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Biopharmaceutical Processing (Online)

30 months
3398 EUR/year
3398 EUR/year
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This Biopharmaceutical Processing (Online) programme from the Atlantic Technological University is particularly suited to those in employment in the biopharma industry. 


The overall aim of the Biopharmaceutical Processing (Online) programme from the Atlantic Technological University is to deliver training which is customised to meet the exact needs of the clients in the biopharma sector. 

Biopharmaceutical Processing 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. 

Careers Opportunities

According to Killian O’Driscoll, NIBRT Director of Projects, there was further good news for the Irish biopharma sector throughout 2018 with the announcement of several major investments. These investments saw the continued diversification of advanced biopharma manufacturing capabilities in Ireland including facilities for Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs), cell therapies, iopha-oncology products and the world’s largest single use contract manufacturing capacity.  Investments included:

  • AbbVie Expands Oncology Capability at the Company’s Site in Ballytivnan, Sligo
  • MSD is to develop a new biotechnology facility in Dublin, with the expected creation of up to 350 new jobs
  • Takeda to invest €25m and create up to 70 new roles in a new facility at their Grange Castle site in Dublin
  • WuXi Biologics to Invest €325 million to Build Largest Biomanufacturing Facility Using Single-use Bioreactors in Ireland
  • Phibro Animal Health to establish new biotech facility in Sligo, creating up to 150 jobs
  • BioMarin Expands its Cork Facility to add Drug Product Filling capability
  • MSD to construct a second manufacturing facility at its existing site in Carlow – new investment will create 170 new jobs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fermentation and Cell Culture Process
  • Research Methods Biopharma
  • Legislation and Regulatory Affairs
  • Scale-up and Technology Transfer
  • Upstream Bioprocessing Practical
  • Protein Purification Processing
  • Downstream Bioprocessing Practical

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 30 months

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3398 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8496 EUR for the full programme during 30 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3398 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8496 EUR for the full programme during 30 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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