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Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ , Credits 240 )
Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering (CBE) is fundamentally about the ingenious transformation of matter and energy into products and services. More specifically, it addresses the design and operation of facilities needed to achieve this transformation in a technically, economically and environmentally acceptable manner. Examples of products include petrochemicals, (bio)pharmaceuticals and nano-materials. Examples of services include energy supply (from carbon-based to renewable resources), clean air and CO2-sequestration.

As a Chemical & Bioprocess Engineer you’ll use the sciences as the basis for understanding these transformations; you’ll apply mathematical and engineering principles to realise them on the appropriate scale. If you seek invention, and want to work at the interface between the sciences, mathematics and engineering, with a broad and well-paid portfolio of career opportunities, strongly consider CBE.
For more information regarding this course, please click School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

How do I apply?

For EU students, please apply via MyUCD. The following entry route(s) are available:
Description ENTRY Duration Application Opening Date APPURL
Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering(NUS1) - Undergraduate Degree (Non EU) Entry in
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from -
Oct 2019
Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering(NUS1) - Access Progression Pathway Entry in
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from -
Feb 2020

First Year

Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:

  • Chemistry
  • Creativity in Design
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physics


Second to Fifth Year

Sample modules for Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering students include:

  • Organic Chemistry for Engineers
  • Inorganic & Physical Chemistry for Engineers
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering Measurement
  • Biotechnology for Engineers
  • Computing in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Reaction Engineering
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Commercial Pharmaceutical & Bioprocessing Technology
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering Design
  • Professional Engineering (Finance
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Advanced Separation Processes
  • Advanced Experimental Design


A student’s week includes attending lectures and tutorials, as well as participating in laboratory-based workshops and undertaking independent study. A combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used, culminating in the submission of advanced research and design projects.

UCD has the oldest, largest and most research-active School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering in Ireland, and is benchmarked competitively against the top schools in Europe and abroad. In addition, our programme is professionally accredited to master’s level by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). All of this translates to our graduates being among the best-paid engineering professionals and sought after for employment in sectors from chemical to (bio)pharmaceutical and from energy to consultancy and design. We offer taught and research master’s and PhD opportunities, and our graduates also enter master’s and PhD programmes in leading international universities.

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering programme. Six- to eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following employers: AbbVie, Alexion, APC, BMS, GSK, Irving Oil, Jacobs, Lilly, MSD, Pfizer and PM Group.


Recent opportunities have included a year in:

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • University of Connecticut, USA
  • ENSIACET, Toulouse, France
  • McGill University, Canada

“I was supposed to study abroad at UCD for one short semester, but after enjoying my new university far too much, I transferred to study here full time! UCD’s Chemical Engineering program offers a rare combination of first-rate academics, frequent exposure to industry, and most importantly, a supportive community of students and professors. Before UCD, I frequently questioned my decision to study Chemical Engineering. With UCD’s engaging modules, and a new minor in Biochemical Engineering, I’m no longer indecisive, and I thoroughly enjoy my degree. Endless opportunities are available to UCD engineering students. Through UCD, I’ve obtained an exciting Aerospace Engineering internship in India for the upcoming summer.”

Alex DeVenne - Graduate, USA