Biopharmaceutical Engineering

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MEngSc in Biopharmaceutical Engineering programme provides substantial coverage of scientific, technical, management and regulatory issues associated with this industry. The aim of this programme is to offer an internationally recognised high-quality flexible curriculum, which follows the latest developments in science and technology. This programme is suitable for Science and Engineering graduates wishing to obtain a qualification which is highly relevant to the biopharmaceutical industry.

Curricular information is subject to change.

Vision and Values Statement
The MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering programme provides intensive training in the requisite skills for a professional engineer or scientist in the biopharmaceutical or related sector. The programme provides substantial coverage of the scientific, technical, management and regulatory issues associated with this industry.

The programme's teaching methods are highly interactive and varied and student learning is assessed using a variety of assessment methodology including exams, assignments, case studies and presentations. Students complete a research project which consolidates their basic knowledge of the course content and provides intensive research experience and training. The course content addresses the principal scientific and engineering challenges involved in the design, operation and management of biopharmaceutical production facilities.

It is anticipated that graduates from this programme will play an important role in the development, design and operation of biopharmaceutical processes throughout the industry in the coming years.

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Bioprocessing Laboratory CHEN40090
Facility Design and Operation CHEN40110
Biopharmaceutical Industry Regulation and Management CHEN40120
Bioprocess Scale-up and Technology Transfer CHEN40130
Biopharmaceutical Engineering Project CHEN40140
Lean Sigma Biopharma Process CHEN40480
Bioanalytical Science for Biopharma CHEN40630
Commissioning & Qualification CHEN40640
Research Methodologies CHEN40650
Biotechnology & Biopharma CHEN40670
Downstream Processing & Sterile Fill Finish (PT) CHEN40710
Principles of Biopharmaceutical Engineering (PT) CHEN40720
Animal Cell Culture Technology (PT) CHEN40730

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering, Science or Technology programme. However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and relevant or extensive work experience will be taken into account.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent. For more information please click here.

Students must be working full-time in the Pharma/Biopharma or a related sector.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering PT (T015)
Duration 2 Years Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


2 years part time.

Class times for two year part time version: Classes take place every Friday afternoon (during UCD term time) between 14.00 - 18.00 at the NIBRT facility, Belfield Campus, UCD.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
Your career opportunities upon graduation from this programme are exemplary. Ireland is a world player in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production. The pharmaceutical industry in Ireland comprises a mix of international and local companies. Approximately, 120 overseas companies have plants in Ireland, including many of the largest pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in the world including AbbVie, Amgen, Biomarin, BMS, Genzyme, GSK, Janssen Biologics (Ireland), Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron, Roche, Sanofi Shire, and many more. Upon graduation from this programme, you will enjoy an extremely high job placement rate with superlative career opportunities.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Afternoon,Daytime

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