Course Overview

This award-winning programme was designed in partnership with academics and employers to meet the specific requirements of industry. It equips graduates with essential knowledge and skills in the fields of operations, technology and innovation management and makes you industry ready. 

The programme aims to enhance graduates’ technical and management contribution in various enterprises including manufacturing, financial services, health services, government, and many more. It invites participants from many disciplines: it is suitable for Engineering, Science, Commerce, and Arts graduates who wish to pursue a career in a high-tech environment. This conversion course aspect is of significant interest to students who may wish to change direction from their course of undergraduate study and pursue a new career path that offers them sound employment prospects in a growth area.

The Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) programme is highly regarded by employers and there is always a very strong demand for our graduates. All of our graduates have secured high quality roles in engineering, management and information systems with companies such as Accenture, Apple, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Stryker, Ingersoll Rand, Jaguar, Valeo, Pepsi, Kerry Group, IBM, and Hewlett Packard.

Key features of the programme include:

    • Infusing a strong ethos of innovation in students
    • Engaging teaching methods (e.g. Lego serious play; company visits; guest lectures)
    • A customised learning programme to suit the needs of individual students
    • Multidisciplinary approach (e.g. Engineering, Technology, Business)
    • Extensive career opportunities

Enterprise Systems focus on people, process and technology related issues in an organisation. Our flexible course structure allows you to build your own curriculum by choosing from a number of available modules to make up 50 ECTS (credits) or equivalent over the duration of the programme. A research thesis (30 ECTS) and Research Methods (10 ECTS) are core subjects and ensure students develop their critical thinking, analytical and writing skills. Learning outcomes are achieved by problem-based learning techniques and completion of a number of real world assignments. Written examinations are held each semester.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Problem-based learning techniques are used in most of our modules. You must also complete a number of real world assignments. Written examinations take place at the end of each semester.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry to the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) is open to those who hold a Second Class Honours degree at Level 8 in a related discipline. Candidates who hold a Level 8 degree without honours and who have three years’ relevant experience will also be considered.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2023

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

The flexible structure allows you to tailor the programme to your specific needs. You can choose from those listed below. Modules are subject to availability and other modules may be made available. You must also prepare a research thesis on a topic to be agreed with an academic leader. We will equip you with all scientific skills you need to do this in our module on Research Methods.


Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Further Education

Many of our graduates have been successful in securing scholarships to conduct research at PhD level.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have been very successful in securing high quality employment. Your next job title could be: Operations Manager; Entrepreneur, Product Manager, Training Manager, Product/Process Engineer, Quality Manager, Systems Analyst.

What some of our employers say:

Alan Phelan | CEO Nucleus VP Group
We have engaged and recruited graduates and found them to be great problem solvers and critical thinkers. Their background in lean systems has been very applicable to a number of our companies where they have helped to implement sound systems and processes which have allowed our subsidiaries to scale rapidly.

Martin Conroy | Senior Director Medtronic
The Enterprise systems programme at University of Galway focuses on providing the necessary knowledge to be excellent systems thinkers. Graduates have the ability to understand people; process as well as technology related issues in an organisation. The programme encourages candidates to analyse problems using scientific methods and to generate innovative and effective solutions to these problems. Furthermore graduates are given real skills such as the ability to work in a team and communicate well. Such skills are essential to fast moving high tech companies like ours.

David Ronan | Director of Technical Operations Vascular Solutions Zerusa
The Masters of Applied Science programme contains essential skills for the engineers, managers and entrepreneurs of the future.  A broad range of skills, theory and practical applications are taught in a highly customisable way by experts in their particular fields, giving graduates a clear advantage in a changing work environment which values attitude, aptitude and experience as much as it values qualifications. 'Innovation' as a discipline can't be taught - it must be grown organically and this programme is designed to inspire students to solve challenges with an innovation mindset, to look for alternative solutions and be able to assess and apply them with a strategic, systems approach.  I see this programme being of immense value in developing graduates who can deliver real value for companies and at the same time building strong careers for themselves. 

