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LM115 - Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Course Details

Course Code: LM115

Level: NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2017: 465
Course Leader: Dr Witold Kwapinski
Phone: 00 353 61 234935

Tel: 00 353 61 202015

The Student Experience

Course Description

About You

Are you a person who:

  • Is interested in pursuing a career that can really make a practical contribution to helping people and society, e.g. The production of new drugs to fight disease, developing realistic ways for sustainable energy generation, providing efficient technologies for combating climate change?
  • Enjoys the challenges of solving applied problems and applying your analytical skills to finding innovative solutions?
  • Has a flair for science and technology and wishes to put these talents to good use?

If so, this may be the programme for you.

The new B.E. (Hons.) Chemical & Biochemical Engineering provides an interesting, intellectually challenging, and educationally rigorous degree programme that leads to a professionally recognised qualification and good employment prospects in any of a variety of stable, sustainable, well-paid careers.

Why Study Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at UL?

This new 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 Structure

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 Semester 2 Summer
Engineering Maths 1 Engineering Maths 2
General Chemistry A Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics
Physics for Engineers 1 Organic Chemistry 1
Process Engineering Computation Methods Physics for Engineers 2
Principles of Chemical Engineering Instrumentation, Control & Modelling

Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Summer
Engineering Maths 3 Engineering Maths 4
Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer Engineering Materials
Organic Chemistry 2 Phase Equilibria
Biochemistry Plant & Process Management
Bioprocess Engineering 1 Process Design Methods 1

Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Summer
Advanced Engineering Maths Cooperative Education
Reaction Engineering & Reactor Design
Mass Transfer Seperations
Process Design Methods 2
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Year 4 Semester 7 Semester 8 Summer
Sustainable Energy Processes Batch (Pharma) Process Engineering
Pharmaceutical Formulation Fluid Process Control
Bioprocess Engineering 2 Advanced Separation Processes
Research Project Process Troubleshooting
Design Project 1 Design Project 2

Entry Requirements

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.

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, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.

Applications are welcome from transferees with NFQ (National Framework of Quali cations) Level 7 awards. Suitably quali ed students may be offered exemptions from years 1 and/or 2.

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certi cate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Of ce (CAO) by 1 February.

Career Prospects

Graduates may enter careers as professional engineers with any company, enterprise or institution involved with the practical application, development, research, manufacture of products, or provision of services that involve chemical or biochemical reactions and processes.

Typical careers might include;

  • Pharmaceutical/drug manufacture
  • Mineral extraction
  • Petro and Agro-chemicals
  • Food/Beverage production
  • Biorefineries
  • Environmental engineering
  • Biochemicals/biologics manufacture
  • Sustainable fuels/energy production
  • Porcessing of fine and heavy chemicals
  • Chemical energy conversion systems

Follow-on Study

You can further develop your competence by undertaking postgraduate research studies here in UL.

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Student Profile

Alison Loughran
In school my favourite subject was maths, with chemistry and biology a close second. This course seemed to incorporate everything that I liked so I got in contact with the lecturer I had spoken with at the UL Open Day and met with him about the course. He really simplified what a chemical engineer does; ???A chemist creates a recipe for something on lab scale, while a chemical engineer takes this recipe, and must make the same compound on large scale???.

The course itself is quite challenging but that was something that attracted me from the beginning. We cover some general areas like engineering maths, physics and chemistry while the more specialised topics include fluid mechanics and heat transfer, phase equilibria, mass transfer separations, pharmaceutical formulation etc. The final year then has an individual research project and a group design project.

I completed my Co-Op work placement in Analog Devices, Limerick for 8 months. I worked on a team in the diffusion/strip work centre. I was also given individual tasks and projects which included carrying out checks on new tools, data collection for tools not yet automated and working with the manufacturing staff in a cleanroom environment. I realised how versatile my degree is as I gained great manufacturing experience and greatly developed communication, team work and troubleshooting skills.

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