Course Overview

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering is a one year, full-time programme designed to give students knowledge of a wide range of advanced mechanical engineering topics. This 90 ECTS (credits) programme features 60 ECTS of taught modules and 30 ECTS for a Research Thesis on an advanced mechanical engineering research topic. Although the modules are taught over two semesters, the Research Thesis takes place over the entire year.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Dr Kevin Moerman

Dr Richard Barrett

Dr Noel Harisson

Dr Eoin King

Dr Martina Kelly

Dr Mingming Tong

Prof Dr Rory Monaghan

Prof Dr Kathryn Cormican

Enda Fallon


Dr Will Ronan

Dr Jamie Concannon

Prof Dr Patrick Mcgarry

Dr Michel Destrade

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment will consist of continuous assessment via coursework and project work, along with written examinations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry to the programme is open to individuals who have a minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (H2.1), in a Level 8 Mechanical Engineering degree (or in a related discipline), from a recognised university or third-level college. Factors taken into account in determining admission will include the specific content of the undergraduate degree, the applicant’s performance, and the availability of places.

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2024

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Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

This programme will be accepting applicants on a rolling basis

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

This is a 90 ECTS course which features. 30 ECTS are allocated to a significant research component, the Research Thesis, which runs throughout the year. The remaining 60 ECTS is for taught modules. The taught modules includes 5 core modules listed below, which all students entering this program (25 ECTS):

  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Engineering Acoustics: Noise and Sustainable Development
  • Finite Element Methods in Engineering – Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods for Engineers

Recognising the multi-disciplinary nature and breadth of mechanical engineering as a domain, this course offers students flexibility to design their own educational journey and specialisation. As such, beyond the core modules above, students may choose 4 to 6 of the following advanced mechanical engineering modules (20 to 30 ECTS):

  • Materials II
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Turbomachines & Advanced Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Energy Systems Engineering
  • Combustion Science & Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Advanced Finite Element Methods
  • Non-Linear Elasticity* - OR - Partial Differential Equations*
  • Biomechanics
  • Advanced Computational Biomechanics
  • Fundamentals of Python Programming
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Applications
  • Digital Control Systems for Automation and Robotics* - OR - Power Systems*
  • Embedded Machine Vision


Finally, students may choose 1-3 (5-15 ECTS) of the following industry focussed modules:

  • Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Lean Systems
  • Project Management
  • Safety Engineering
  • Physical Ergonomics
  • Human Reliability


* The modules labelled with an asterisk alternate on a yearly basis. The final list of available options will be shared with all students.


Assessment for this course will consist of continuous assessment via coursework, written examinations, as well as the final thesis.

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'.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Optional BME6101: Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP494: Partial Differential Equations - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP410: Non-Linear Elasticity - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME432: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EG5101: Advanced Energy Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CT561: Systems Modelling and Simulation - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME4109: Materials II - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME5107: Mechanical Engineering MSc Thesis - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Required BME5100: Advanced Computational Biomechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MP553: Advanced Applied Mathematics for Engineers 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME516: Advanced Mechanics of Materials - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required ME521: Research Methods for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME426: Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE6113: Energy in Buildings - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE6101: Coastal and Offshore Engineering I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE509: Advanced Structures - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME5171: Combustion Science and Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MP554: Advanced Applied Mathematics for Engineers 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required ME5106: Advanced Manufacturing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required BME501: Advanced Finite Element Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Mechanical engineering industry (e.g., power generation, renewable energy, machine tool manufacture, equipment manufacture, transport and aerospace industry, general manufacturing industry, offshore oil and gas industry), biomedical engineering industry; engineering management; furthermore advanced research (e.g., PhD); software (engineering) development; engineering consultancy.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

This course included the following industry focussed and transferable skills modules: Safety Engineering, Physical Ergonomics, Human Reliability Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Lean Systems, Research Methods for Engineers, and Project Management.

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,640 p.a. (including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€8,500 p.a. (2024/25)

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€27,000 p.a. (€27,140 including levy) 2024/25

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