Cell and gene therapy was identified as the most exciting therapeutic innovation by 79% of the 151 international biopharmaceutical manufacturers surveyed by the NIBRT, the Irish National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (Trends in Manufacturing Report).
The same organizations have difficulty filling available positions, specifically citing the need to hire bioprocess engineers and automation engineers. The primary objectives of the MSc in Cellular Manufacturing & Therapy at the National University of Ireland Galway is to A) provide formal training in cellular bioprocessing for clinical application and B) cultivating a rigorous scientific underpinning for the development of a cellular therapy. The course curriculum balances the scientific aspects of cellular therapy (in 3 modules), bioprocessing and manufacturing regulation (in 2 modules) and offers optional modules in cancer biology, business, clinical trials and bio-ethics. A student’s practical skills are developed beyond the classroom laboratory activities with supplemental activities such as workshops in sterile gowning and a 4-month work or laboratory placement, thereby gaining research or enterprise-centric skills. When launching, this MSc programme was the first of its kind worldwide.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
12 Months (1 Year) Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- Potential employers are seeking graduates of this course to fill gaps in their current staffing.
- Our graduates have successfully secured employment as plant technologists, production assistants, manufacturing biotech associates, cell culture scientists.
- Historically, our students were placed in organizations such as the Centre for Cellular Manufacturing Ireland, Galway Blood and Tissue Establishment.
- They are employed by world leading organizations such as Takeda, Autolus, NUI Galway, Fuji Diosynth Biotechnologies, Avectas, Abace-Biology and Charles River laboratories.
How to Apply
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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:
- Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
- Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- A copy of your passport
- Personal Statement
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
Students must have completed one of the following ;
1) An undergraduate degree in medicine, pharmacy, manufacturing, biology, engineering.
2) An equivalent biomedical science-related undergraduate degree with a minimum of 2nd Class Honors.
Applicants from non-biomedical science related backgrounds will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the coordinators. Students who have a degree without Honors in a related area and have 3+ years of practical experience in the subject area will also be considered for this programme.
For applicants where English is a second language, we will adhere to NUI Galway guidelines of requiring IELTS scores of 6.5, TOEFL scores of 88 and/or Pearson PTE scores of 61 with no less than 6.5 in any component.
Initially a short listing procedure will be applied to prioritize applicants. Those who do not meet the primary entry criteria as described above will be declined entry into the programme. The remaining applicants will be reviewed in closer detail. Significant weight will be placed on A) the applicant’s essay describing their motivation for applying for this course and their career aspirations following the successful completion of the MSc, B) the applicant’s referee’s comments and C) the applicant’s previous academic performance. An interview may be conducted.
Medicine (No less than 6.5 in any Component)
[This requirement applies to incoming first year students only]
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19
Special Entry Requirements
Potential employers are seeking graduates of this course to fill gaps in their current staffing. To that end, students enrolled in the MSc programme will complete a 4-month long dissertation project that will enable them to develop technical and transferable skills while networking within a successful organization. Historically, our students were placed in organizations such as the Center for Cellular Manufacturing Ireland, Galway Blood and Tissue Establishment, Charles River, Stempeutics, Avectas, Cancer Trials Ireland, Regeneron, Intas Pharmaceuticals, Aerogen, Hebei Medical University, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Hi-Tech Health and Valitacell.
Our graduates have successfully secured employment as plant technologists, production assistants, manufacturing biotech associates, cell culture scientists, cell culture technical support, in quality assurance and assay development or as research assistants. They are employed by world leading organizations such as Takeda, Autolus, NUI Galway, Fuji Diosynth Biotechnologies, Avectas, Abace-Biology and Charles River laboratories.