MCAST Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Technology

MCAST Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Technology

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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Technology
Course Code AS6-01-15
MQF Level Level 6
Duration 3 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science


2 A-Level Passes and 2 I-Level Passes Compulsory A-Level: Chemistry Preferred A or I-Level : Biology, Physics, Mathematics (Pure or Applied)

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This degree is geared towards those students who envisage a career in applied chemical sciences and related industries. The programme will offer an opportunity for students to gain a foundation in the core chemistry concepts and the manufacture of chemical products, such as pharmaceuticals, polymers, foods, beverages and petrochemicals. The knowledge, skills and competences attained give the individuals an opportunity to succeed in employment in a wide range of manufacturing and processing industries, consulting firms, government, research and educational institutions.

The course will expose students to the development and design of chemical processes at different scales and creates a bridge between science and manufacturing, by applying the principles of chemistry and engineering to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals. The programme also provides opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher level skills in a scientific and technological context, providing learners to develop a range of skills and attributes essential for successful performance in professional working life.

Within this degree students will be required to choose one minor stream of 5 units (amounting to 30 ECTS) from the following 4 options: Chemical Engineering; Human Sciences; Computer Engineering; Organizational Decision Making.

Study/Course Delivery The programme will be delivered over a three year period during which the student will be engaged in a number of lectures, tutorials, practical investigations, work placements and projects.
Assessment Various modes of assessments will be used.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Understand theoretical aspects of fundamental and specialized chemistry subjects and apply the acquired knowledge to solve complex problems encountered in the chemical industry.

2. Understand the processes involved in the research and development of chemical manufacturing activities.

3. Understand the operation and maintenance of industrial chemical plants and appreciate the need of health and safety and environmental considerations.

4. Know how to manage a quality system and understand the typical duties of laboratory managers in different types of laboratory.

Core Study Units
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • Principles of Spectroscopy and Chromatography
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemical Analysis
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Nanotechnology
  • Laboratory Management
  • Project for Applied Science
  • Work-based Experience
  • Mathematics for Chemists (Key Skill 1)
  • Scientific English (Key Skill 2)
  • Process modelling & computing
  • Fundamentals of Engineering and Process Engineering
  • Transport phenomena
  • Chemical Reactor Engineering
  • Separation Processes
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Mechanical Operation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Dissertation
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion After successful completion of the first 120 ECTS that relate to the first 2 years of the programme, the student will be awarded a higher diploma in chemical technology.
Career Opportunities
  • Senior Laboratory Analyst
  • Laboratory Administrator
  • Validation Specialist
  • Chemical Plant Administrator