Product Design Control - Online

The majority of companies today operate in changeable industries adapting to customer needs, promoting innovation, regulatory requirements and staying competitive. Due to these challenges, today's products are continually changing, e.g., making them lighter, smaller, faster, smarter. This has increased the demand for product development professionals such as engineers (mechanical, reliability, human factors, software), product/project managers, quality, risk management, and regulatory compliance leaders. The aim of the Level 9 Masters in Product Design Control Management is to equip learners with the competence to learn the primary concepts of product design control and the necessary skills needed to be successful in product development in a regulated environment. Particular focus on intended use, user needs, design input, design verification, design validation and design transfer. Learners will have the knowledge and skills to manage and contribute to each design stage: development planning, identifying design inputs, developing design outputs, verifying that design outputs meet design inputs, validating the design output meets the user needs, reviewing and approving design changes. Participating in design reviews, writing and approving design verification/validation plans, protocols and reports, and finally transferring the design to production, maintaining the product while meeting quality and regulatory standards. While also understanding the importance and role of Risk Management through each stage of the design development process.

100% Online over 2 years.

This Masters of Science is delivered online and designed as an innovative multi- tiered programme to address the needs and requirements of industry-based learners and making education more accessible.

Number of Weeks: 12 weeks per semester

Number of Days/Evenings per week: Three

Delivery Day/Evening: Semester 1 &2: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Semester 3& 4: Wednesday (subject to change).

Number of Hours per day/evening: 3 hours

Times: 6:30pm to 9:30pm or 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Contact hours: 9 hours per week per semesters 1&2, then 2 hours in semesters 3&4.

Lectures will be delivered 100% online via Moodle/MSTeams. Lectures will be recorded and available to watch back.

What will the time commitment be?
Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?

Semester 1
Process Design Standards and Regulatory Affairs Credits: 10
Product Design Control Credits: 10
Title: Quality Management Credits: 10

Semester 2
Design Verification and Validation Credits: 10
Product Risk Management Credits: 10
Project Management Credits: 10

Semester 3 & Semester 4 - Year-Long Module
Dissertation Credits: 30

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?
Students can transfer from the Postgraduate Diploma in Product Design Control (and complete Dissertation only)

Full programme:
A minimum honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in any discipline.


A minimum ordinary bachelor degree (Level 7) in any discipline with minimum two years relevant work-based experience and/or ability, evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning


Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language for example IELTS 6.0


2 years

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What are the career prospects?
This programme will enhance a learner's career in manufacturing, R&D and regulated companies by developing increasing levels of competence, professionalism, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making necessary to work in the regulated industry. This equips graduates to work in regulatory affairs, quality or/and engineering and science environments. There are multiple roles a graduate from the programme can seek in areas such as: Product Design Control, Design Control, Product Risk Management, R&D Engineer, Design Assurance Engineer, Product Manager, Regulatory Engineer, Validation Engineer, Quality Engineers, Quality Control, Quality Management, Regulatory affairs Management, Project Engineer, Product Management and Process Engineer.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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