Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year
Graduate Diploma
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr. Orest Shardt

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Brief Description

This is a conversation course specifically designed for the graduates who have obtained a primary degree in a science or engineering discipline (other than Chemical Engineering) and wish to develop a career in the process or pharmaceutical industries. This course provides a firm grasp of the fundamental principles underlying the field of chemical engineering and practical engineering experience in the design and operation of chemical process. It offers an exceptional opportunity for science and engineering graduates to obtain a recognised qualification in the Chemical Engineering profession in only one year of full-time study.

Graduates of the programme will display a firm grasp of the fundamental principles underlying the field of chemical engineering and practical engineering experience in the operation of chemical process. They will also be able to perform a chemical process design with the knowledge of using common industrial software packages and the ability of defining problems and identifying constraints in design work. They should also show a good understanding and appreciate the safety, health and environment as well as the sustainability, economic and ethical issues in engineering profession.

This programme is IChemE accredited to ensure international professional recognition for graduates of the degree.

Are you thinking about broadening your career prospective by becoming a chemical engineer, even though your first degree is not in chemical engineering?

If your answer is YES - then this is the right course for you – this specially designed one-year full-time programme offers rigorous training in chemical engineering profession and converts non-chemical engineering graduates to recognised chemical engineers. Graduates of this programme will gain significant improvement of their professional versatility and employability in both Irish and EU chemical/process industries. 


The programme is a full time course which spans an academic year plus an additional six week project period (Summer Semester: mid May to July). Students study five taught modules in Autumn Semester, five taught modules in Spring Semester, and complete the design project during summer semester.

As well as learning the relevant theory, students are given laboratory training on the practical aspects of processing operations, and they also have the opportunity to gain expertise in the use of a number of industry-standard chemical engineering design and simulation software packages.

The programme includes a series of one-day plant visits, where students get a chance to tour chemical processing facilities and to interact first-hand with chemical engineering professionals.  In order to ensure relevance to the needs of the job market, the design and development of the programme is carried out in close consultation with Irish chemical and pharmaceutical companies.  A medal and prize is awarded each year by Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd for the student graduating with highest marks.

Autumn Spring Summer (May-July) 
  • Principles of Chemical Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Mass Transfer Separations
  • Advanced Engineering Maths.
  • Process Safety, Control and Instrumentation
  • Batch Processing Engineering
  • Plant & Process Management
  • Advanced Transport Processes
  • Chemical Engineering Design Methods
  •  Chemical Engineering Design Project

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Applicants should normally have a primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) with a minimum result of a 2H2 (Second class honours, grade 2) in a relevant branch of science or engineering (e.g. Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry or Biochemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Environmental, Food or Materials Science, Mechanical, Environmental or Food Engineering).  They must also show evidence of proficiency in chemistry (chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics) and mathematics, (particularly in differential and integral calculus). Applications from graduates with work experience are especially welcome.


  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €7,660 

Non- EU - €19,300

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

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Graduates of this course are in high demand by major Irish and multinational companies for employment as chemical/process/project engineers in a wide range of process industries: pharmaceutical, chemical and biochemical, oil and gas, healthcare, food and drink, water, consumer goods etc.. Graduates have been employed also by companies making equipment or components for the process, biomedical or IT industries. There is also opportunity for graduates to pursue research Master and PhD.