Taught course

Biopharmaceutical Engineering

Queen's University Belfast · School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry or closely allied subject.

Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2024.

However, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline.

Months of entry


Course content

Biopharmaceutical products are highly important in today’s global healthcare systems in treating illnesses and disease. The industry in the British Isles has seen significant investment, particularly in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) where there has been capital investment of approximately £7.97 billion in new facilities, mostly in the last 10 years. The global market for biopharmaceuticals was valued at £149 billion in 2017, and is projected to reach £419 billion by 2025, growing at an annual rate of 13.8% from 2018 to 2025. As a result, over 30,000 highly skilled people are currently employed in Ireland north and south with new companies setting up facilities in RoI every year. The increased uptake of skilled biopharmaceutical employees has necessitated the need for a high quality education in this sector.

Queen’s University Belfast School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering has a proven track record for delivering high quality teaching and research. This programme will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to work in the field of biopharmaceutical production, separation and purification by applying fundamental science and engineering principles. Through studying this postgraduate taught MSc, graduates will be able to gain a highly relevant qualification which will give them employability on an international level.
Through the use of theory and mathematical approaches to engineering problems, students will understand and become skilled in the development of systems which can facilitate biopharmaceuticals production and their subsequent purification.
This course is run in collaboration with our industrial partner Eli Lilly, a global company with excellent standing in the field of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production and commercialisation. A collaborative course of this nature is the first of its kind in the British Isles and will provide students with real-world knowledge of how these systems are operated in an industrial setting through the case studies and first-hand knowledge imparted by the academics and industry staff delivering the course.

Industry Links

This course is run in collaboration with the (bio)pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, whose staff teach a full module on the MSc. This will grant you access to the knowledge and experience of individuals who work in the industry.

Internationally Renowned Experts

You will be taught by experts in the field of medicinal chemistry, chemical engineering, separation science and industry experts who work in Lilly. Having this level of expertise will greatly enhance your understanding and experience of the course.

World Class Facilities

The state-of-the-art pharmaceutical analysis suite in our School will be the base for some of the practical aspects of the core modules in the MSc. This will allow you to see and experience hands-on separation science as it applies to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.

Student Experience

The mix of lectures and interactive workshops within the course means that learning and understanding will be reinforced through group work - projects will be completed on a group basis. Furthermore, there will be opportunities to have on-site visits to Kinsale where the company is based (subject to visa requirements being met, where applicable).

Information for international students

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at www.qub.ac.uk/Study/international-students/international-scholarships.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £7,300 Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £7,300 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,250 EU Other 3 £25,800 International £25,800

1EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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