Engineering - Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering

University College Cork

Engineering - Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering

Course Outline
The Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering is a full-time programme running for 9 months or a part-time programme running for a minimum of 18 months over 2 academic years (maximum 45 months over 5 academic years) from the date of first registration for the programme. You will have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification in areas of particular topical interest to the bio/pharmaceutical industry; to upskill your competence for these important industrial sectors, 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, utilities and services, data analysis and process validation.

Students take modules to the value of 60 credits. The choice of modules is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Subjects taught


PE6004 Biopharmaceutical Support Systems (5 credits)
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)
PE6019 Process Analytical Technology (5 credits)
PE6023 Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Utilities (5 credits)
PE6027 Advanced Biopharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
CM6010 Introductory Pharmaceutical Chemistry (5 credits)
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 & Safety Engineering (5 credits)
PE6026 Project Engineering - From Concept to Completion (5 credits)
See the programme page for more information. Further details on the content are available in the Postgraduate College Calendar.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have achieved a Pass in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in engineering or equivalent.

Or a Pass in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent, ideally with some relevant industrial experience.

In all cases, the course of study for each candidate must be approved by the course coordinator.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.

Assessment Info

Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of period exams.


9 months Full-time, 18 months Part-time (over 2 years).

Enrolment dates

Start Date 6 September 2024

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.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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