12 months
12000 EUR/year
7800 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science/ Postgraduate Diploma (MSc/PgD) in Biopharmaceutical Technology at the Technological University of the Shannon builds on the expertise and industry links TUS has developed over this time. The programme was conceived in response to significant job opportunities within Ireland’s large and expanding biopharmaceutical sector.


The Master of Science/ Postgraduate Diploma (MSc/PgD) in Biopharmaceutical Technology at the Technological University of the Shannon consists of theory and practical classes which are held at TUS, a training period in the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT), site visits to biopharmaceutical plants and guest lectures from individuals working at the cutting edge of the biopharmaceutical industry.

Career Prospects

Nine of the top ten global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies have significant operations in Ireland and seven of the ten worldwide ‘blockbuster’ drug products are manufactured in Ireland. The Irish Government’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has identified the Biopharma sector as one which will continue to require highly qualified and skilled scientists over the coming years. The modules offered on the Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Technology were designed to meet these identified current and future skills shortages in the Irish and international Biopharmaceutical sector. The programme also provides a route towards a career in Research and Development within academia and industry. Graduates from this programme can expect to develop careers in a variety of roles in the Biopharmaceutical, Medical Device, Biotechnology and Medical Diagnostics sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Analytical Tools for Characterising Biopharmaceutical
  •  Cell Culture and Cell Line Development
  •  Protein Biochemistry
  •  Lean Six Sigma for Biopharma

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Eligible candidates should have a first or a second class honours grade or an international equivalent in a Biology or Chemistry-related primary degree (for example Biotechnology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Physiology, Medicinal Chemistry or an equivalent qualification).
  • Graduates who hold equivalent qualifications in related science and technology disciplines or who have relevant industrial experience will be considered for places on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7800 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Athlone

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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