Masters of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Process Control and Automation
Full time - DT702 Part time - DT703

Programme co-ordinator

Gavin Duffy
School of Electrical Engineering Systems
College of Engineering & Built Environment
School of Electrical Engineering Systems DIT, Kevin St., Dublin 8
T: 01 402 2839

School Secretary
T: 01- 402 4550


Full Time - 1.5 years (3 Semesters)
Part Time - 3 years (5-6 Semesters)

Closing date

Not running Sept 2014

Start date

September 2014


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 aimed at graduate engineers who would like to continue their studies and learn about automation and control systems engineering and how they are applied to the process industries. It is also aimed at scientists and engineers who are working in the pharmaceutical and related industries and who would like to move into a control and automation engineering role. This requires knowledge and understanding of the instrumentation used in these industries, how control systems work, how to tune a control loop, and how PLCs, SCADA systems and a DCS are used to monitor and control a highly automated process plant. Knowledge of the process itself and some process engineering are also required along with an understanding of how the industry is regulated and validated. All these issues are covered here.

Course Content

The programme consists of 12 taught modules and a project. Modules are delivered through a mixture of lecture, assignments and laboratory work, e-learning and problem based learning by academics and industrial experts.

Core Modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Process Instrumentation
  • GMP and Validation
  • Process Automation Engineering
  • Process Control Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Processeses
  • heat Transfer and Fluid Flow
  • Reactor Design and Separation Processes I
  • Advanced Control Engineering

and select from:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Innovation and Knowledge Management

Optional Modules (choose 2):

  • Separation Processes II
  • Material Handling and Drying
  • Mass Transfer Applications
  • Process Analystical Technology
  • Faciltity Design and Operation
  • Computer Systsems Validation
  • Advanced Automation Engineering

The project module requires completion of a project and a dissertation. Work based projects are encouraged.


A variety of assessment methods are used to assess the taught modules including assignments (group and individual), short tests, formal examinations, reports and presentations. The project will be assessed on the basis of the work undertaken, an oral presentation and a written report on this work.


DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8

Who Should Apply?


The ME in Pharmaceutical Process Control and Automation (DT702/3) is very suitable for graduate engineers from any discipline who are interested in moving into or further developing a career in this area.  Modules on control, automation, instrumentation, process engineering and an applied project help students learn about process control systems, control loop tuning and how PLCs and SCADA systems are used to monitor and control a high tech automated facility.  This programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland and is ideally suited to those who wish to pursue a career in control systems or automation engineering.

Timetable / Hours

Full-time students take six modules per semester which involves a class contact time of approx. 18 hours per week.The modules are generally scheduled to run in the afternoon and evenings. Outside of the class' contact time students work on module assignments and the project / dissertation.

Part-time students complete the 12 taught modules over the first 2 years by taking three modules per semester which involves a class contact time of approx. 9 hours per week. The modules are generally scheduled to run over three evenings per week. The project and dissertation are completed over the third year.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an honours degree at second class honours, lower division (2.2) in an accredited engineering degree.

Non-Standard applications: applicants holding a qualification or combination of qualifications deemed by the Institute as being of equivalent standard to the above when taken in conjunction with relevant work experience may also be considered.  Some candidates may be required as a condition of entry to take specific modules from the School's Level 8 programme, the Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering as appropriate bridging modules.

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.


Graduates are eligible for the award of Masters of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Process Control and Automation of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Career Opportunities

This programme will develop the knowledge and skills set required to work at a high level of research, design and development in control and automation in the Pharmaceutical and related process industries.

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

Non EU fees for 2012/2013

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