MEngSc Chemical Engineering

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.

Module Information:

Under the "What modules can I take?" section below you will see general module information, for a more detailed description including module selection rules click here.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

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 industry at international level in the coming years.

  • This programme is delivered by a highly research-intensive School holding 101-150 in the QS World Subject Rankings and Top 6 in Ireland/UK Employer’s and Research rankings and awarded €9.56 million in research funding between 2014-19.
  • 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.

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 chemical-engineering practice, as well as learning a whole suite of advanced technical material and undertaking 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 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 prepaing graduate for leading roles in industry, building on fundamental advanced understanding, will be imbued.

  • 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 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 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.

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 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.

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MEngSc Chemical Engineering (T218) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9300
nonEU    fee per year - € 29100

***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

  • A Chemical Engineering honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a 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. Please see the following link for further information:
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Graduate Profile - Chenxi Qi

"I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University of Technology (China) in 2019 with one-year study-abroad experiences in Finland and Poland. I chose to study for my masters in UCD as it is the top place to study for chemical engineering in Ireland, according to the QS World University Rankings by subject. In addition, lots of chemical and pharmaceutical companies are based in Ireland, which provide a wide range of career opportunities. During my time of study at UCD, the courses used innovative ways of teaching. Some specialists in the chemical industries were invited to give lectures and guide my group projects. Even with COVID-19, the courses made the complete transition to online teaching quite well. Also, administrative staff were extremely friendly and helpful, such as keeping students updated of new career opportunities. Moreover, the university had a lot of social activities which help students to relax after classes. So, I believe UCD is certainly the best university to enjoy both study and social life."

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).

The following entry routes are available:

MEngSc Chemical Engineering FT (T218)
1 Years
Full Time

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