Course Title: Process and Chemical Engineering
College: Science, Engineering and Food Science
Duration: 4 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BE (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2013/14 the Student Contribution Charge will be €2,500 and the Capitatation Fees will be €155
Entry Requirements: HC3 in two subjects and passes in four others at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, mathematics, one laboratory science subject (i.e. chemistry, physics, biology, physics with chemistry (joint) or agricultural science) or Technology and two subjects recognised for entry purposes. A HC3 in Mathematics or Applied mathematics; if the HC3 is in Applied Mathematics, a HD2 in Mathematics is also required.
Entry Points: 2012: 405. Points may vary from year to year.
Course Code: CK601
A degree in Process and Chemical Engineering provides a pathway towards helping meet society’s needs. These include energy generation, food production, water supply, waste management, consumer goods and healthcare products. Society’s needs are driven by economic considerations and framed by ecological limits. In this context, the challenges facing society through the twenty-first century are substantial. A number of radical innovations, both technical and non- technical, are required in order to overcome the many challenges ahead. Potential solutions will need to be rooted in the economic, social, environmental and political context. Process and chemical engineers, with their understanding of material and energy flows and of thermodynamics, are well placed to be key, indeed lead, players in this universal and trans-disciplinary effort. At UCC, you will find particular emphasis on the food, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.
The BE Process and Chemical degree provides students with a strong chemical engineering core, with specialist elective streams in Energy and Environmental or Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical. The degree also provides you with the necessary technical and interpersonal skills to work in any process industry. There is a continuing emphasis on the development of soft skills such as team working and presentation skills throughout the course.
A six-month work placement between year 3 and year 4 provides undergraduates with valuable experience and insight into the work of a chemical process engineer, and helps provide you with the necessary skills and attributes to make a successful transition to a professional career following graduation.
Our graduates are highly employable in the pharmaceutical, food and other process industries, in design and manufacture of process equipment and processes, and with engineering consultancy companies.
Year 1 is common across Engineering, and provides an opportunity for transfer to the other engineering courses at UCC at the end of Year 1.
- Physics and Chemistry
Plus engineering foundations in:
- Process and Chemical Engineering
- Communication and Ethics.
Optional modules are offered in: Electrical and Electronic Systems, Energy Engineering and Energy Policy, and Engineering Structures.
Year 2 continues to cover foundation sciences in mathematics and chemistry, and introduces engineering sciences relevant to chemical engineering, such as:
- Fluid Mechanics
- Heat Transfer
- Structural Mechanics
- Mass Transfer
- Chemical Reaction Engineering
- Plant Design and Commissioning.
Years 3 and 4
Years 3 and 4 deal with more specialised topics and industrial practice.
- Unit Operations (with emphasis on those of interest to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical
- Particulate Systems Engineering.
And industry practice topics such as:
- Quality Systems
- Environmental Protection and Safety.
There are three important capstone modules, a six-month work placement in industry between years 3 and 4, an individual research project in Year 4 and a group design project of a manufacturing facility, also in year 4.
- HC3 in two subjects and passes in four others at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, mathematics, one laboratory science subject (i.e. chemistry, physics, biology, physics with chemistry (joint) or agricultural science) or technology and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
- Additional Requirements: HC3 in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics; if the HC3 is in Applied Mathematics a HD2 in Mathematics is also required.
- Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and may be called for interview. An aptitude for mathematics is beneficial. There are two places available on this course for mature applicants.
- International Students
EU Applicants: Application to the first year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply on-line at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Classes consist of lectures, tutorials and lab practicals, totaling 20 to 26 contact hours per week during 24 weeks of the year, divided into two teaching periods. The course is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland and also by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).
Yearly course grades are based on a balanced combination of continuous assessment and written examinations, organised at individual module level. Around a third of the total credits are awarded on the basis of continuous assessment and project work. The final degree grade is based on a weighted combination of all marks, with increasing weight from Year 1 to Year 4.
Dr Ed Byrne
Dr Kevin Cronin
Dr John Fitzpatrick
Dr Maria Gallagher
Dr Jorge Oliveira