MSc Biotherapeutics

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.

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  • 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

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.

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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.

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). 

  • 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
  • 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

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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.

MSc Biotherapeutics (F102) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7915
nonEU    fee per year - € 24800

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

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. 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.

2 academic references will be required, at least one to be from a science faculty member

 

Early Applications

In previous years, all spaces on this suite of programmes have been offered by May of the previous academic year.  Please submit your application as soon as possible.

English Language Requirements

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.

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/ 

Dr David O’Connell, Lecturer in Biochemistry & Pharmacology and Director of MSc Biotherapeutics programmes


Dr David O' Connell"‌My core research focus is on the activity of calcium binding proteins involved in homeostatic mechanisms in the cell using an integrated platform of proteomic technologies. I have patented a novel affinity tag platform for improved protein immobilisation for purification, biophysical analysis and detection in multiple biopharmaceutical applications and together with Biopharma companies in the UK, Sweden and Switzerland we are validating this technology in the industrial context and assessing the impact on the biotherapeutics discovery and development pipeline."

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Biotherapeutics FT (F102)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised