Engineering - Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering
The MEngSc/PG Dip in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering are part-time modular degrees which can be taken over 24 months (for award of a Postgraduate Diploma) to 60 months. You will have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification in areas of particular concern to the bio/pharmaceutical industry that you may not have benefited from before, including issues such as product containment, powder/particle technology, design of API and secondary production facilities, current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), design of classified facilities, aseptic processing facility design and validation.
The MEngSc course is in two parts. Part I (which constitutes the PG Diploma) involves taking 12 modules to the value of ECTS 60 credits. Taught modules are offered on a cyclical basis. Six modules are taken per annum over a two year period if you opt for full registration, although the course can be taken over a maximum of five years. Part II consists of a research thesis to the value of 30 credits. The choice of modules is subject to the approval of the course coordinator.
Why Choose This Course
The aim of this course is to fill a need for the continuing professional development (CPD) and postgraduate education of engineers working in the pharmaceutical industry. This course covers issues of particular concern to the pharmaceutical industry such as product containment, powder/particle technology, design of API and secondary production facilities, current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), design of classified facilities, aseptic processing facility design, validation, etc.
Candidates must have a BE (Hons) or BEng (Hons) Degree or equivalent engineering qualification, with a minimum grade 2H2, or a level 8 BSc degree, with a minimum grade 2H2, where the BSc graduate has a recognised qualification in Process or Chemical Engineering (e.g. the Diploma in Process and Chemical Engineering at UCC or equivalent).
However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications and suitable experience may be accepted subject to the approval of the Programme Director. In all cases, the course of study for each candidate must be approved by the Programme Director.
Candidates, for whom English is not their primary language, should possess an IELTS of 6.5 (or TOEFL equivalent) with no less than 6.0 in each individual category.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
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Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of period exams.
The modules currently offered are:
Students take 60 credits from the following:
Offered in 2018/19
PE6016 Pharmaceutical Industry; Manufacturing and Optimisation (5 credits)
PE6018 Pharmaceutical Process Validation and Quality (5 credits)
PE6022 Aseptic Manufacturing Design (5 credits)
PE6024 Advanced Process Design and Safety Engineering (5 credits)
PE6025 Advanced Health & Safety Management (5 credits)
PE6026 Project Management - From Concept to Completion (5 credits)
CM6010 Introductory Pharmaceutical Chemistry (5 credits)
PF6302 Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science (5 credits)
Offered in 2019/20
PE6010 Pharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
PE6011 Biopharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
PE6012 Pharmaceutical Process Equipment, Materials and Mechanical Design (5 credits)
PE6013 Powder and Particle Technology and Unit Operations (5 credits)
PE6015 Environmental Engineering in the Pharmaceutical Sector (5 credits)
PE6019 Process Analytical Technology (5 credits)
PE6023 Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Utilities (5 credits)
PE6027 Advanced Biopharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
Part II (MEngSc only):
PE6021 Dissertation in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering (30 credits)
These are subject to change. For full course information see programme website.
Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Part-time. Minimum of 24 months, maximum of 60 months.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
This is a modular course running for a minimum of 2 years (24 months) exiting with a Postgraduate Diploma and maximum of 5 years (60 months) with the option to exit with either a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters.
Start-up sessions over two days (half a day per 5 credit module) (four contact hours per 5 credit module) (Fridays and Saturdays at end August/start September and start January)
Followed up by tutorial sessions (every two to three weeks on Saturdays) on respective modules throughout term. Tutorial sessions involve six contact hours
Complemented by regular feedback available weekly on each module during teaching period. For full programme (including timetable) information see programme website.
Start Date September 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
The course offers graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry the opportunity to further develop your skills set and employability across a wider range of roles in the industry through enhanced continuing professional development.
Through the opportunities provided by participation on the programme, you are provided with opportunities to enable greater cohesion and understanding among inter-and multi-disciplinary teams while earning a formal qualification in engineering.