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Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering (BEng Honours) (Level 8)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BEng (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics*, and either English or Irish. *Mathematics must be at least Grade H4 (or Note 1).

Note 1: The requirement for H4 Mathematics may also be satisfied by H4 in Applied Mathematics plus H6 in Mathematics.

NB: Please note the H4 grade in Mathematics can also be used to satisfy one of the H5 entry requirements.

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:

Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.

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Work Placement

A salaried placement is undertaken, starting at the end of Year 3 and continuing into the second semester of Year 4, and is spent either in industry or with a consultancy (subject to availability).

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Applied Mathematics. We recommend that you have two of the three science subjects.

Course summary

Chemical Engineering is ideally suited to students with ability in mathematics and science, who enjoy problem solving and aspire to well-paid, satisfying jobs at home and abroad. With 35 years’ experience, we have demonstrated that fulfilling, world-class, careers can be achieved by graduates. Lectures are supplemented by laboratory sessions, project work and team exercises. The course is comprehensive, addressing sectors from heavy chemicals like oil and gas to high value products like pharmaceuticals, as well as issues like energy efficiency, waste minimisation and environmental protection, all in the context of safe and sustainable operations.


Process, Energy and Transport Engineering



Open Days
8th November 2018
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy County Cork

16th November 2018 
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
17th November 2018
CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork


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Annual Engineering Exhibition
11th April 2019
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
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About Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering

Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering is all about change; creating life enhancing products and services by applying scientific and mathematical understanding to design, control and improve processes that change raw materials into useful products. Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineers are world leaders in producing medicines, clean energy and water, and other key products in a cost effective, safe and environmentally-friendly manner.




The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has accredited the chemical engineering degree at Master level. Accreditation is for a period of 5 years at Master Level, effective from the academic year 2015/2016 up to and including academic year 2019/2020.  

When these graduates seek Chartered Chemical Engineer status with IChemE, their CIT degree means they will fully satisfy the academic requirements, without the need to demonstrate Further Learning to Master level.  They will have demonstrated that they have the chemical engineering knowledge and understanding required for a Chartered Member of IChemE

The programme is also accredited by Engineers Ireland, which represents all engineering disciplines in Ireland and is a member of Federation Europeene d'Associations Nationales d'Ingenieurs (FEANI) through which Irish engineers are recognised in Europe. Engineers Ireland is a signatory to the Washington Accord through which Irish engineers are recognised in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and UK.

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at CIT:

Question Time

How proficient at Mathematics should I be?
As with all engineering programmes, Mathematics is used as a tool to communicate ideas and to solve problems so you should be comfortable with Mathematics.

Can I pursue a career in pharmaceuticals?
Many graduates pursue careers in the fine chemical, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries where they are involved with plant design, commissioning, operations and optimisation.

Who will be teaching me?
The lecturers are Chemical Engineers and most have spent significant amounts of time working in the Process Industry, and as a result can bring real life experiences to the classroom.

Will I have lectures where there are hundreds of other students?
CIT prides itself on the fact that all courses are taught in a small class environment (typically 30 students per class), ensuring that students have every opportunity to interact with their lecturers and succeed in their studies.

Graduate Profile

Erin Reidy
Graduate Engineer

“Based in MSD Brinny, I am currently involved in production support engineering and clean utilities. This involves work on various projects to reduce costs and improve the processes. These projects take me to all areas of the site from sterile manufacturing to environmental engineering. MSD Brinny Biopharmaceuticals treat cancers, arthritis, Hepatitis C, and Crohn’s disease. They are made on-site through biotech fermentation, purification, sterile filling and packaging, and released to 90 countries.

As a graduate engineer I work with very varied team projects towards continuous improvement and the sustained production of the biopharmaceuticals. Completing my degree in CIT’s Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering has prepared me to start my career in industry where I use the technical, practical and team-work based skills I have learned every day.”

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering CR105

With over 30 years of graduates, alumni may be found in North America, Australia, and the Far East, at levels from vice-president of corporations to recent hires. Many of the graduates remain in technical support roles, others develop into managerial positions as production, engineering, human resources, and general managers. The ‘typical’ graduate is engaged in the region, in the greater Munster area, in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sector. Starting salary for chemical engineers is usually the highest of all engineers, reflecting the world-wide demand for their skills.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Pharmaceuticals & Biopharmaceuticals
  • Food & Beverages
  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy & Environment
  • Building Products
  • Consultancy

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Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

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