Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN150
CAO Points Range 2021: 520-625
Length of Course: 4 year (BE) + 1 year (ME)
Average Intake: 265

Leaving Certificate:
  • H4 in Mathematics
  • H6 in a laboratory science and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish. and two other recognised subjects

Special Entry Recommendations
It is recommended that the Laboratory Science subject should be one of Chemistry, Physics or Biology

At the end of Year 2, students can choose either the BE in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering or the BE in Chemical Engineering with Biochemical Engineering Minor. Both can lead to the ME in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering.

At the end of Stage 3, students can choose either to pursue a 4-year BE or 5-year Integrated ME degree pathway, subject to meeting GPA requirements.

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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.


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.

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 Fifth Year
Sample modules for Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering students 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-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 France, Spain, 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.


“My time in UCD studying Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering enabled me to grow both academically and personally. The school was supportive and flexible, offering me a huge range of experiences, from short term placements, to a Junior Year abroad and a research project in the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research & Training. I’ve gained global exposure to the front line of chemical and bioprocess biotechnology innovation. The empowering teaching and responsibility extended to me gave me the tools and environment to achieve my goals. After I graduated in 2019, I was able to put my knowledge and skills gained throughout the course into direct practice as a graduate engineer in a biopharmaceutical company.”

Eleanor Thornton, Graduate

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