Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Pharmaceutical & Chemical Process Technology
Part time - DT275

Programme co-ordinator

Mr Paul Ashall
Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Sciences and Health
DIT Kevin Street Dublin 8
T: 01 402 4777
F: 01 402 4989
E: paul.ashall@dit.ie

School Secretary
T: 01 402 4572
F: 01 402 4989

Duration

Part Time - 2 Years (2 year cycle)

Closing date

Closed

Start date

This programme will not run this academic year.

Introduction

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

This programme is designed to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of aspects of chemical and pharmaceutical process technology so that they can apply the skills developed in the course and operate effectively in the areas of chemical development, process development and design, scale-up and technology transfer to production and process operation. It is intended for graduates in scientific or engineering disciplines who work or intend to work in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector.The part time programme will operate on a 2 year cycle.

CONVERSION PROGRAMMES

The School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at DIT run four Masters programs designed to provide a bridge for students who have qualified in science disciplines to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical and related industries.  Students interested in Quality Assurance can choose DT233 or DT237 which are offered on a full time or part time basis respectively.  Students interested in a career in Manufacturing and Technology can choose DT275 or DT276.  See course descriptions below and links to further information.

These programs are offered as CONVERSION programmse specifically aimed at science graduates interested in a career in the Pharmaceutical or related industries.  So whether your original degree was in science on the one hand, or engineering and technology on the other, you are equally likely to benefit. Due to its excellent reputation, our entrants come from a wide range of Universities from Ireland and overseas and represent all science disciplines. Each year we also have a small number of International students from both within and outside the EU. All have found the breadth, depth and rigor of this programme to be both stimulating and challenging.  In consequence, it has benefitted them greatly in developing their careers.

For more information see course summaries below or the School website at:

http://www.dit.ie/chemistry/postgraduatecourses/

DT275 MSc Pharmaceutical & Chemical Process Technology (Part Time)

This programme is designed to provide students who have a science or engineering background with knowledge and understanding of aspects of chemical and pharmaceutical processing technology so that they can apply the knowledge and skills developed in the course and operate effectively in the areas of chemical development, process design and development, scale-up and process operation in the pharmaceutical industry. It is intended for graduates in scientific or engineering disciplines who work or intend to work in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector or related sectors.

DT233 MSc Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Biotechnology (Full Time)

This programme is offered on a one year full—time basis followed by a 6 months industry based dissertation. It is designed to provide a bridge for graduates with a degree in science or related disciplines to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical sector. The programme offers a broad based curriculum covering aspects of quality assurance, auditing, manufacturing and pharmaceutical science and biotechnology.

DT237 MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Regulation (Part Time)

This programme is offered on a two year part-time basis. It is designed to consolidate, supplement and enhance the knowledge and experience of graduates currently employed in the pharmaceutical sector. It is aimed at those wishing to further their studies in aspects of quality assurance, regulation and validation.

DT276 MSc Pharmaceutical Validation Technology (Part Time)

This programme is offered on a two year part-time basis.  This course is designed to provide education at postgraduate level in aspects of pharmaceutical validation technology to scientists, engineers and other professionals who operate in the pharmaceutical industry.  It is aimed at those wishing to further their studies in aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing and validation.  The programme places a strong emphasis on integrating scientific principles and to practical case study examples for the fast-changing pharmaceutical regulatory environment.

Course Content

The course is delivered through lectures, practical work, case studies and tutorials. The programme consists of 12 taught modules (5ECTs each) and 1 project module (30 ECTs). Modules include the following:

Chemical and pharmaceutical processes
Mass and energy balances in chemical processes
Mass transfer applications
Heat transfer and heat exchanges
Distillation processes
Liquid / Liquid extraction processes
Absorption processes
Absorption processes
Reactor operation and design
Fluids
Drying
Filtration
Crystallisation
Particulate solids technology
Membrane separation processes
Process control systems
Process utilities
Materials handling
Process safety
Process design and development
Environmental management
Process validation
Pharmaceutical quality assurance
Pharmaceutical regulatory aspects
Project management
Process economics

Final module
Project

Assessment

The modes of assessment are written assignments,practical work and written project dissertation. Also examination in some taught modules.

Location

School of Chemistry and School of Control Systems and Electrical Engineering, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8

Who Should Apply?

This is a part time programme for scientists and engineers who are considering a career in the pharmachem sector or professional development in this sector, in areas such as chemical development, process design & development ,  production & manufacturing operations, material handling technologies, process control, process safety and  regulatory affairs

Timetable / Hours

The lecture programme is divided into 12 taught modules. Students will undertake the 12 taught modules over four academic semesters and the project module will normally be completed in the 5th semester. Students will have on average approximately 6 contact hours per week (two evenings) over the duration of the course. Students who successfully complete the course assessments without completing the dissertation, will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Process Technology. Students will be awarded an MSc in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Process Technology on successful completion of an industry based / work based project and dissertation. Students will normally be expected to carry out the project at their place of employment.

Entry Requirements

BSc (Hons) in a scientific or engineering discipline or equivalent qualification. Applicants for the part-time programme should be employed in a relevant industrial sector. Selection of candidates may be by interview.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Award

On successful completion the following awards may be made. Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Process Technology (DIT). MSc in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Process Technology (DIT).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will have the necessary knowledge and skills to operate effectively in process operation and process development in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector and related industrial sectors.

Frequently Asked Questions

EU Fees for 2012/2013*

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For full-time postgraduate fees for 2012/13 click here

For part-time postgraduate fees for 2012/13 click here

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding

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