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MEngSc Food Engineering

2020 Details

Programme Commencing:

September 2020

Programme duration:

12 Months

MEngSc Food Engineering:

Ireland has always been synonymous with quality food production and a global leader in food manufacturing, technology and innovation as evidenced by recent investments by the Kerry group (€100 million Global Technology and Innovation Centre, Kildare, Ireland) and Glanbia (the biggest dairy processing plant facilities of its kind in Europe at a cost of over €180 million, Kilkenny, Ireland). With investment in key plant infrastructure comes investment in people and knowledge to complement this. The objective of this graduate programme is to educate engineers and scientists in the scientific and technological aspects of food manufacturing and processing. This dynamic and engaging Masters will provide graduates from engineering, technology, science or related disciplines the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in bioprocess and food manufacturing systems.

This graduate programme will appeal to those who are interested in food and bioprocess engineering, risk assessment, process development, process control, advanced manufacturing systems and associated environmental issues. This specialisation will lead graduates to a number of employment opportunities in one of Ireland’s most important indigenous industries. Comprising a turnover of €24 billion, the food and drinks manufacturing industry provides excellent job prospects for graduates of this programme.


Engineering at UCD is highly attractive to students due to the exposure to world leading researchers and the significant career prospects.

  • The MEngSc programme at UCD is currently the only graduate programme on Food Engineering in Ireland.
  • UCD is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutes worldwide.
  • Degrees with high employability with dedicated careers support.
  • Ireland’s largest and most international university.
  • Established in 1854 with 160 years of teaching and research excellence.

what will i study?

The MEngsSc Food Engineering involves lectures, practicals, assignments and a minor thesis.

Indicative Module List:

  • Bioprocess Engineering Principles
  • Food Chain Integrity
  • Food Refrigeration Engineering
  • Waste to Energy
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Global Cold Chain Safety
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment for Human and Animal Health
  • Unit Operations in Bioprocess Engineering
  • Advanced Food Process Engineering
Food Engineering

In addition, students will be mentored by internationally leading research active staff on a course of research leading to a minor thesis on a research topic of choice.

What past graduates have to say:
John Meehan
‘’The knowledge I gained in process analytical technology was particularly useful. Overall very relevant programme and got me to where I wanted to be, working in the food industry’’
John Meehan 2016
Glanbia Graduate Training Programme
What past graduates have to say:
Karolina Chaber
“The knowledge which I gain helped me find a job. It was the best year in my life”
Karolina Chaber 2014
C&D Foods, Co. Longford, Ireland
What past graduates have to say:
Owen Murphy
• The masters in food engineering allowed me to update my skills set and facilitated my career development • The programme was interesting and it meet my expectations • It did what it said on the tin
Owen Murphy 2014
Panelto Foods, Co. Longford, Ireland
What past graduates have to say:
Xiao Wang
• This programme is very helpful. Food is very important to people and this programme is really helpful in gaining experience in the fundamentals • I particularly found the final project and CV and Interview preparation useful. • I had a very positive experience at UCD and gained lots of help for future projects and PhD application
Xiao Wang 2013

Entry Requirements:

Honours in a relevant Engineering, Science or Technology degree. Applicants who do not hold a relevant primary degree but have significant prior work experience will be considered by the Programme Co-ordinator on a case by case basis.

Other courses of interest:

MSc Sustainable Energy & Green Technologies MSc Environmental Technology MEngSc Food Engineering

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