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Biosystems & Food Engineering

ME Biosystems & Food Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
Delivered by a School which consistently wins up to €3 million in annual research funding.This Masters will provide graduates from an engineering or mathematical based science background the opportunity to specialise in the application of engineering science and design to biological materials and systems especially in:

• Food process engineering
• Sustainable energy
• Environmental protection

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

Biosystems Engineers are at the forefront of the search for practical solutions to global problems and this specialisation will lead graduates to a wide variety of employment opportunities with companies focussing on processing of food and other biological materials, environmental protection, waste recycling, sustainable energy and green technologies.

The ME Biosystems & Food Engineering involves lectures, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, a research project and includes a 6-8 month professional work experience internship.

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

Vision & Values Statement
The ME Biosystems and Food Engineering programme is aimed at Engineering (BE) and Engineering Science (BSc) graduates who wish to pursue a career as a professional engineer in agricultural, food, environmental or related industries. The programme focuses on the engineering, scientific and technological aspects of the agrifood industry through advanced numeracy, design, critical thinking and leadership skills developed in a dynamic learning environment where all students can work individually and in teams. The programme combines a range of modules delivered by internationally recognised research-active academic staff through lectures, practicals, technical site visits and problem-based learning. A broad range of assessments including examinations, reports, projects, group work, case studies and peer evaluation are used. A period of professional work experience is integrated into the programme to provide the student with an opportunity to practice as an engineer. The programme can lead to research or professional engineering career opportunities.

Programme outcomes
-knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning Biosystems and Food Engineering.
-the ability to interpret, apply and use scientific, mathematical, and engineering principles, data and models to evaluate and solve problems.
-the ability to design components, systems or processes for applications in Biosystems and Food Engineering.
-the ability to design and conduct an experiment and to apply a range of standard and specialised research tools and techniques.
-an understanding of their profession responsibilities and the importance of high ethical standards.
-the ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multi-disciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake self-directed lifelong learning.
-the ability to communicate effectively with their professional community.

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in an engineering degree programme or mathematically-based science subject.


2 Years Full- Time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
This is one of Ireland's most important industries and our graduates have excellent prospects finding employment in:
• Bioprocess and food companies
• Environmental protection and waste recycling companies
• Sustainable energy and green technology companies
There are also opportunities to pursue PhD research in UCD and worldwide.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number: 00 353 1 716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Bioprocess Engineering Principles

Buildings and Environment

Air Pollution

Quantitative Risk Assessment for Human and Animal Health

Agricultural Mechanisation: Engines and Crop Machinery

Agricultural Mechanisation: Hydraulics and components

Unit Operations in Bioprocess Engineering

Waste Management

Environmental Engineering

The Bioeconomy; A strategy for sustainable fuel, material and chemical production

Food Process Engineering

Life Cycle Assessment

Green Technologies Project

ME Biosystems Engineering Thesis

ME Professional Work Experience

Global Cold Chain Safety

Waste to Energy Processes & Technologies

LCA Applications

Food Chain Integrity

Food Refrigeration Engineering

Research and Teaching Methods

Design of Structures

Innovation Leadership

Engineering Thermodynamics II

Professional Engineering (Finance)

Professional Engineering (Management)

Research Skills and Techniques


Student Internships
This two years masters offers 6-8 months professional work experience, the practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.

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:
ME Biosystems & Food Engineering FT (T299)

2 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

ME Biosystems & Food Engineering (T299) Full Time
EU Year 1 - €7830
EU Year 2 - €7830 aa
nonEU Year 1 - €24800
nonEU Year 2 - €24200 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2019 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2018/19
***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

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

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