Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

BE (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9)

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Why is this course for me?

Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering (CBE) deals with 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.

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What Will I Study

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

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

Second to Fifth Year
Core modules for Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering students may include:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
  • Engineering Measurement
  • Biotechnology for Engineers
  • Computing in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering
  • Commercial Pharmaceutical & Bioprocessing Technology
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Advanced Separation Processes
  • Advanced Experimental Design
  • Cell & Tissue Engineering
  • Downstream Processing
  • Unit Operations
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • Bioprocess Scale-up and Technology Transfer
  • Process Control
  • Facility Design and Operation
  • Professional Engineering

A student’s week includes attending lectures and tutorials as well as participating in laboratory-based workshops and undertaking independent study.

A combination of end-of-trimester written examinations and continuous assessment is used, culminating in the submission of advanced research and design projects.

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International Study Opportunities

Students have the opportunity in their third year to spend either one or two trimesters studying abroad in a partner University. There are options to study in countries such as UK,
China, Australia, Canada, USA, Singapore, New Zealand.

Professional Work Experience (PWE)

PWE is incorporated in the ME Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering programme. Six- to eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following employers: AbbVie, Alexion, APC, BMS, GSK, FDT, Regeneron, Jacobs, Lilly, MSD, Pfizer and 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. Our graduates are 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.

Both the BE and ME degrees are accredited at the master’s level by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, while our ME has achieved master’s level accreditation by Engineers Ireland.

Other Entry Routes

“I’ve always had a passion and interest in science and maths but wasn’t sure what course to choose in order to develop my interest further. I finally decided to study engineering in UCD, where the common first year allowed me to be innovative and utilise my problem-solving skills in many different engineering disciplines. I never thought I’d choose to specialise in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering, but I haven’t regretted it since. The staff within the school have taught me how to design, implement and optimise chemical and biochemical processes to be used in all areas of society. Throughout my time in UCD, I’ve grown academically, professionally, and personally due to project work, extracurricular activities, and with the help of the excellent supports available.”

Adesola Ojomo, Student

Contact Information

UCD Engineering & Architecture College Office
Engineering and Materials Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 1916

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