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Advanced Therapeutic Technologies

BSc Advanced Therapeutic Technologies (Hons)
School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Why study Advanced Therapeutic Technologies?

Do you want to become a future-focused scientist?

Are you interested in biology and health science, love maths and technology and want to research and develop the latest medicines, treatments and health technologies? And as a highly sought graduate work in the thriving (bio)pharma industry in Ireland. If so, this is the course for you. 

RCSI has reimagined university science education to develop the next generation of future scientists capable of innovating and collaborating to deliver ground-breaking therapeutic medicines and technologies to address current and future global healthcare needs. This science degree is focused on the latest scientific discoveries and goes beyond learning each step of the drug lifecycle process as it also layers in advanced therapeutics and technologies and the new discipline of precision medicine that personalises treatment for patients through genetic profiling. 

Ireland is seen as a pharma hub on a global scale as it's the world's third largest exporter of pharmaceuticals, with nine out of ten of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies established in Ireland. You will gain a clear understanding of the pharma end-to-end ecosystem and be able to apply for a number of exciting roles in the ever-growing (bio)pharma industry in Ireland and beyond. 

Three key pillars of this science degree 

  1. Firstly, gain extensive workplace relevant scientific knowledge in both traditional sciences and the latest advancements in medical therapies, treatments and technologies.
  2. Secondly you 'Learn and Do' with significant curricular focus on hands-on practical laboratory skills and data analysis using both wet and dry lab experiments as well as exclusive NIBRT* training. 
  3. Finally, we focus on developing your power skills: communication, collaboration, project management and team work to bring all you have learnt together so you are workplace ready.

*The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) – a global leader in biopharmaceutical manufacturing training and research.

What makes this science degree different?

  • Develop advanced scientific knowledge in the areas of genetics/genomics and precision medicine

  • Develop core power skills in communication, collaboration, innovation, and leadership to enable career readiness

  • Learn how to use programming languages including R and Python to analyse big data in a health setting
  • During your eight-month industry work placement in Year 3, you will get to demonstrate, apply and further develop technical knowledge, power skills and competencies in a real work setting and build your professional network. 
  • Understand how cutting-edge connected health technologies and AI/machine learning are used to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes

Check out a recent article in The Irish Times about this exciting science degree here.

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Dara Alero Anthony

"With this course, I have learnt so much, from human anatomy to biostatistics. I especially love learning about drug formulation and the pharmaceutics and pharmacology lectures are so interesting, and I leave the lectures with something new."

Dara Alero Anthony, BSc Advanced Therapeutic Technologies
Ingrid Radu

"The labs where we work are fascinating and really help to further explain the content that is taught in the lectures. I never thought I’d enjoy learning how to code – I love how I was given independence within the workshops to analyse the data myself."

Ingrid Radu, BSc Advanced Therapeutic Technologies
Aisha Betro

"What I have enjoyed most is the diverse range of modules taught, from human anatomy and physiology to data analysis. This has given me the opportunity to explore many disciplines and opens doors to many opportunities in the future."

Aisha Betro, BSc Advanced Therapeutic Technologies

This project has been supported by the Higher Education Authority under the Human Capital Initiative, Pillar 3. Grant agreement: 17796884 ‘Enabling Future Pharma’.