Course Overview

This course gives Microbiology graduates a thorough training in a range of practical analytical techniques and ancillary skills necessary for careers in manufacturing and service industries. It particularly applies to the healthcare, food, biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors. Different discipline resources within the University are used to create a modular course that covers such diverse but essential disciplines as Analytical Microbiological Techniques, Introduction to Business, and Statistics.

Special features

  • Core microbiological laboratory sessions help learning and selfdevelopment through their unique structure.
  • These laboratory sessions are structured into a microbiological ‘start-up company’, with each class member contributing by way of practical, real-life, work skills.
  • Each student also develops a Quality Management System within these start-up company sessions.

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 records, relevant past experience, personal statement in the application and performance at interview. Short-listed candidates are invited for interview in July.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December.

Semester Two exams: April/May. A range of assessment methods are integrated and applied throughout the programme. These include project reports, continuous assessment of practical course work, research project work and oral presentations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold an honours primary degree (NQAI Level 8 degree, or equivalent international qualification) in science or a related subject, with an appropriate background in biological sciences that includes Microbiology up to and including third year level. Candidates with three years’ relevant and appropriate practical experience will also be considered. IELTS score of 6.5+ (with not less than 5.5 in any one component).

Additional Requirements


9 months

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

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PAC code


Course Outline

The Microbiology aspect of the course concentrates on identifying the industrial requirements in the Microbiology sector and provides training to meet these. Short, intensive courses advance participants’ training in Quality Management Standards (GMP, GLP, HACCP), Documentation Control, Processes Validation, Microbiology Skills, Environmental Monitoring, Cleanroom Technology, Parenterals Products, QA & QC, Industrial Bioprocesses, Cell Culture, Immunological Methodology, and DNA Methodology. In association with these, is a laboratory-based Quality Management System, a laboratory-based research project, reading assignments, tutorials and preparation of reports. The microbiological components of the course are complemented with short intensive courses in general vocational skills, such as business appreciation and management methods, accounting, marketing, effective communication and statistics.

Modules for 2014-15

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Required MG529: Introduction To Business

Required MI5102: Industrial Microbiology

Required MI5104: Analytical Microbiology

Required MI857: Laboratory Quality Management Systems

Required MI5101: Quality Management Systems

Required MI5103: Advanced Industrial Processes

Required MI5105: DNA and Immuno Diagnostic Technology

Required MI853: Project

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Over 95% of graduates are employed in a variety of leading biotechnology, pharmaceutical healthcare and food-based industries, including Abbott Ireland, Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland, Boston Scientific Ireland, Elan Corporation, Fort Dodge Laboratories Ireland, Green Isle Foods and Medtronic AVE Ireland. Positions of employment include R&D Scientist, Quality Control (QC) Analyst, Quality Assurance (QA), Microbiologist, Production Supervisor, Food Analyst, Validation Scientist, Documentation Officer, Research Assistant and Production Biochemist.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,690 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€6,466 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2017/18
For further information on postgraduate funding opportunities and scholarships see here

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