Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

University of Limerick

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Program Overview

This programme is the only course of its kind in the Mid-West and Western regions of the country. Process engineering is the central area of expertise underpinning many important, sustainable industries and businesses within both the Irish and global economies. Such enterprises include: biopharmaceuticals, fuels, chemicals, and drug manufacture, energy production, food and beverage processing, environmental waste remediation, and electronic component manufacture.

The Irish pharmaceutical, chemical and biochemical industries have been primarily responsible for the recent consistent increases in the national export performance, proving these sectors to be stable and resilient, even in harsh economic conditions.

In all of these areas, the chemical/biochemical engineer is of key importance both in the design and operation of the processing systems and in the development and manufacture of novel products.

The IChemE accreditation ensures international professional recognition for graduates of the degree.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



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This four year honours degree programme comprises formal lectures/study, practical laboratories, workshops, training on industry-standard process engineering software, project work, as well as a substantial Cooperative Education period working in an industrial placement.

Years 1 and 2 provide a comprehensive grounding in all of the subjects required for a career as a professional chemical/biochemical engineer. As well as rigorous training in mathematics, process engineering, computation methods, chemistry, biochemistry, and physics, closely allied subjects are also studied, including bioprocess engineering, engineering materials and process design methods.

Beginning in year 2 and continuing throughout year 3, you will gain knowledge in fluid mechanics and heat transfer, reaction engineering and mass transfer separation. The programme also offers some advanced-level modules in the areas of pharmaceutical manufacture, formulation and sustainable methods for energy and fuel production. In year 3 you will take part in Cooperative Education placement - a training period where you will work as a chemical/biochemical engineer on one or more project-related tasks within a company, enterprise or institution.

In year 4 you will undertake a design project, in which you will work as part of a team to carry out the comprehensive design of a sustainable process for the large-scale production of a chemical or biochemical-based product. This project will give you an opportunity to develop and hone your skills in other important areas of professional engineering practice.

Year 1

Semester 1    

  • Engineering Maths 1    
  • General Chemistry 1    
  • Physics for Engineers 1    
  • Principles of Chemical Engineering    
  • Process Engineering Computation    

Semester 2    

  • Engineering Maths 2    
  • Engineering Materials    
  • Organic Chemistry 1: Functional Groups    
  • Physics for Engineers 2    
  • Physical Chemistry 1: Thermodynamics & Kinetics    

Year 2

Semester 3    

  • Engineering Maths 3    
  • Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer    
  • Organic Chemistry 2    
  • Biomolecules    
  • Bioprocess Engineering 1    

Semester 4    

  • Engineering Maths 4    
  • Process Technology: Instrumentation, Control    
  • Physical Chemistry 3: Phase Equilibria    
  • Plant & Process Management    
  • Chemical Engineering Design Methods    

Year 3

Semester 5    


  • Experiment Design    
  • Reaction Engineering & Reactor Design    
  • Mass Transfer Separations    
  • Process Flowsheeting, Unit Sizing, Software    
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics    

Semester 6    

  • Cooperative Education    

Year 4

Semester 7    


  • Sustainable Energy Processes    
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation    
  • Bioprocess Engineering 2    
  • Research Project    
  • Design Project 1    

Semester 8    

  • Batch (Pharma) Process Engineering    
  • Fluid Process Control    
  • Advanced Transport Processes    
  • Process Troubleshooting    
  • Design Project 2    

Minimum grades    

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements    

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Process Engineer
  • Process Projects Engineer
  • Biotech Production Specialist
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Process Development & Chemical Engineer
  • IPT Engineer


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