MSc (Biotechnology)—full-time and part-time

College of Science

Course overview

The MSc Biotechnology programme aims to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience that are needed to pursue a successful career in biotechnology. The course focuses on the adaptation and application of biological processes for commercial and industrial use. This course would be suitable for graduates with a primary degree in the Biological Sciences who wish to extend their knowledge and skills for a career in the biotechnology sector.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold at least a Second Class Honours, Level 8 (or equivalent international qualification) primary degree in Science or a related subject, with a strong background in Biological Sciences. Candidates with a suitable primary degree without honours and three years relevant and appropriate practical experience may also be considered. For applicants whose native language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 6.0 is required, with not less than 5.5 in any one component.

Duration: 1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 8 (full-time) 1–2 (part-time)

Closing date: 5 June 2015

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

BioProcess Technology: the technology of culturing cells and unicellular organisms for biological molecule production.

Genetic Technology: tools and techniques for genetic analysis and applications to food and healthcare industries.

Immunodiagnostics: the generation of antibodies and development of antibody-based technologies for application in diagnostic and research laboratories.

Pharmacology: a fundamental understanding of how drugs work and how they are discovered and developed.

Protein Technology: how protein synthesis and function have been enhanced to produce biopharmaceutical and industrial proteins on a commercial scale.

Quality Management Systems: quality management systems are essential for the efficient and safe running of commercial and industrial biotechnology enterprises.

Introduction to Business: fundamental concepts of marketing, management and accountancy and their application in Irish and international businesses.

Introduction to Biotechnology: students develop transferable skills necessary for successful careers in biotechnology.

Research Project: four-month laboratory project with an academic research team on a biotechnology topic.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Selection of candidates is based on examination record, previous relevant experience, personal statement and performance at interview. Short-listed candidates are invited for interview in June/July.


Requirements and assessment

Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment, written exams, and research project thesis.

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PAC code

GYS04, full-time
GYS05, part-time

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,815 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €6,591 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

Graduate profile

Mona Connolly

MSc Biotechnology Graduate (2010)

"The MSc in Biotechnology at NUI Galway opens up doors for anyone who does not know how they would like to apply their scientific knowledge in the workforce. I completed the course in 2010 and it was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding years of my college life. I got more from the course than I ever expected. You get a taste of everything, from lectures in immunology to marketing, so each day I was learning something new. Although it was a taught masters, it was very much group work orientated with lots of student-lecturer interaction. For my 4 month lab-based research project I was working with nanoparticles, a next generation technology that is at the forefront of modern biotechnology. I worked with microbiologists, physicists, and molecular biologists and met the most helpful and enthusiastic people that clearly have a love for science. Everyone in the department from the lab technicians to the lectures to the course co-ordinators are very approachable and there is a very good relationship between the masters students and the staff. The knowledge and experience I have gained doing the programme at NUI Galway has enabled me to work anywhere in the world. I am currently working in a research lab in Madrid, experiencing a new culture while doing what I love in the lab!” 

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