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Engineering - Biosystems & Food Engineering

ME Biosystems & Food Engineering
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

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.

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 percent of the most cited scientists in their field. The UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering also consistently wins up to €3 million in annual research funding.

Curricular information is subject to change.

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

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.

an understanding of their profession responsibilities and the importance of high ethical standards.

knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning Biosystems and Food Engineering.

the ability to communicate effectively with their professional community.

the ability to design and conduct an experiment and to apply a range of standard and specialised research tools and techniques.

the ability to design components, systems or processes for applications in 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 work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multi-disciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake self-directed lifelong learning.

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.

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 http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

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

Duration

2 Years Full- Time.

Number of credits

120

Careers or further progression

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
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 - Core
Environmental Engineering
BSEN30280
Unit Ops for Bioprocess Eng
BSEN40590
Measurement & Instrumentation
MEEN30040

Stage 1 - Option
Bioprocess Engineering Principles
BSEN30010
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
The Bioeconomy; A strategy for sustainable fuel, material and chemical production
BSEN30310
Food Process Engineering
BSEN30320
Life Cycle Assessment
BSEN30360
Green Technologies Project
BSEN40210
ME Professional Work Experience
BSEN40230
Global Cold Chain Safety
BSEN40250
Energy Systems Integration
BSEN40350
LCA Applications
BSEN40400
Food Chain Integrity
BSEN40410
Food Refrigeration Engineering
BSEN40440
Biorefinery Process & Tech
BSEN40560
ME Professional Work Experienc
BSEN40580
Engineering Thermodynamics II
MEEN30100
Professional Engineering (Finance)
MEEN30140
Professional Engineering (Management)
MEEN40430

Stage 2 - Core
Food Process Engineering
BSEN30320
ME Biosystems Engineering Thesis
BSEN40220
Food Chain Integrity
BSEN40410
Professional Engineering (Management)
MEEN40430
Research Skills and Techniques
MEEN40560

Stage 2 - Option
Buildings and Environment
BSEN30020
Air Pollution
BSEN30030
Agricultural Mechanisation: Engines and Crop Machinery
BSEN30170
Agricultural Mechanisation: Hydraulics and components
BSEN30190
Waste Management
BSEN30240
The Bioeconomy; A strategy for sustainable fuel, material and chemical production
BSEN30310
Life Cycle Assessment
BSEN30360
Green Technologies Project
BSEN40210
Global Cold Chain Safety
BSEN40250
Waste to Energy Processes & Technologies
BSEN40320
Energy Systems Integration
BSEN40350
LCA Applications
BSEN40400
Research and Teaching Methods
BSEN40460
Biorefinery Process & Tech
BSEN40560
Design of Structures 1
CVEN30040
Innovation Leadership
CVEN40390
Engineering Thermodynamics II
MEEN30100
Professional Engineering (Finance)
MEEN30140

Comment

Vision and 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.

Student Internships
The Professional Work Experience (PWE) module is incorporated into the two-year Master of Engineering Programme and is designed to integrate a student's academic and career interests with practical work experience for a 6-8-month period.

The module provides students with the perfect opportunity to gain increased experience and understanding of their chosen field, assess where their strengths and weaknesses lie and maximise their knowledge of the available career possibilities. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.

Related Programmes
MEngSc Food Engineering FT
MSc Sustainable Energy & Green Technologies FT
MSc Environmental Technology FT

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)

Duration
2 Years

Attendance
Full Time

Deadline
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 - € 8085
EU Year 2 - € 8085 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 25600
nonEU Year 2 - € 25600 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20

***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 http://www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/scholarshipsfinances/scholarships/.

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see: www.ucd.ie/eacollege/study/noneuscholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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