Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Polymer Materials (Advanced Polymers)

Athlone Institute of Technology (TBC)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Polymer Materials

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Mixed

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Mechanical, Polymer & Design

General Information
Contact

Alan Mannion

Email

amannion@ait.ie

Phone

090468000

Address

Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Athlone.

Important Dates
Application Deadline

30/08/2019

Start Date

14/09/2019

End Date

15/05/2020

About this Course

The proposed programme is a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Polymer Materials at Level 9. The target enrolment is for personnel who are working or unemployed and targeting employment in sectors utilising polymeric materials such as the medical device, automotive and aerospace industries. An understanding of advanced polymers Is vital for the design and manufacture of complex devices, and increasingly, this knowledge is playing a key role in the design for recyclability of such devices.
Polymer technology is a growing industry in Ireland with the number of companies rising to 230 which boasts an annual turnover of €2.1 billion. This has driven strong jobs growth of 7.7% in the past couple of years with 7,000 now working across Ireland with major hubs in Athlone, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Cork and Waterford.
The high-tech polymer industry is a driver of innovation in the medtech, ICT, biopharma, agri-food and automotive sectors. As well as being an industry of regional significance, the polymer sector is making a global impact with 77% of sales exported worth €1.62 billion annually. (polymer Technology Ireland - IBEC)
Students will undertake modules through an online learning approach. Course delivery and assessment of students will be achieved through a combination of delivery formats including online "webinar" style lectures/tutorials, as well as online labs. Continuous support will be offered to the students through the Institute's virtual learning environment, Moodle, where students will have access to lecture and tutorial content and to additional resources that will aid them with their learning. As all lectures are recorded, the student does not have to attend the live lecture. Follow up questions can be emailed to the lecturer or posted to the Forums on Moodle.
Lectures will be delivered online each week and the student will be required to attend labs and practicals in AIT over two separate 4 day blocks (4 consecutive days in Semester 1, 4 consecutive days in Semester 2) to gain hands on experience with advanced material characterisation and processing equipment. The flexible approach of delivery of the programme will allow for greater participation, particularly for those who are employed. The student will also have to carry out an Industrial Project focused on applied skills, either through their own employment or through a partner company. A range of companies have offered to support programme delivery through guest lectures, use of equipment and also in demonstrating examples of best practice.

Objectives

The course will equip learners with knowledge of advanced polymer materials for manufacturing areas such as the medical device, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors. Graduates will be prepared to specify, work with and test polymer materials in addition to gaining hands on process knowledge and an appreciation for new and emerging materials and process methods. Graduates will be eligible to progress to a Master of Science in Advanced Polymer Materials via the completion of a supplementary thesis.

Entry Requirements

A level 8 award in an engineering / science discipline or a level 8 award in any discipline with 2 years of relevant work experience in a manufacturing environment.
Those that do not have the requisite academic qualifications may gain entry to the programme via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in accordance with the institute's policies.

Long Description

The proposed programme is a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Polymer Materials at Level 9. The target enrolment is for personnel who are working or unemployed and targeting employment in sectors utilising polymeric materials such as the medical device, automotive and aerospace industries. An understanding of advanced polymers Is vital for the design and manufacture of complex devices, and increasingly, this knowledge is playing a key role in the design for recyclability of such devices.
Polymer technology is a growing industry in Ireland with the number of companies rising to 230 which boasts an annual turnover of €2.1 billion. This has driven strong jobs growth of 7.7% in the past couple of years with 7,000 now working across Ireland with major hubs in Athlone, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Cork and Waterford.
The high-tech polymer industry is a driver of innovation in the medtech, ICT, biopharma, agri-food and automotive sectors. As well as being an industry of regional significance, the polymer sector is making a global impact with 77% of sales exported worth €1.62 billion annually. (polymer Technology Ireland - IBEC)
Students will undertake modules through an online learning approach. Course delivery and assessment of students will be achieved through a combination of delivery formats including online "webinar" style lectures/tutorials, as well as online labs. Continuous support will be offered to the students through the Institute's virtual learning environment, Moodle, where students will have access to lecture and tutorial content and to additional resources that will aid them with their learning. As all lectures are recorded, the student does not have to attend the live lecture. Follow up questions can be emailed to the lecturer or posted to the Forums on Moodle.
Lectures will be delivered online each week and the student will be required to attend labs and practicals in AIT over two separate 4 day blocks (4 consecutive days in Semester 1, 4 consecutive days in Semester 2) to gain hands on experience with advanced material characterisation and processing equipment. The flexible approach of delivery of the programme will allow for greater participation, particularly for those who are employed. The student will also have to carry out an Industrial Project focused on applied skills, either through their own employment or through a partner company. A range of companies have offered to support programme delivery through guest lectures, use of equipment and also in demonstrating examples of best practice.

Timetable Info

Classess will be delivered online in the evenings during the week. Each semester 1 full week of practicals will be held at Athlone Institute of Technology.

Delivery Location

Online with one practical session per semester taking place at Athlone Institute of Technology

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

RPL Information

Contact AIT for further details.