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Bioprocessing MSc (Online)

Course Details


Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 year

Award: Postgraduate

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Damien Thompson
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Brief Description

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



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.


  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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Fees are subject to review

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Graduates from this course can choose a career in the areas of Manufacturing, Bio-Industry and Biopharmaceuticals