Immune Therapies (P.Grad.Dip./P.Grad.Cert.)

2 years part-time


Course Overview
This 2-year part-time postgraduate degree is the only national part-time postgraduate course in the immunotherapy field, with no other national programme offering an academic experience with this defined underlying theme of Immune Therapies and Immunotherapeutics.
A rapidly developing area in the biopharmaceutical sector, therapies that target the immune system are having remarkable success in treatments for conditions including cancer, autoimmunity, metabolic disorders and neurological conditions. This growing interest is driven by the exciting clinical benefits observed in trials of next generation DNA/RNA vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, checkpoint inhibitors, cell-based ‘living drugs’, and viral vectors.
Taught modules cover basic, advanced, clinical and cancer immunology, Immunotherapeutics, computational immunology, biostatistics, and entrepreneurship.

Is This Course For Me?

The P.Grad.Dip/P.Grad.Cert  in Immune Therapies is for you if:
• You are a professional in the biopharmaceutical industry seeking to acquire industry relevant knowledge in immune therapy design, manufacturing, and clinical use.
• You are a healthcare professional looking to acquire a deeper understanding of fundamental immunology and immunotherapy in relation to autoimmune diseases and cancer.
• You are seeking employment in a biopharmaceutical, medical communications, or clinical trial’s role.

Career Opportunities
The presence in Ireland of 9 out of the 10 world’s largest biopharma companies, all of which have interests in the area of Immune Therapies, is generating significant demand for graduates with relevant knowledge and industry-relevant skillsets.
Graduates of this course would be suited to work in the pharmaceutical industry in roles such as medical science liaison, medical information, market access, medical communications, therapeutic area specialists or clinical or basic research, to name but a few. This course also provides an excellent opportunity for scientists who wish to upskill to continue and advance to high level jobs in the Irish biopharma industry or continue in further biomedical-related research.

Course Content
.Module 1: Fundamental Immunology
Module 2: Immunopathology & Immunotherapeutic Targets
Module 3: Advanced Immunotechnologies
Module 4: Cancer Immunology & Cancer Immunotherapeutics
Module 5: Autoimmune Disease & Immunotherapeutics
Module 6: Immunotherapeutic Related Computation and Communication
Module 7: Inflammatory & Infectious Disease Immunotherapeutics
Module 8: Innovation & Creativity in Healthcare
Modules 1-4 should be attained by students for the award of Postgraduate Certificate while Modules 1-8 should be attained by students for the award of Postgraduate Diploma.
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Course Structure
Students take four modules, totalling 30 ECTS, for the award of Postgraduate Certificate with a further four modules, totalling 60 ECTS, for the award of Postgraduate Diploma.
This course will be delivered via a blended approach: 50% online and 50% in person. Lectures will also be streamed live via Blackboard Collaborate for students who cannot attend in person

Study Immune Therapies (P.Grad.Dip./P.Grad.Cert.) at Trinity

Professor Cliona O'Farrelly, School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin give an overview of the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Immune Therapies.

Course Details

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Coordinator

Dr. Mary Canavan

Course Director

Professor Cliona O’Farrelly

Closing Date

31st July 2023

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Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a 2.1 honours degree (level 8) in any bioengineering, veterinary or biology-related degree (B.Sc. Honours) or be medically qualified (MB, BCh, BAO or equivalent from a recognised medical school).

Course Fees

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