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Chemical Engineering

MEngSc Chemical Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MEngSc in Chemical Engineering offers advanced level education for students with primary degrees in chemical engineering/technology programmes. On this programme you will improve your conceptual and practical skills in both the fundamental and applied principles of chemical engineering practice. The programme covers advanced topics in chemical engineering and includes extensive project work in both design (a team effort) and in an individualised research project.

This programme is delivered by a highly research intensive School holding 101-150 in the QS World Subject Rankings and Top 6 in Ireland/UK Employer's and Research rankings and awarded €6.12M research funding in 2013.

The programme covers advanced topics in Chemical Engineering and includes extensive project work in both Design (a team effort) and in an individualised Research Project.

Opportunity to take modules in a number of topical areas including Renewable Energy, Carbon Capture, Climate Change, Nanotechnology etc.

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 MEngSc in Chemical Engineering offers advanced level education for students with primary degrees in chemical engineering or chemical technology programmes.

Course Description
Chemical Engineering spans many fields of industrial development from speciality fine chemicals to pharmaceuticals to oil and gas engineering. The Programme's teaching methods are highly interactive and varied with contributions from a combination of industrial practitioners and leading researchers in their fields. Our graduates will play an important role in the development, design and operation of chemical processes in industry at international level in the coming years.

Vision and Values Statement
Graduates from this programme will advance their careers through a thorough understanding of advanced topics in Chemical Engineering and related topics in other major fields of engineering. In this way, they will prepare themselves for undertaking positions of responsibility within chemical-engineering practice, as well as learning a whole suite of advanced technical material and undertaking cutting-edge design and research projects. In particular, the latest state of the art in disparate areas of research-led process engineering, ranging in scope from materials to experimental design, alongside advanced transport phenomena, will afford the development of a very thorough fundamental understanding of advanced chemical-engineering practice. The learning environment is a supportive and research-led one, featuring open-ended projects as a cornerstone of the research-embedded educational ethos. Assessment will be via challenging projects and written and oral examination. In this way, key professional values of preparing graduate for leading roles in industry, building on fundamental advanced understanding, will be imbued.

Programme outcomes
-Enhancement of technical skills in advanced aspects of chemical engineering. In particular, the leading research activities of the School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering lend themselves to substantial embedding of leading research practice in the programme's modules.
-Sense of independence and self-starting skills fostered by carrying out a semester-long advanced research project, to a demanding and open-ended level.
-The ability to carry out an open-ended Design-of-Experiments analysis, in order to set up and analyses suites of experiments and for process and product optimisation.
-Time-and effort-management skills, in terms of multi-tasking and prioritising workflows, on an individual and group basis.
-The ability to think critically and solve industrially-relevant problems.
-The ability to carry out a comprehensive group-based and open-ended design project, to the rigorous standard set by the IChemE.
- Graduates will play an important role in the development, design and operation of chemical processes in industry at international level in the coming years.

Entry requirements

A Chemical Engineering honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence.

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.


Duration: 1 Year Full Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Your career opportunities upon graduation from this programme are exemplary. It is anticipated that the graduates will play an important role in the development, design and operation of chemical processes in industry at international level in the coming years.

Graduates can enter a wide selection of possible industries including fine chemicals (e.g. Proctor and Gamble), heavy chemicals (e.g. CRH), pharmaceuticals (e.g. Pfizer, Lilly, Merck), oil and gas (e.g. Conoco Philips, Exxon, Shell, Chevron), as well as consulting and business.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Chemical & Bioprocess Reaction Engineering

Chem & Bioprocess Eng Design

Environmental Engineering

Advanced Separation Processes

Advanced Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics

Advanced Experimental Design

Chem Proc Sust & Ren Energy

Chemical Engineering Project

Process Control

Advanced Process Design

Stage 1 - Option
Bioreactor Modelling and Control

Advanced Characterisation Tech



Facilities and Resources
The UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering is home to a 5 million euro state-of the-art microscopy laboratory which includes FIB-SEM, a Cryo-TEM and a high end XPS/AES/SIMS facility, as well as a range of analytical tools including AFM, FTIR, UV-Vis and chromatography (HPLC/GC-MS). Laboratory facilities available for project work include Multiphase Flow apparatus, Membrane Reactors, Vacuum Pressure Swing Adsorption for gas separations, Atomic Layer Deposition and Chemical Bath Deposition apparatus, a suite of photoelectrochemical facilities including solar simulators and potentiostats for solar cell work, and preparatory laboratories for the synthesis of proprietary materials and access to plasma deposition systems with concomitant analytical tools (e.g. ellipsometry).

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MEngSc Chemical Engineering FT (T218)

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 Chemical Engineering (T218) 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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