Biosystems & Food Engineering - Food Engineering

The MEngSc in Food Engineering provides a comprehensive coverage of bioprocess and food manufacturing systems engineering. The programme will be of particular interest to graduates in Engineering, Science and related disciplines who are interested in food and bioprocess engineering, risk assessment, process development, process control, advanced manufacturing systems and associated environmental issues. On this programme you will develop new technical competencies in food and bioprocess engineering, learn how to develop and execute a research plan, and acquire skills in the application of leading-edge technologies to the agri-food and biotechnology industries, including novel food processing technology, food process automation, risk assessment, computer vision for food quality and food safety. Excellent job prospects are available to graduates in the food, bioprocess, manufacturing and related agencies and industries.

This programme is delivered by a highly research-intensive School comprising a European Research Council Fellow and six Marie Curie Fellowships. Professors Sun and O’Donnell are in the world’s top one per cent of the most cited scientists in their field. Opportunities for site visits and industry internships are provided where possible. The UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering consistently wins up to €3 million in annual research funding.

Subjects taught

Programme structure:
The programme consists of 60 credits of modules taken in Semesters 1 and 2. The remaining 30 credits is a year-long minor thesis. At the beginning of the year you will be appointed a Supervisor for your thesis and will agree upon a suitable Thesis title. Throughout the year you will be expected to meet with your supervisor to discuss progress.

Stage 1 Core
Bioprocess Engineering Principles BSEN30010
Quantitative Risk Assessment for Human and Animal Health BSEN30060
Life Cycle Assessment BSEN30360
Advanced Food Process Engineering BSEN40020
Thesis BSEN40090
Global Cold Chain Safety BSEN40250
Waste to Energy Processes & Technologies BSEN40320
Food Chain Integrity BSEN40410
Food Refrigeration Engineering BSEN40440
Research, Teaching & Career Skills BSEN40460
Unit Ops for Bioprocess Eng BSEN40590

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering, Science or cognitive technology degree programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MEngSc Food Engineering FT (X082)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full-time


MEngSc Food Engineering (X082) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8085
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
The manufacture of food and drink products is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry with a turnover of €27.5 billion. Almost 50,000 people are directly employed in the food and drink sector with a further 60,000 employed indirectly in all regions of the country. The value of food and drink exports is €12 billion per annum. Excellent job prospects are available to graduates in the food, bioprocess,
manufacturing and related agencies and industries in Ireland. Graduates have progressed to career opportunities in a broad range of internationally recognised companies including: ALcontrol Laboratories, APV, Coca Cola, Dairygold, Glanbia, Guinness, Kepac, and Kerry Group.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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