Workplace-based Education

MSc and PhD by research

The School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers opportunities to individuals in the workplace to upgrade their qualifications to MSc and PhD by research. The aim of this initiative is to recognise the research and learning outputs from the workplace that contribute to new knowledge. DIT can provide an opportunity to formally capture this research output through peer reviewed publications that can ultimately lead to a PhD by publication with direct academic support and guidance of a DIT academic supervisor.

Alternatively, using a more conventional route, a research project that is a significant component of the work undertaken in a work setting, can be developed to form the basis of a PhD or MSc. This connected approach builds a bridge between professional practice and research and offers the industrial partner and opportunity to engage with academic experts in their area of interest.

Each application is assessed on an individual basis.

Contact: Dr Patricia Ennis  for further information


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MSc Taught Programmes

In addition, the School offers three taught MSc programmes designed to provide a bridge for students who have qualified in a science discipline to upskill to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical and related industries. These programs are offered as CONVERSION programmes specifically aimed at science graduates interested in a career in the Pharmaceutical or related industries.

Students interested in an MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance (DT233 or DT237) can choose the option which suits their schedule and is offered on a full time or part time basis respectively. 

The MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Biotechnology (DT233) is offered on a fulltime basis.

Students interested in a career in Manufacturing and Technology can avail of the MSc in Pharmaceutical Validation Technology (DT9279) which is offered on a part-time basis and can avail of the components of the programme on-line

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There are a variety of pathways available to prospective candidates. We would like to work with you to choose the best option to address your needs.


Related reading: Recent newspaper article (March 2018) on workplace-integrated education at the School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences