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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

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

A 3 or 4-year Bachelor's degree with minimum upper second class honours (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in an engineering degree programme or mathematically-based science subject. Strong results (not less than Grade B or equivalent) in cognate subjects of agricultural and food engineering, biological engineering, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, unit operations.

Duration

2 Years

Number of credits

120

Careers or further progression

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
BSEN30010

Buildings and Environment
BSEN30020

Air Pollution
BSEN30030

Quantitative Risk Assessment for Human and Animal Health
BSEN30060

Agricultural Mechanisation: Engines and Crop Machinery
BSEN30170

Agricultural Mechanisation: Hydraulics and components
BSEN30190

Soil Engineering
BSEN30220

Unit Operations in Bioprocess Engineering
BSEN30230

Waste Management
BSEN30240

Environmental Engineering
BSEN30280

The Bioeconomy; A strategy for sustainable fuel, material and chemical production
BSEN30310

Food Process Engineering
BSEN30320

Life Cycle Assessment
BSEN30360

Thesis
BSEN40090

Green Technologies Project
BSEN40210

ME Biosystems Engineering Thesis
BSEN40220

ME Professional Work Experience
BSEN40230

Global Cold Chain Safety
BSEN40250

Waste to Energy Processes & Technologies
BSEN40320

LCA Applications
BSEN40400

Food Chain Integrity
BSEN40410

Food Refrigeration Engineering
BSEN40440

Research and Teaching Methods
BSEN40460

Design of Structures
CVEN30040

Innovation Leadership
CVEN40390

Engineering Thermodynamics II
MEEN30100

Professional Engineering (Finance)
MEEN30140

Professional Engineering (Management)
MEEN40430

Research Skills and Techniques
MEEN40560

Comment

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

Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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

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