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Bioprocessing MSc - Government Funded

Course Details


Available: Full- Time

Award: Postgraduate

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 10, 2021


Dr Damien Thompson
+353 61 234377

Brief Description

The application deadline for these programmes has been extended to the January 10th 2021 to accommodate demand. Please note programmes may close in advance of deadline.

The MSc in Bioprocessing (online) explores the fundamental science behind bioprocessing ranging from molecular biology to downstream processing in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

The course will equip students with the latest research advances including data analytics, predictive modelling and new methods to manufacture protein products beyond conventional bacterial and cell culture-based methods. 

The MSc is a one year full time (fully online) programme which is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials, interactive group and one-on-one sessions, and research project work.

Students will learn about the latest advances in biochemistry and biomanufacturing including computational modelling. Tutorials will emphasise problem-based learning to encourage creative self-directed learning and equip students with advanced numerical and computational skills for proactive troubleshooting in industrial bioprocessing.

Guest speakers at the cutting edge of current industry regulatory affairs will present during the programme. These lectures will be supplemented with additional reading material, assignments, discussion forums and quizzes.

Through the Summer research project students will develop their enquiry-based learning and presentation skills as they explore scientific and technical issues currently facing bio-based industries. 

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 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3  
Scientific Communication & Literature Review Bioprocessing project Advanced Biophysical Characterisation Techniques  
Bioprocess Safety   Predictive Biomolecular Modelling Tools  
Upstream Processing   Advanced Cell Biology  
Downstream Processing   Biopharmacuticals: From Concept to Product  
Regulatory Affairs in Biopharma   Experimental Design and Research Methodology

This programme has secured Government funding through the July Stimulus Postgraduate Skills package.  Eligible applicants can avail of  90-100% funding.   Please click here for eligibility criteria

Academic entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a primary degree (Level 8 - NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) with a minimum second class hons, in a relevant branch of science or engineering (e.g., Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Environmental, Food or Materials Science, Mechanical, Environmental or Food Engineering).

Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered under the University of Limerick Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

What to include with your application

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)
  • A copy of your most recent CV
  • A copy of your passport or birth  certifcate (long version)
  • Proof of status -  Please click here for more informmation


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


This programme has secured Government funding through the July Stimulus Postgraduate Skills package.  Eligible applicants can avail of 90-100% funding.

For fees please click here   

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.