Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN150
CAO Points Range 2016: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 5 years (4 year BE + 1 year ME) or 4 Years (BE)
Average Intake: 250

Leaving Certificate:

Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics (Min H4 in LC or equivalent), one laboratory science subject (Min H6 in LC or equivalent) & two other recognised subjects.

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

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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.

Key Fact: This 4 year programme is professionally accredited to master’s level by IChemE awarding Chartered Chemical Engineer Status.

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.

What Will I Study

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

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

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

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-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year, you’ll also submit a report of your research project.

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International Study Opportunities

Recent opportunities have included a year in:

  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • ENSIACET, Toulouse, France
  • TU Berlin, Germany
  • University of Melbourne, Australia

Professional Work Experience

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME Chemical and 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.


“After having decided to study Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, I can honestly say that there was no better choice than UCD. The staff are both supportive and encouraging and the prioritisation of teaching standards is evident throughout all the classes. Throughout my four years in UCD I was encouraged to challenge myself through project work and presentations as well as work closely with my classmates to build friendships and working relationships that will last long into the future. Having now started work in Eli Lilly I can see how these skills will stand to me as I further my career.

Aisling Judge, Graduate