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MSc Biotechnology
Duration: 12 months
Schedule: Full Time
Starting: September
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  • Expert faculty and senior industry practitioners working at the forefront of their disciplines
  • Opportunities for industrial placements
  • Suitable for life-science and chemistry graduates with lab experience
  • Hands-on practical experience in bioprocessing
  • Company visits and access to The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) on campus
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Who is the UCD MSc Biotechnology for?
This multi-disciplinary UCD MSc in Biotechnology programme 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.

Course objectives of the UCD MSc Biotechnology
The programme focuses on broadening your knowledge and understanding of the current technologies and processes in the PharmaBiotech industry, including approaches being applied to further advance the discovery and design of new and highly innovative biotech and pharmaceutical products. It also provides industrially relevant expertise in bioprocess technology, regulatory affairs and the design and management of clinical trials.

Eligibility for the UCD MSc Biotechnology
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.

What will I learn from the UCD MSc Biotechnology?

You will be able to demonstrate skills in experimental design, problem solving and interpretation of new data, demonstrate the analytical and technical skills required for experimental research and / or the exploitation of scientific discovery in industry, depending on your chosen project. You will learn to understand regulatory compliance and the procedures involved in design and management of clinical trails.

In addition you will be able to identify and appropriately manage the professional, ethical and wider social aspects and impacts of product development within the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. You will improve your communication skills, your ability for independent thinking and for developing creative solutions.

One of the main factors that will determine your field of expertise is your selection of research project which aims to develop project management, research and analytical skills.

How will I benefit from the UCD MSc Biotechnology?
This advanced graduate degree in Biotechnology has been developed in consultation with employers and therefore will be recognised and valued by them. A key feature is the opportunity to carry out a project in industry which will allow graduates to develop connections with prospective employers, thereby enhancing chances of employment on graduation. You will also have the opportunity to become part of a network of alumni in the field of Biotechnology.

What is the UCD MSc Biotechnology programme about?
The UCD MSc Biotechnology programme provides a comprehensive course of education in "Biotechnology", a branch of science that demands a broad knowledge of a number of areas of scientific study including Biochemistry, Microbiology and Pharmacology. Biotechnology is one of the major technologies of the twenty-first century that is predicted to provide solutions to major national problems by developing new technologies with great potential for economic impact. 


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