Engineering - Biopharmaceutical Engineering

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

Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical manufacturing are key sectors in the Irish economy generating over 50 per cent of GDP. This sector has seen continued and sustained success with a number of high-profile investments in recent years providing excellent job opportunities for graduates. The programme and its academic faculty are closely linked with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), which is a global centre of excellence for training and research in bioprocessing.

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.

This programme has an excellent employment record. It equips graduates with an internationally recognised qualification and the knowledge and skills to obtain a high level professional career in the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical and related sectors.

Curricular information is subject to change.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Programme Outcomes
Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles involved in the development of a biopharmaceutical production process

Understand the engineering principles underlying the production of biopharmaceuticals

Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of GMP and the regulatory issues involved in biopharmaceutical production

Apply their knowledge of biopharmaceutical production processes to design, equip and manage a biopharmaceutical production factility

Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a design team for the development of a new production facility

Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the challenges involved in the downstream purification of biopharmaceuticals

Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of process control when applied to growth of mammalian cells in bioreactors

Demonstrate an appreciation of the concept and practice of independent research in specialised topics in biopharmaceutical engineering

Apply their knowledge of biopharmaceutical production processes to design, equip and manage a biopharmaceutical production factility

Demonstrate an appreciation of the concept and practice of independent research in specialised topics in biopharmaceutical engineering

Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of GMP and the regulatory issues involved in biopharmaceutical production

Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the challenges involved in the downstream purification of biopharmaceuticals

Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of process control when applied to growth of mammalian cells in bioreactors

Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles involved in the development of a biopharmaceutical production process

Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a design team for the development of a new production facility

Understand the engineering principles underlying the production of biopharmaceuticals

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, so that in certain exceptional cases an award at a lower level or a 2.2 classification may be considered.

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.

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Animal Cell Culture Technology (FT)
CHEN40040
Bioreactor Modelling and Control
CHEN40060
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
Downstream Processing
CHEN40460
Lean Sigma Biopharma Process
CHEN40480
Bioprocess Design
CHEN40530
Bioanalytical Science for Biopharma
CHEN40630
Regulatory Affairs in Science
PHAR40240

Stage 1 - Option
Principles of Biopharmaceutical Engineering (FT)
CHEN40020
Biotechnology & Biopharma
CHEN40670

Credits

90

Duration

1 year full time.

Fees

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering (T070) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8085
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see http://www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/scholarshipsfinances/scholarships/.

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see: www.ucd.ie/eacollege/study/noneuscholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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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    MEngSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Daytime

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