Master MEngSc Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering

  • Blended
  • 24 months
  • EUR6000 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    EUR1100 per Module (National

    Tuition fee for the domestic students.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Cork, Ireland
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.

This course a modular 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

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline July
Tuition fee
  • EUR6000 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • EUR1100 per module ( National

    Tuition fee for the domestic students.

Start date , August 2017 next intake :September
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS

In Part I, students take 12 taught modules to the value of 60 credits. Part II consists of a Research Thesis to the value of 30 credits.

Credits 5 per taught module

In Part I, students take 12 taught modules to the value of 60 credits. Part II consists of a Research Thesis to the value of 30 credits.

Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode Blended
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 60 months
Part-time variant Weekend
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

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 2013/14

PE6010 Pharmaceutical Engineering

PE6011Biopharmaceutical Engineering

PE6012 Pharmaceutical Process Equipment; Materials and Mechanical Design

PE6013 Powder and Particle Technology and Unit Operations

PE6014 Chemical Kinetics, Reactor Design and Bioreactor Engineering

PE6015Environmental Engineering in the Pharmaceutical Sector

PE6023 Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Utilities

Offered in 2014/1

CM6010 Introductory Pharmaceutical Chemistry

PE6016 Pharmaceutical Industry; Manufacturing and Optimisation

PE6017 Pharmaceutical Plant Design and Project Management

PE6018 Pharmaceutical Process Validation and Quality

PE6019 Process Analytical Technology

PE6020 Safety in the Pharmaceutical Industry

PE6022Aseptic Manufacturing Design

PF6302 Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science

Part II

PE6021 Minor Research Thesis

English Language Requirements

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Entry 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 College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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