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Food Engineering

MEngSc Food Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The Master of Engineering Science in Food Engineering provides a comprehensive coverage of bioprocess and food manufacturing systems engineering.

On this Masters 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.

In addition:
-This Masters is delivered by a highly research intensive School, comprising a European Research Council Fellow and six Marie Curie Fellowships.

-Two Professors, Sun and O'Donnell, are in the world's top one percent of the most cited scientists in their field.

-Opportunities for site visits and indutsry internships are provided where possible.

-The UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering consistently wins up to €3 million in annual research funding.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

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.

Vision and Values Statement
This programme is aimed at engineering, science and technology graduates who wish to develop their knowledge of the scientific and technological aspects of food manufacturing and processing and advance their careers as engineers, technologists or managers in the food and beverage industries. We value independent, critical thinking and leadership with a focus on numeracy, technology and design. We create a dynamic learning environment where all students can work individually and in teams, with a strong link to our internationally recognised research-active staff, ensuring a practical and contemporary learning experience. Lectures, practicals and problem-based learning are at the heart of the programme experience. There is a focus on ICT, food manufacturing and bioprocess technology. We use a broad range of assessments including examinations, reports, projects, group work, case studies and peer evaluation. The programme results in a MEngSc in Food Engineering leading to career opportunities in the food, bioprocess, manufacturing and related industries.

Programme Outcomes
Knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning technology for safe and sustainable food production and processing

Knowledge and understanding of traditional and novel food processing technology and automation

Knowledge and understanding of waste and energy implications for food manufacturing systems

Skills to understand and assess the full range of health & safety issues associated with work

Skills to carry out an evaluation of the risks for the production of safe food

Skills to devise scientific research hypothesis, carry out course of research investigation, apply appropriate measurement techniques, statistical analysis and interpret findings

The ability to communicate effectively to professional and non-scientific community

Understand the need for high ethical standards and professionalism

Develop the ability to direct personal learning and to engage in lifelong learning

Entry requirements

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


1 year full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The manufacture of food and drink products is Ireland's most important indigenous industry with a turnover approaching €24 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.

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: Glanbia, Kepac, Coca Cola, Guinness, Kerry group, APV, MC O'Sullivan, and ALcontrol Laboratories.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number: +353 (0) 1 716 1781

Subjects taught

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

Quantitative Risk Assessment for Human and Animal Health

Unit Operations in Bioprocess Engineering

Life Cycle Assessment

Advanced Food Process Engineering


Global Cold Chain Safety

Waste to Energy Processes & Technologies

Food Chain Integrity

Food Refrigeration Engineering

Research and Teaching Methods


Facilities and Resources
The School of Biosystems and Food Engineering has recently invested in excess of €600,000 in state-of-the-art facilities in spectroscopy, hyperspectral chemical imaging and chemometrics.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MEngSc Food Engineering FT (X082)

1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

MEngSc Food Engineering (X082) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7830
nonEU fee per year - € 24800

***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 and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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