Master of Engineering Science in Food Engineering

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

Program Description

Master of Engineering Science in Food Engineering

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

MEngSc Food Engineering FT

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The Master of Engineering Science in Food Engineering provides a comprehensive coverage of bioprocess and food manufacturing systems engineering. On this Masters you will develop new technical competencies in food and bioprocess engineering, learn how to develop and execute a research plan and acquire skills in the application of leading-edge technologies to the agri-food and biotechnology industries, including novel food processing technology, food process automation, risk assessment, computer vision for food quality and food safety. In addition:

  • This master is delivered by a highly research-intensive School, comprising a European Research Council Fellow and six Marie Curie Fellowships.
  • Two Professors, Sun and O'Donnell, are in the world's top one percent of the most cited scientists in their field.

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 programme will be of particular interest to graduates in Engineering, Science and related disciplines who are interested in food and bioprocess engineering, risk assessment, process development, process control, advanced manufacturing systems and associated environmental issues.

Career Opportunities

The manufacture of food and drink products is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry with a turnover approaching €26 billion. Almost 50,000 people are directly employed in the food and drink sector with a further 60,000 employed indirectly in all regions of the country. Excellent job prospects are available to graduates in the food, bioprocess, manufacturing and related agencies and industries in Ireland. Graduates have progressed to career opportunities in a broad range of internationally recognised companies including Glanbia, Kepac, Coca-Cola, Guinness, Kerry group, APV, MC O’Sullivan, and ALcontrol Laboratories.

Programme structure:

The programme consists of 60 credits of modules taken in Semesters 1 and 2. The remaining 30 credits is a year-long minor thesis. At the beginning of the year, you will be appointed a Supervisor for your thesis and will agree upon a suitable Thesis title. Throughout the year you will be expected to meet with your supervisor to discuss progress.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

MEngSc Food Engineering (X082) Full Time

  • EU fee per year - € 7640
  • nonEU fee per year - € 24200

***Fees are subject to change Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. 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 International Scholarships.

Entry Requirements

  • A 4-year bachelors degree with a minimum upper second class honour (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering programme.
  • 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.


Graduate Profile
Owen Murphy, Panelto Foods I chose the MEngSc in Food Engineering at UCD as I needed an update on my education. The good name of UCD as a third level institute in Ireland especially for Food science was a big influencing factor. I have come across many graduates of UCD in my 20 years experience working in food manufacturing and the vast majority of them were successful in their careers. In general, I found the modules interesting and relevant. I continue to work in a medium sized food company, Panelto Foods. Since doing my masters I have moved from Technical Manager to Production Manager and do believe that completing the masters was a key element in achieving this move.

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 23, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
7,490 EUR
EU: fee per year - € 7490; nonEU: fee per year - € 23800
Ireland - Dublin, County Dublin
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Ireland - Dublin, County Dublin
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