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Engineering - Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical

The PG Dip in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering is a part-time modular degree which can be taken over 24 months 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.

Course Details
The PGDip 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. The choice of modules is subject to the approval of the course coordinator. Candidates who achieve an average of 50% in all taught modules may apply for entry to the MEngSc to complete a thesis.

Unique Aspects of the Course
Many graduates working in the pharmaceutical industries with a scientific background find themselves working in areas which increasingly overlap with engineers and engineering. Many would like to develop an engineering-based understanding of processes and production in a formal manner. This course offers you the opportunity to do this, developing your skills set and employability across a wider range of roles.

The course also presents the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry with an opportunity to enable greater cohesion and understanding among inter- and multi-disciplinary teams as graduates with science backgrounds receive a formal qualification in engineering.

Entry requirements

◾Candidates must have achieved an NQAI Level 8 degree in engineering or equivalent.
◾Or an NQAI Level 8 BSc degree 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


2 years part-time.

This programme will be taught during weekends

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Programme Manager:
Anne-Marie McSweeney
School of Engineering, Process & Chemical Engineering, UCC
Tel: +353 (0)21 490 2389

Subjects taught

The modules currently offered are:

Part I):

Students take 60 credits from the following:

Offered in 2017/18
PE6010 Pharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
PE6011 Biopharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
PE6012 Pharmaceutical Process Equipment, Materials and Mechanical Design (5 credits)
PE6013 Powder & Particle Technology and Unit Operations (5 credits)
PE6014 Chemical Kinetics, Reactor Design and Bioreactor Engineering (5 credits)
PE6015 Environmental Engineering in the Pharmaceutical Sector (5 credits)
PE6023 Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Utilities (5 credits)

Offered in 2018/19
PE6010 Pharmaceutical Engineering (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)
PE6025 Advanced Health & Safety Management (5 credits)
PE6026 Project Management - From Concept to Completion (5 credits)
PF6302 Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science (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


Course practicalities
◾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.

Assessment method

Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of period exams.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €4,500 per year

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 1st September 2017

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