Bioprocessing and Biopharma


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Interested in developing new drugs such as life-saving vaccines or in creating innovative mass market food products?


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Bioprocessing could be the right path for you. It involves applying biological sciences and bioprocess engineering principles to the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, enzymes, food and other products, on a commercial scale. 

On this course, you’ll come to understand the fundamental biological principles and methods involved in developing new drugs and other products. You’ll also learn about the challenges of large-scale manufacturing, and develop the bioprocess and biomolecular engineering knowledge and skills to solve those problems.

Future-proof your career
The BSc in Bioprocessing is a DCU Futures course, meaning it has been designed to reflect real-world needs and give you a diverse suite of skills. You’ll move from studying the basic sciences, mathematics and data analytics, to delving more deeply into biology and bioprocessing, and tackling real-world bioprocessing problems. In third year, you’ll get to do a nine-month INTRA work placement.  

Graduates can work as bioprocessing specialists in the biopharmaceutical, food, beverage, industrial enzyme, and microbial biotechnology sectors. With their in-depth knowledge of data analytics, process analytical technologies, and process automation and control, they can also thrive in other sectors, including fine chemical processing, environmental management, and sustainability.

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I’m a chemical engineer and I always got a kick out of looking at physical systems and developing a mathematical explanation for what is going on.

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Careers & Further Options

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Acquisition of knowledge and development of skills in data analytics, process analytical technologies, and process automation and control will ensure you are fully equipped to address the processing challenges that arise across bio- and non-bio sectors. There is a huge demand for graduates with these skills in career areas such as

  • Biopharma
  • Food and Beverage Industry
  • Industrial Enzymology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Chemical Processing
  • Environmental Management
  • Sustainability Sectors

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here .

Course Structure

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You will enter BSc in Bioprocessing via the Biological Sciences General Entry route (DC180), confirming your choice at the end of Year 1.

At the start of the BSc in Bioprocessing, you will be introduced to the basic sciences, mathematics and data analytics. As you progress, you will delve more deeply into the fundamentals of both biology and bioprocess engineering, putting in place the foundations to be able to integrate these disciplines.

In Year 3, you will begin to focus on real-world bioprocessing problems and have the opportunity to spend nine months in industry as part of our industrial training programme (INTRA).

In Year 4, you will continue to develop your ability to integrate biology and bioprocess engineering. You will complete an industry-focused research project and take part in a team-based product innovation challenge. You will also contribute to a research-focused journal club with your fellow students and your lecturers.

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Advance Entry Applicants only. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 06th November to the 01st July.

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