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MEngSc Interfacial Engineering of Advanced Materials

2021 Details

Programme Commencing:

September 2021

Programme duration:

1 Years Full Time

MEngSc Interfacial Engineering of Advanced Materials

One of the central themes of contemporary Chemical Engineering is the synthesis and design of novel functional materials and molecular devices for applications in a broad range of chemical and electronic systems. The latter include chemical and optical sensors, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, nano-particulates and powders, selective nano-membranes, photovoltaics and catalysts for a very broad variety of chemical and photochemical transformations of materials and energy. This master’s is offered by the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering to address the growth in demand for an advanced degree spanning the development and design of process technologies associated with the above fields of interest. The programme is designed for graduates of Chemical or Mechanical Engineering who wish to obtain an advanced qualification in interfacial process technologies evolving from recent advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology.


The applications of Interfacial Engineering are clear in a broad spectrum of industries in Ireland today and opportunities for employment exist in many companies which contribute significantly to the Irish economy including: Intel (Deposition of nano coatings onto semiconductor devices / etching processes); HP (Hydrophilic / hydrophobic coatings for printer heads, to control ink drop release); SeaGate (Disk drive manufacture PVD/ PECVD processes); Analog Devices (Semiconductor device fabrication); RUSAL (Aughinish) (energy storage via nanostructured aluminium materials); Medical Device companies (e.g. Medtronic, Cook Medical, Boston Scientific, Abbot, Becton Dickinson, Covidien, Lake Region, Clear Stream, Apica, Creganna, Metal Improvement Company) and the Pharma sector. Post-graduate research opportunities at PhD level also exist within the School or at Universities internationally with whom the School has close ties.


The UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering is the oldest and largest degree-granting school of its type in Ireland, it is a highly research-intensive School holding 101-150 in the QS World Subject Rankings and Top 6 in Ireland/UK Employer’s and Research rankings.


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

  • 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 programme’s teaching methods are highly interactive and varied with contributions from a combination of industrial practitioners and leading researchers in their fields. Students participate in lectures, tutorials and practical exercises.

Core Modules Include:

  • Advanced Process Design
  • Advanced Experimental Design
  • Advanced Mass Transport in Interfacial Systems
  • Nanomaterials
  • Chemical-Engineering Design
  • Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Product Design Interfacial Engineering

Optional Modules Include:

  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Solid-State Electronics
  • Soft Matter and Interfacial Chemistry
  • Chemical Processes of Sustainable and
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Systems and Climate Change
  • Fossil Fuels, Carbon Capture and Storage


  • Physics of Nanomaterials
  • Biological Interactions with Materials
  • Computational Methods for Modelling Atomistic Systems
  • Nanomaterials Chemistry
A Message from our Programme Director:
Niall English
With this new and exciting degree, Chemical Engineering at UCD fills a notable lacuna on the international postgraduate training/education scene in the increasingly important area of interfacial engineering. The important distinction between it and other materials based taught Masters programmes is that it addresses the need for a programme focused on the design, tailoring and characterization of interfacial materials spanning fundamental electronic/ atomistic principles to macroscale engineering manufacturing processes. In this regard this programme complements the ME in Materials Science and Engineering within the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. There is an increasing demand for sophisticated interfacial engineers, well trained in all aspects from the atomistic to the cellular level, with a deep grasp of surface-modification/manipulation technologies, as well as their characterisation and applications in engineering design for a whole suite of materials, from the bio- to the nano-scale.
Prof. Niall English
Programme Director

Entry Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree with a minimum upper second class honours (NFQ level 8) or international equivalent in a chemical engineering, mechanical engineering or materials engineering programme.

Other courses of interest:

MEngSc Chemical Engineering MSc Biotechnology MEngSc Biopharmaceutical (Full-Time) Master of Engineering Management

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