Martin Keegan | Techical Operations Director Novate Medical
Having worked in the Medical Device, Fleet Telematics and Telecommunications industries, the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) at University of Galway is a great addition to those pursuing a management opportunity in Operations or Project/Program management.

What some of our international advisors say:

Professor Dr.-Ing. Habil. Ralf Riedel Chemnitz University Germany
The Enterprise Systems program at University of Galway is well structured and at a high level of quality in terms of taught content and teaching methodology. In the program a strong link between theory and practical application in labs and case studies is emphasised which facilitates the thorough understanding of theoretical concepts and the application of appropriate methods for a multitude of real world problems. The great extent of team-oriented project work enhances the social competencies of the students. A structured advice and individual coaching helps for building up methodological and communication skills. Further, by the applied research methods students are motivated to think critically and to adopt a holistic perspective. The Enterprise Systems program develops applicable and relevant competencies and hereby, addresses very well the needed skills of future engineers.

What some of our graduates say:

Paul Gleeson | Accenture
The programme is well delivered as there is a nice balance between practical and classroom based learning. I found the lecturers to be some of the most helpful and engaging people I have come across during my studies as they take a hand on approach to getting students involved in class discussions and debates. All in all, the programme is an excellent foundation for finding future employment opportunities due to the high level of personal and professional development you will obtain. It helped open up numerous career opportunities for me so it is a programme that I would highly recommend.

Paul McCormack | Allergan
I undertook the Masters of Applied Science in University of Galway with the aim of acquiring new skills and knowledge to aid in my future career progression. The course was challenging and required high standards throughout. While striving to meet these standards I believe I have greatly improved my knowledge of business systems and gained valuable new skills. I believe the lessons learnt during the course will facilitate my personal and professional development into the future.

Damien Coleman | Baxter Healthcare

I would highly recommend doing the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) at NUI, Galway. The wide variety of subjects offered allowed me to tailor the course to suit my needs and help me progress in Baxter Healthcare. I found the course to be challenging but extremely enjoyable and it helped me to gain deeper understanding of subjects such as Operations, Quality, Lean Manufacturing and Logistics. The standard of the lectures and guest speakers were second to none. This coupled with the energizing discussions and refreshing workshops has resulted in ensuring my future will be all the better for completing this masters.

Conor Hynes | Lean Project Manager NTMA / NAMA

The Master of Applied Science (Enterprise System) has equipped me with the tools and traits required to succeed. From the outset the structure was tailored to the needs of individual students but was delivered in a very organised and coherent fashion. For me, the influence of both the lecturers and guest lecturers was the most significant benefit of the course. The enthusiasm, ambition and drive they showed was infectious and was the catalyst I required to begin my career.

Alan Fahey | Project Cost Estimator at Reidy Contracting Group, New York
I would highly recommend doing the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) at NUI, Galway. The skills learned from this course can translate to working in almost any industry. When coming to the US in search of employment I found that having completed the course I could apply for almost any entry level job. Modules such as Lean Systems, Operations Management, and Quality Management can give you a new way at looking at problems and improving business. The lecturers I had were excellent with a great deal of industry experience and there was never an issue when asking for help or advice. Overall the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) is a highly rewarding course that opens the door to a world of opportunities.

Caimin Morey | Zimmer
The Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise systems) has transformed my career. Before the course had ended I had secured full time employment in the medical device sector, in a role where I was directly applying what I had learned. The modules offered are specific, challenging, relevant to industry and delivered in state of the art facilities. Furthermore the flexible structure allows you to tailor the course to suit your own needs and desired career path. I found the lecturers remarkable, they were always available and willing to help, and they took a personal interest in seeing me develop both professionally and personally. I could not recommend this masters and University of Galway highly enough!

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,760 p.a. FT €3,915 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€7,620 p.a. FT 3,810 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. FT €105 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€24,140 p.a. 2022/23


Student levy €140—payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.


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Dr Kathryn Cormican
Programme Director
T: +353 91 493 975


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