Biotechnology encompasses all aspects of the industrial application of living organisms and/ or biological techniques. It is a collection of technologies that capitalise on the attributes of cells and biological molecules, such as DNA, to work for us. Ireland has experienced massive growth across the Biotechnology sector including Food, Environmental and Pharmaceutical industries in the last decade. Ireland is home to nine of the top 10 world pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Genzyme, with seven of the 10 world blockbuster pharmaceuticals made here. The MSc in Biotechnology and Business is an exciting programme designed for non-business graduates who want to become managers or entrepreneurs in complex business environments in technology and science-based fields. The MSc in Biotechnology and Business provides you with a solid knowledge of techniques used in modern biotechnology including hands-on experience of bioprocessing. You will also receive a comprehensive business education. You will learn to identify and solve business problems in local and international settings, enhance your communication and leadership skills, and improve your ability for independent thinking and developing creative solutions. The programme is the result of a close collaboration between the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, which is Ireland’s leading business school.
The programme is the result of a close collaboration between the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, which is Ireland’s leading business school.
Course Content and Structure
90 credits 70 credits 20 credits taught masters taught modules group business plan research project You will spend 50% of your time studying biotechnology and 50% of your time studying business. You may choose optional biotechnology modules to ensure that you specialise in your area of interest. Depending on your chosen subjects you will also gain experimental and theoretical knowledge in the following topics: • Drug Discovery • Medical Device Technology • Biomedical Diagnostics • Regulatory Affairs • Bioprocessing • Marketing Management • Corporate Finance • Entrepreneurship • Business plan development • Biotechnology Case Study
This advanced graduate degree in Biotechnology and Business 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 business development plan which will allow graduates to develop connections with prospective employers, thereby enhancing chances of employment on graduation. Prospective employers include: Abbott; Allergan; Alpha Technologies; Amgen; Avonmore Foods; Baxter Healthcare; Beckman Coulter; Biotrin International Ltd.; Boston Scientifi c; Elan Corporation; Eli Lilly and Co.; Celltech; GlaxoSmithKline; Icon Clinical Research; ImmunoGen Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd.; Johnson & Johnson Ltd.; Kerry Group Plc.; Medtronic; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Olympus Diagnostica; Quintiles; Quest International; Sandoz.; Seroba Kernel; Serology Ltd.
Facilities and Resources
The UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science is closely linked to the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, which provides cutting-edge core technologies including the premier Mass Spectrometry resource in the country, NMR spectroscopy, real-time PCR, electron microscopy, light microscopy, digital pathology and fl ow cytometry.
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