UCC Postgraduate courses

Engineering - Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Engineering - Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering

  • Code

    CKR35

  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    Minimum of 24 months, maximum of 60 months

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    MEngSc

  • EU Fees 2019

    Year 1 (Part 1: 30 Credits) €4,500; Year 2 (Part 1: 30 Credits) €4,500; Year 2, Dissertation, €4,000; Per 5 Credit Module €1,000
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €22,000

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Late applications currently being accepted.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    6th September 2019

Course Outline

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.

The modules currently offered are:

Part I
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) 

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

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

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.

Modules

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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University 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

Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of period exams.

Who teaches this course?

Staff from the Department of Process and Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemistry, School of Pharmacy and a number of guest lecturers from industry.

Why Choose This Course

Read comments from recent graduates of the programme, provided as part of the formal feedback process for the programme:

Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering Graduate

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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.

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.

Requirements

  • 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.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

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

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is Year 1 (Part 1: 30 Credits) €4,500; Year 2 (Part 1: 30 Credits) €4,500; Year 2, Dissertation, €4,000; Per 5 Credit Module €1,000.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €22,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

All Applicants

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view from here CKR35 MEngSc Pharma & Biopharma Engineering Supplementary Question. All required documentation must either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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