What will I learn?

Why is this course for me?

Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering (CBE) is fundamentally about the ingenious transformation of matter and energy into products and services. More specifically, it addresses the design and operation of facilities needed to achieve this transformation in a technically, economically and environmentally acceptable manner. Examples of products include petrochemicals, (bio) pharmaceuticals and nano-materials. Examples of services include energy supply (from carbon-based to renewable resources), clean air and CO2-sequestration. As a Chemical & Bioprocess Engineer you’ll use the sciences as the basis for understanding these transformations; you’ll apply mathematical and engineering principles to realise them on the appropriate scale. If you seek invention, and want to work at the interface between the sciences, mathematics and engineering, with a broad and well-paid portfolio of career opportunities, strongly consider CBE.

What Will I Study

First Year

Engineering students follow a common first year which includes modules in:

  • Chemistry
  • Creativity in Design
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physics.

Second to Fourth Year

Sample modules for Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering students in years two to four include:

  • Organic Chemistry for Engineers
  • Inorganic & Physical Chemistry for Engineers
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering Measurement
  • Biotechnology for Engineers
  • Computing in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Reaction Engineering
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Commercial Pharmaceutical & Bioprocessing Technology
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering Design
  • Professional Engineering (Finance)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Advanced Separation Processes
  • Advanced Experimental Design

International Study Opportunities

Recent opportunities have included a year in:

  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • University of Connecticut, USA
  • ENSIACET, Toulouse, France
  • McGill University, Canada.

Professional Work Experience

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering programme. Six-to eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) may include the following companies: Abbvie, APC, BMS, Irish Cement, Lilly, MSD, PM Group.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

UCD has the oldest, largest and most research-active School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering in Ireland, and is benchmarked competitively against the top schools in Europe and abroad. In addition, our programme is professionally accredited to master’s level by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). All of this translates to our graduates being among the best-paid engineering professionals and sought after for employment in sectors from chemical to (bio) pharmaceutical and from energy to consultancy and design. We offer taught and research master’s and PhD opportunities, and our graduates also enter master’s and PhD programmes in leading international universities.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€24,800.00 (US$ 27,605) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2020

Venue

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

Room 126 (First Floor),

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have International Baccalaureate: 24 or more total points and the award of the IB Diploma. Students must have CGPA 3.0 out of 4.0 unweight scales in combination with ACT minimum 22 or SAT minimum 1090, Either ACT or SAT is accepted; UCD Super scores ACT and SAT scores. Students must have Cambridge A Level: At least three subjects at A Level Grade C and three other subjects at GCSE Level Grade C. UCD requires Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire + 1 year at a recognised university (Diplôme de … (plus professional field); Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures; Diplôme d'Ingénieur/d'Architecte d'Etat or Licence). English language requirements: IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +, a minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT); Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.

For international students

There are minimum entry requirements that all applicants, applying based on school leaving results, must meet.

Leaving Certificate

  • H4 in Mathematics
  • H6 in a laboratory science and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognized subjects

English language requirements: IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

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About this uni

Famous for teaching and research excellence, and true global reach, UCD is the destination of choice for over 8000 international students.

  • Main campus in Belfield, 4km from Dublin city centre
  • 185th best university in the world
  • Globally recognised for excellent teaching and learning
  • Scholarships available for international students