The programme is a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Polymer Materials at Level 9. The target enrolment is for personnel targeting employment or advancement 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 euro. 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 â‚¬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 TUS 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.