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MSc in Biotherapeutics

Republica de Irlanda


¿Qué aprenderé?

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

Course Description

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.

What modules can I take?

The programme consists of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, case studies and a large research module. To complete the MSc in Biotherapeutics you must complete 90 credits of modules including a substantial lab-based project.

Careers & Employability

This programme will enable you to choose from a wide range of careers and areas of postgraduate study. This multi-disciplinary course provides a solid grounding for careers in industry, health and research.

Prospective Employers

Prospective employers include: Novartis, Glaxo SmithKline, Eli Lily, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Janssen Biologies, AstraZeneca, MSD, Bristol Myers Squibb, Abbott, Sanofi, Seroba Kernel, Dignity Science, Quintiles.

Programme Outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyse, evaluate and communicate biotherapeutics research
  • Students will be able to comprehend the challenges of scaling bioprocesses and apply their knowledge to overcome these
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principles and applications of biotherapeutics
  • Students will be able to develop a professional approach to engaging with industry and an applied methodology in preparing for employment opportunities
  • 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 work safely and effectively in a biotherapeutics laboratory, both independently and as part of a team

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

UCD College of Science

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (1 )

Costos de estudio
€26.400,00 (US$ 28.196) por año

*El precio que se muestra es una referencia, por favor verificar con la institución

Fecha de inicio

11 Septiembre 2023


UCD College of Science

Room E1.09/E2.09,

1st Floor, UCD O'Brien Centre for Science - East,



Republic of Ireland

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

The normal requirement for entry to a Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. In addition course work and examinations may also be specified by the College at entry; normally these have to be satisfactorily completed in the first year of a Master’s degree programme. IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

Para estudiantes internacionales

The programme is intended for applicants who have an Upper Second Class Honours Degree, or international equivalent.

Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology or with proven relevant industrial experience may be considered for places. The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the candidate's performance in his/her primary degree and experience. A significant amount of lab experience will be required, e.g. a laboratory based project or equivalent component(s), at a senior stage of the student's degree.

If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes. English Language qualifications include a minimum score of 550 (213 computer based) for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 (with a score of 6 obtained in each category) for International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted such as the Cambridge Certificate. Tests used as evidence of language proficiency must have been completed within the last 12 months.

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


Acerca de University College Dublin

Famosa por excelencia en la enseñanza e investigación y alcance global, UCD es el destino elegido por más de 9.500 estudiantes internacionales.

  • Campus principal en Belfield, a 5 km del centro de Dublín.
  • 173° mejor universidad del mundo - 2022 QSWUR.
  • Reconocida mundialmente por excelente enseñanza y aprendizaje.
  • Becas disponibles para estudiantes internacionales.

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