Engineering - Bioprocess Engineering

MSc in Bioprocess Engineering
IntroductionThe M.Sc. is an interactive and dynamic programme that will develop your knowledge and appreciation of the conceptual and factual bases for bioprocess design and operation. It also develops your understanding of bioprocessing, particularly the structures, roles and experimental methods associated with biopharmaceuticals, their analysis, production methods and technology for monitoring and control of bioprocesses.

It provides an advanced and up-to-date academic base in the major disciplines of bioprocess engineering and fosters a range of transferable skills across a full range of relevant subjects.

The MSc in Bioprocess Engineering won the Postgraduate Course of the Year Award in Health Sciences at the Gradireland Higher Education Awards 2017 and again in 2018. The judges’ comment was as follows: "An excellent course with strong industry and inter-institutional collaborations."

Programme
This course has been designed to:
• Update and upgrade the knowledge, understanding and skills of graduates who are interested in pursuing or are currently working in the Biopharmaceutical industry.
• Retrain graduates working in related disciplines, by providing advanced level modules in the theory, analysis design and practical methodology of the rapidly evolving subjects that are associated with this sector.

Part-time students: Part-time students can complete the course anytime within a four year period, however we recommend that you take the course over two years. To complete the course within this time-frame, you should take three taught modules each semester and complete the dissertation project during a summer semester. The dissertation module opens during March each year, you may start it on the completion of six taught modules. All taught modules are self-contained and independent of each other. You may choose modules in any order you wish, however we recommend taking BE517, BE515, BE587 & BE560 in the first year as they offer a grounding in the course.

Subjects taught

Programme Academic Structure for 2023 - 2024, MSc in Bioprocess Engineering
This information is provisional & subject to change.

Full-time Programme Structure
Year 1 Core Modules:
Code Title Credit Semester Exam % CA % Resit Category
BE515 Fundamentals of Bioreaction Engineering 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE516 Bioseparations 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE527 Recombinant DNA Technology 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE560 Bioprocessing Laboratory 1 5 Semester 2 0 100 2
BE580 Introduction to Bioprocess Engineering 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE581 Bioprocess Scale Up & Technology Transfer 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE582 Animal Cell Culture Technology 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE583 Biopharmaceutical Industry Regulation & Mgt 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE584 Bioreactor Design, Modelling & Monitoring 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE585 Regulatory Affairs Sc. for Biotech Products 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE586 Formulation & Delivery of Biopharmaceuticals 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE587 Biopharmaceutical Facility Design & Operation 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE597 Bioprocess Engineering Design Project 30 Autumn Semester 0 100 2

Part-time Programme Structure
Year C Optional Modules,
Code Title Credit Semester Exam % CA % Resit Category
BE515 Fundamentals of Bioreaction Engineering 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE516 Bioseparations 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE527 Recombinant DNA Technology 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE560 Bioprocessing Laboratory 1 5 Semester 2 0 100 2
BE580 Introduction to Bioprocess Engineering 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE581 Bioprocess Scale Up & Technology Transfer 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE582 Animal Cell Culture Technology 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE583 Biopharmaceutical Industry Regulation & Mgt 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE584 Bioreactor Design, Modelling & Monitoring 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE585 Regulatory Affairs Sc. for Biotech Products 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
BE586 Formulation & Delivery of Biopharmaceuticals 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE587 Biopharmaceutical Facility Design & Operation 5 Semester 2 0 100 1
BE597 Bioprocess Engineering Design Project 30 Autumn Semester 0 100 2

Entry requirements

Requirements
This programme is targeted at industry based students or anyone who wishes to move from small molecule manufacturing to bio-pharma. For example, in cases where a student has more than three years industry experience in a related field.

The programme will be open to graduates and those currently working in industry with an honours degree (minimum second class honours grade 2) in Science or Engineering.
Applicants who do not hold an honours degree but who have significant relevant industrial experience will also be considered, and should contact the Programme Chair to discuss this prior to applying.
International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.

Application dates

Application Deadlines
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:

Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st July 2024.
Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2024.
Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.

Application Queries
For EU applicant queries, please visit https://www.dcu.ie/registry/eu-postgraduate-taught-admissions or email postgraduateadmissions@dcu.ie

For non EU applicant queries, please visit https://www.dcu.ie/registry/international-admissions-undergraduate-and-postgraduate or email internationaladmissions@dcu.ie

Duration

Full Time - 1 Year
Part Time - continuous min 1 year.

Enrolment dates

The programme commences in September 2024

Post Course Info

Careers
As a MSc graduate you will be able to further your career with a thorough understanding of best-practice in Ireland's rapidly-growing biopharmaceutical industry. This is a highly skilled sector and graduates are in demand by all companies in the biopharmaceutical industry. It will also help you to advance your career with your current employer.

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    MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time

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