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Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

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.

Admission requirements

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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

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

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


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

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fee varies, please visit the university's website for more information.


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Continuing studies

Graduates with this degree have pursued Ph.D. research in a chosen field.

Career paths

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

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University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is renowned for its graduate employability, dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement. With close to 16,000 students, including 3,000 international students, UL is...

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The Universities commitment to graduate employability, UL`s dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement.  

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University of Limerick

University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

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