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Engineering - Biopharmaceutical Engineering

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)


Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical manufacturing are key sectors in the Irish economy generating over 50 per cent of GDP. This sector has seen continued and sustained success with a number of high-profile investments in recent years providing excellent job opportunities for graduates. The programme and its academic faculty are closely linked with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), which is a global centre of excellence for training and research in bioprocessing.


The MEngSc in Biopharmaceutical Engineering programme provides substantial coverage of scientific, technical, management and regulatory issues associated with this industry. The aim of this programme is to offer an internationally recognised high-quality flexible curriculum, which follows the latest developments in science and technology. This programme is suitable for Science and Engineering graduates wishing to obtain a qualification which is highly relevant to the biopharmaceutical industry.


Curricular information is subject to change.


Who should apply?

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No


Programme Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles involved in the development of a biopharmaceutical production process


Understand the engineering principles underlying the production of biopharmaceuticals


Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of GMP and the regulatory issues involved in biopharmaceutical production


Apply their knowledge of biopharmaceutical production processes to design, equip and manage a biopharmaceutical production factility


Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a design team for the development of a new production facility


Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the challenges involved in the downstream purification of biopharmaceuticals


Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of process control when applied to growth of mammalian cells in bioreactors


Demonstrate an appreciation of the concept and practice of independent research in specialised topics in biopharmaceutical engineering


Apply their knowledge of biopharmaceutical production processes to design, equip and manage a biopharmaceutical production factility


Demonstrate an appreciation of the concept and practice of independent research in specialised topics in biopharmaceutical engineering


Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of GMP and the regulatory issues involved in biopharmaceutical production


Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the challenges involved in the downstream purification of biopharmaceuticals


Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of process control when applied to growth of mammalian cells in bioreactors


Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles involved in the development of a biopharmaceutical production process


Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a design team for the development of a new production facility


Understand the engineering principles underlying the production of biopharmaceuticals

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering, Science or Technology programme. However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and relevant or extensive work experience will be taken into account, so that in certain exceptional cases an award at a lower level or a 2.2 classification may be considered.


Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent. For more information please click here.


Students must be working full-time in the Pharma/Biopharma or a related sector.

Duration

2 years part time.


Class times for two year part time version:

Classes take place every Friday afternoon (during UCD term time) between 14.00 - 18.00 at the NIBRT facility, Belfield Campus, UCD.

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity

Your career opportunities upon graduation from this programme are exemplary. Ireland is a world player in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production. The pharmaceutical industry in Ireland comprises a mix of international and local companies. Approximately, 120 overseas companies have plants in Ireland, including many of the largest pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in the world including AbbVie, Amgen, Biomarin, BMS, Genzyme, GSK, Janssen Biologics (Ireland), Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron, Roche, Sanofi Shire, and many more. Upon graduation from this programme, you will enjoy an extremely high job placement rate with superlative career opportunities.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katie O'Neill

Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

Bioreactor Modelling and Control

CHEN40060

Bioprocessing Laboratory

CHEN40090

Facility Design and Operation

CHEN40110

Biopharmaceutical Industry Regulation and Management

CHEN40120

Bioprocess Scale-up and Technology Transfer

CHEN40130

Biopharmaceutical Engineering Project

CHEN40140

Lean Sigma Biopharma Process

CHEN40480

Bioprocess Design

CHEN40530

Bioanalytical Science for Biopharma

CHEN40630

Biotechnology & Biopharma

CHEN40670

Downstream Processing & Sterile Fill Finish (PT)

CHEN40710

Principles of Biopharmaceutical Engineering (PT)

CHEN40720

Animal Cell Culture Technology (PT)

CHEN40730

Regulatory Affairs in Science

PHAR40240

Comment

Vision and Values Statement

The MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering programme provides intensive training in the requisite skills for a professional engineer or scientist in the biopharmaceutical or related sector. The programme provides substantial coverage of the scientific, technical, management and regulatory issues associated with this industry.


The programme's teaching methods are highly interactive and varied and student learning is assessed using a variety of assessment methodology including exams, assignments, case studies and presentations. Students complete a research project which consolidates their basic knowledge of the course content and provides intensive research experience and training. The course content addresses the principal scientific and engineering challenges involved in the design, operation and management of biopharmaceutical production facilities.


It is anticipated that graduates from this programme will play an important role in the development, design and operation of biopharmaceutical processes throughout the industry in the coming years.


Related Programmes

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering PT

MEngSc Chemical Engineering FT

MSc Biotechnology FT


Facilities and Resources

This programme is closely linked with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), which is a global centre of excelllence for training and research in bioprocessing. NIBRT offers a quality training and research experience not previously possible anywhere in the world. At the heart of the NIBRT building is the bioprocessing pilot plant, consisting of extensive upstream, downstream, fill-finish and the associated analytical facilities. These facilities are all operated in a realistic GMP simulated, operational manufacturing environment.

Application date

How to apply?

The following entry routes are available:

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering PT (T015)


Duration

2 Years


Attendance

Part Time


Deadline

Rolling *


* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering (T015) Part Time

EU Year 1 - € 6195

EU Year 2 - € 6000 aa

EU Year 3 - € 2000 vb

nonEU Year 1 - € 12800

nonEU Year 2 - € 12400 aa

nonEU Year 3 - € 5950 vb


aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20

vbThird Year Fee applies to Students in 3rd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2018/19

***Fees are subject to change


Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see http://www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/scholarshipsfinances/scholarships/


The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see: www.ucd.ie/eacollege/study/noneuscholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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