Master of Engineering Science in Chemical Engineering


Program Description

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The Chemical Engineering industry in Ireland is one of its strongest exporting sectors and is representative of the chemical process industries worldwide. Opportunities for employment exist in a broad range of areas including: the pharmaceutical industry, the petrochemical and energy industries, the ICT industries including medical devices, and the heavy chemicals industries. 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 (featuring both individual and team elements/efforts) and in an individualised research project.

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

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 the industry at international level in the coming years.

  • The programme is delivered by a highly research-intensive School holding 151-200 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 (featuring both individual and team elements/efforts) 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.

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 the chemical-engineering practice, as well as learning a whole suite of advanced technical material and undertaking the 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 the 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 the 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 the substantial embedding of leading research practice in the programme's modules.
  • Graduates will play an important role in the development, design and operation of chemical processes in the industry at international level in the coming years.
  • 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 a comprehensive group-based and open-ended design project, to the rigorous standard set by the IChemE.
  • 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.
  • The ability to think critically and solve industrially-relevant problems.
  • Time- and effort- management skills, in terms of multi-tasking and prioritising workflows, on an individual and group basis.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity

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 the 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.

What modules can I take?

Stage 1 - Core
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Reaction Engineering, CHEN30010
  • Chem & Bioprocess Eng Design, CHEN30200
  • Environmental Engineering, CHEN40010
  • Advanced Separation Processes, CHEN40150
  • Advanced Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics, CHEN40160
  • Advanced Experimental Design, CHEN40210
  • Chem Proc Sust & Ren Energy, CHEN40440
  • Chemical Engineering Project, CHEN40450
  • Process Control, CHEN40560
  • Advanced Process Design, CHEN40620
Stage 1 - Option
  • Bioreactor Modelling and Control, CHEN40060
  • Advanced Characterisation Tech, CHEN40510

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

MEngSc Chemical Engineering (T218) Full Time
  • EU: fee per year - € 8085
  • non-EU: fee per year - € 25600

***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.

Entry Requirements

  • A Chemical Engineering honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with 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.
  • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.


Graduate Profile - Mary Taiwo Ajide

"Holding a first-class honours degree in Chemical Engineering from my home country, Nigeria, I have always been passionate about advancing my knowledge internationally in the field of Chemical Engineering. The Education in Ireland fair organised in Nigeria opened my mind to the numerous opportunities that earning a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UCD brings. Graduating with an honours degree in MEngSc from UCD, which is the top university in Ireland and is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide has contributed to my receiving job offers from Ireland and Australia. The teaching, learning ideology and philosophy at UCD contributed to my development and design of chemical processes in the industry at international levels. I am very grateful to the advancement in my career that UCD has provided me. I believe that the additional knowledge and skills acquired from UCD has contributed to my performance in undertaking cutting-edge design and research projects and will continue to help me earn leading roles in the industry."

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).

Last updated Dec 2019

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