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ME Degree in Pharmaceutical Process Control and Automation (DT702/DT703)

Gavin Duffy
+353 1 402 2839
Full Time – DT702; Part Time - DT703

This programme is aimed at graduate engineers who would like further their education and learn about automation and control systems engineering in the process industries. It is particularly suited to engineers who are interested in working in the pharmaceutical and related industries and in pursuing a control and automation engineering career. In this programme you will learn about the instrumentation used in these industries, how to install and commission a control system, tune a control loop, programme PLCs and configure SCADA systems all in the context of monitoring and control of highly automated process plant. You will also learn concepts related to the process itself, process engineering and how the industry is regulated and validated. All these issues are covered in this programme.

The programme consists of 12 taught modules and a project. Modules are delivered through a mixture of lecture, laboratory work, group activities, projects and e-learning. Assessment is by written examination, assignment reports, presentations and masters thesis. Modules are delivered by faculty from across Engineering and Science and by industrial experts.

Graduates of the programme are very attractive to employers and the programme has an excellent record in employability. The programme was recently accredited by Engineers Ireland under their new criteria for Masters programmes.

Programme Content
Core Modules:
Research Methods
Process Instrumentation
GMP and Validation
Process Automation Engineering
Process Control Engineering
Pharmaceutical Processes
Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow
Reactor Design and Separation Processes I
Advanced Control Engineering
and select one from:
Statistical Analysis
Innovation and Knowledge Management
Optional Modules (choose 2)
Separation Processes II
Material Handling and Drying
Mass Transfer Applications
Process Analytical Technology
Facility Design and Operation
Computer Systems Validation
Advanced Automation Engineering
The project module requires completion of a project and 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

Timetable / Hours
Full-time students take six modules per semester which involves a class contact time of approximately 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 two years by taking three modules per semester which involves a class contact time of approximately 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.

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

Continuing Professional Development
All modules are offered on a CPD basis. Participants who opt to undertake a single module will be given a Single Subject Certificate on successful completion of that module.

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

Full Time (DT702)– 2 to 3 semesters
Part time (DT703)– 5 to 6 semesters

Dates and how to apply:
For information on closing dates for applications and how to apply please go to the DIT online application system by following the link at the bottom of this page.

Programme Co-Ordinator:
Gavin Duffy
School of Electrical Engineering Systems
DIT, Kevin St., Dublin 8
Tel. 01 4022839

or contact

School Secretary
School of Electrical Engineering Systems
DIT, Kevin St., Dublin 8
Tel. 01 4024550

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