund to support students applying for either:  Taught Level 9 courses that have a Major research component (a minimum of 60% of the programme credits), or; Research Masters programmes. The MSc in Biopharmaceutical Processing Programme meets this criterion.

Prospective students may apply for the following forms of support:

  1. The full EU fee value of the programme for two years.
  2. Partial EU fee value relating to the programme for two years
  3. Continuation of such support for a further two years, in the case of Research Masters candidates who have successfully transferred to PhD

How to apply

When you apply for the programme our Admissions teams will send you further information and an Application Form.

Download Scholarship Application Form

Please complete this fully and return it to our Admissions team.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications to the Scholarship Fund is the 15th July 2019.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to make awards:

  • Applications must relate to the categories of programme listed 
  • Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the relevant programme
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they are not in receipt of other grant funding support for their studies
  • Applicants who can demonstrate financial imperatives will be prioritised
  • Applicants should demonstrate: in the case of taught programmes, that the qualification will benefit them personally, academically and professionally
  • Candidates outside the EU must contribute the difference between the award and the full fee liability


Up to 6 successful applicants will receive Scholarship offers before the start of the academic year. 

The decision of the selection panel is final.

Click here to apply online:

Life Sciences Taught Masters Degree by Thesis

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

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 are typically employed in managerial positions in Scientific, Operations and Quality Assurance / Control positions in the Biopharmaceutical and Medical Biotechnology industry sectors both within Ireland and abroad. Post-graduates may also find employment more broadly within the Healthcare sector, medical device industries and in areas of Research and Development.

What subjects will I study?

Programme Fees

Total Fees Masters €4,950

Total Fees PGD €3,000

International Students (Outside of the EU) €9500



Who do I contact?

Online and Part time Admissions
tel: 071 9318511

Further information:

Dr. Sharon Barrett