Engineering - Aeronautical Engineering

Key programme benefits to future students
Students can choose from a range of elective modules to suit their interests. Modules are offered in Aerospace Composite structures, Aerspace Metallic Materials, Computational Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Aircraft Flight Dynamics, Control Systems, Space Technology and in Aircraft Leasing & Finance and Regulatory matters.

In addition to the modules taken as part of the programme, all students must undertake a year-long individual research project. This project contributes significantly to the overall degree award for the programme. Students can choose from a range of projects on offer and the project affords the opportunity to gain additional experience in experimental and computational methods, data analysis and technical report writing outside of the normal classroom setting. The student is required to professional present their research findings at the end of the year in the form a research thesis and final interview.

Our MSc Aeronautical Engineering degree is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland to meet the educational requirements of Chartered Engineer. However, students who enter this programme with non accredited degrees will be required to demonstrate additional competencies to Engineers Ireland in the future should they wish to apply for the registered title of Chartered Engineer.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Research Project
• Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers

Elective Modules (choose four)
Boundary Layer Theory | Computational Fluid Dynamics | Fundamentals of Continuum Mechanics | Finite Element Analysis | Aerospace Metallic Materials | Composite Aerospace Structures | Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Simulation | Aerodynamics 2 | Airworthiness and Space worthiness | Space Systems Design

Spring Modules
• Research project

Elective Modules (choose four)
Introduction to Heat Transfer | Propulsion Systems | Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics | Aircraft Control Systems | Engineering Mechanics of Plastics & Composites | Fracture Mechanics | Advanced Aerospace Structures | Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis | Foundations of Aircraft Leasing | Engineering Alloys | Plasticity of Conventional and 3D Printed Metals Analysis & Design of Spacecraft Structures

Summer Modules
• Research Project

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to the programme is a 2:2, (Level 8 - QQI) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Aeronautical Engineering, or closely related field. For international students, the entry equivalent will be accepted as determined by the Course Director in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions. Where applicants are non-native English language speakers, certified achievement in TOEFL or IELTS Standard English Language Competency Test will be required. An interview may be part of the admission process.

Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
A copy of your birth certificate/passport
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

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, on-campus.

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Graduate careers
Prospective careers for graduates are very broad including all elements of aerospace, automotive, engineering design, advanced manufacturing and construction, aviation leasing & finance and regulatory matters

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Daytime,Full time

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