Immunotherapeutics (M.Sc)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time  
15 Places


Course Overview

Thank you for your interest in the MSc in Immunotherapeutics. The programme intake for September 2024 is now full and we will now longer be taking anymore applications. 

This one-year Masters course in Immunotherapeutics is an innovative and multidisciplinary postgraduate degree taught by leading academics in the field of Immunology with guest speakers from the biopharma industry.

Students will learn about the immune system in cancer, autoimmunity, infection and neurodegeneration, and how cutting-edge immunotherapies are revolutionising the treatment of life-threatening and debilitating diseases. This course also includes the study of the exciting technologies of DNA / RNA vaccines, antibody, stem cell and CAR T-cell therapies, as well as immune-checkpoint blockade.

Additionally, skills in business development, innovation, entrepreneurship and communication will be taught and bioprocessing in the National Institute for Bioprocessing, Research and Training (NIBRT) at their state-of- the-art facility.

A key component of the course is the six-month industry placement to be completed by each student in collaboration with an academic staff member.

Is This Course For Me?

The M.Sc. in Immunotherapeutics is open to scientific, medical, dentistry, veterinary, and engineering graduates who wish to obtain in-depth knowledge of Immunotherapeutics, fundamental immunology and the technologies that underpin immunotherapeutic development. This programme is particularly suitable for graduates who wish to work in high-level jobs in the Biopharma industry or continue further academic research.

Career Opportunities

To date, graduates of the M.Sc. programme in Immunotherapeutics have a 100% employment rate in careers such as R&D, communications, sales, marketing and regulatory affairs. The School of Biochemistry & Immunology is at the forefront of immunological research worldwide, with Clarivate analytics describing three Trinity immunologists in the top 1% of researchers worldwide based on number of citations.

The M.Sc. in Immunotherapeutics has a strong industry and entrepreneurial focus and is designed to provide graduates with analytical, innovation, communication and teamwork skills required for a successful career in the Immunotherapeutic / Biopharma industry or further academic research.

This Masters course has been designed in collaboration with the Biopharma industry in Ireland. Industry partners who provide to teaching and project placements include Merk Sharp & Dohme, Bristol Myers Squib, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, fusion antibodies, Avectas, Inflection Biosciences, Seroba Life Sciences, Carrick Therapeutics, Pfizer, HPRA, Charles Rivers Laboratories, APC, ICON.

The world’s 10 largest biopharma companies operate in Ireland, with employment in the sector growing fivefold in the last 30 years.

Course Structure

Students take modules totaling 90 ECTS, which consist of 60 ECTS taught modules and a 30 ECTS project placement and dissertation. Students will partake in a six-month project placement in a relevant industry in collaboration with an academic member of staff.

Course Content

The following modules are mandatory and make up the taught components of the course: Fundamental Immunology; Bioprocessing; Advanced ImmunoTechnologies; Immunotherapeutics; Computational Immunology; Research in Action; and Innovation and Drug Development.

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Study Immunotherapeutics (M.Sc.) at Trinity

Dr Jerrard Hayes, course director of the Immunotherapeutics programme, School of Biochemistry & Immunology, gives an overview of Master's in Immunotherapeutics.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

15 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Professor Cliona O’Farrelly/Assistant Professor Jerrard Hayes

Closing Date

31st July 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applicants will normally be required to hold at least upper second-class Honours degree (2.1) or higher in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Biochemistry or a related subject.

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8964712


Register Your Interest

Register your interest in studying at Ireland’s leading university, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

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Increased understanding of the immune system has led to breakthrough immunotherapies that promise to be game changers for the way many diseases are treated. At such an exciting time for new approaches, this programme will provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the development, manufacturing and ultimately the full potential of these new therapeutics.

Shirley O’Dea

Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Avectas Ltd.