MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering PT (T015)

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.

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.

Curricular information is subject to change

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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.



  • 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


Stage 1

T015 MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering PT is a 90-Credit, Part-time Programme. Students must complete 90 credits over the course of their degree. Students register for 30 credits in Year 1 and 60 credits in Year 2.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Year 1 Students must select all 6 modules in the module list
     
CHEN40480 Lean Sigma Biopharma Process Autumn 5
CHEN40670 Biotechnology & Biopharma Autumn 5
CHEN40720 Principles of Biopharmaceutical Engineering (PT) Autumn 5
CHEN40090 Bioprocessing Laboratory Spring 5
CHEN40710 Downstream Processing & Sterile Fill Finish (PT) Spring 5
CHEN40730 Animal Cell Culture Technology (PT) Spring 5
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Year 1 Students must select all 6 modules in the module list
     
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Year 2 Students must select all 7 modules in the module list.
     
CHEN40110 Facility Design and Operation Autumn 5
CHEN40120 Biopharmaceutical Industry Regulation and Management Autumn 5
CHEN40630 Bioanalytical Science for Biopharma Autumn 5
CHEN40130 Bioprocess Scale-up and Technology Transfer Spring 5
CHEN40640 Commissioning & Qualification Spring 5
CHEN40650 Research Methodologies Spring 5
CHEN40140 Biopharmaceutical Engineering Project Summer 30
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Year 2 Students must select all 7 modules in the module list.
     
See the UCD Assessment website for further details

Module Weighting Info  
  Award GPA
Programme Module Weightings Rule Description Description >= <=
MTEMP001 Stage 1 - 100.00%
Standard Honours Award First Class Honours

3.68

4.20

Second Class Honours, Grade 1

3.08

3.67

Second Class Honours, Grade 2

2.48

3.07

Pass

2.00

2.47


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