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MSc in Bioprocess Engineering

MSc in Bioprocess Engineering

  • PAC Code(DC735 - (FT) DC734 - (PT)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration Full Time - 1 Year, Part Time - continuous min 1 year

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Bioprocess Engineering is delivered by DCU's School of Biotechnology in conjunction with TCD School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT). It is accredited by DCU.

The M.Sc. is an interactive and dynamic programme that will develop your knowledge and appreciation of the conceptual and factual bases for bioprocess design and operation. It also develops your understanding of bioprocessing, particularly the structures, roles and experimental methods associated with biopharmaceuticals, their analysis, production methods and technology for monitoring and control of bioprocesses.

It provides an advanced and up-to-date academic base in the major disciplines of bioprocess engineering and fosters a range of transferable skills across a full range of relevant subjects.

The MSc in Bioprocess Engineering won the Postgraduate Course of the Year Award in Health Sciences sponsored by AbbVie at the gradireland Higher Education Awards 2017. The judges’ comment was as follows: "An excellent course with strong industry and inter-institutional collaborations."


To update and upgrade the knowledge, understanding and skills of graduates who are interested in pursuing or are currently working in the Biopharmaceutical industry. To retrain graduates working in related disciplines, by providing advanced level modules in the theory, analysis design and practical methodology of the rapidly evolving subjects that are associated with this sector.

*Note module BE596 will not be availalbe from September 2018.

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The programme has an excellent reputation in the biopharmaceutical industry, with a number of companies (Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Merck, BMS) registering employees for the full or partial programme.

This post-graduate programme builds on the world-renowned experience of the course presenters, including professors, lecturers and industrial experts.

The programme provides a platform for entry into research-level positions (PhD, further specialised programmes) and industries involved in the production of recombinant therapeutic proteins/diagnostics.

It also provides a highly interactive environment for the understanding of real bioprocesses, and to encourage discussion with industry experts in a dynamic environment, on actual problems and challenges in the bioprocessing sector.


As a M.Sc. graduate you will be able to further your career with a thorough understanding of best-practice in Ireland's rapidly-growing biopharmaceutical industry. This is a highly skilled sector and graduates are in demand by all companies in the biopharmaceutical industry. It will also help you to advance your career with your current employer.


General Entry Requirements

The programme will be open to graduates and those currently working in industry with an honours degree (minimum second class honours grade 2) in Science or Engineering. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree but who have significant relevant industrial experience will also be considered, and should contact the Programme Chair to discuss this prior to applying.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants Must submit

  • Certified Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.

Non Native English Speakers

Must submit evidence of English language competence as per DCU requirements see link

Applicants who are interested in applying for the course can apply online at

Closing date for receipt of applications is the 31st July 2018 for the September 2018 start (full-time and part-time students).

The closing date for non EU applicants is 7th July 2018.

To make an application, please visit the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website ( and submit an application online using the appropriate PAC code from the list below;

  • DC734    Part-time
  • DC735    Full-time

Non EU Applicants:

Please apply through PAC ( ). Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible. If you require a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are NOT eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.