Engineering - Applied Materials

What is the programme about?
The Masters and Postgraduate Diploma of Engineering in Applied Materials will provide learners with the expertise, tools and techniques essential to material characterisation, simulated design, failure analysis, and applied materials selection.

This programme focuses on the formulation of new solutions, principles, and methods to illustrate and evaluate the failure of mechanical components, identify functional deficiencies, and formulate design solutions. Learners will experience materials from an atomic level to component response simulation, using appropriate software-based formats. They will learn to synergise modern post-processing methods and advanced manufacturing techniques, as applied to a range of high-performance challenges including AM-embedded sensoring for aerospace applications, surfaceresponsive technologies for smart water and wastewater infrastructure, and environmentally responsive bulk materials to replace unsustainable single-use plastics and films.

The programme will develop the skillsets required to solve advanced design problems and to provide critical raw material support in several industrial fields, including smart manufacturing, pharmaceutical, built environment, and aerospace.

Special Features of this course
There is a strong focus on handson research with access to industry standard equipment, including static/ dynamic UTMs, advanced microscopy tools (3D, dark field), and bespoke environmental test chambers.

Subjects taught

What subject areas will I study?
Materials Science in Engineering
Finite Element Analysis I & II
Design Driven Innovation
Materials in Processing and Industry 4.0
Applied Mechanics of Materials
Research Methods for Engineering
Innovation for Sustainable Enterprise
Dissertation (Engineering)
Work-based Project
Professional Development

Entry requirements

1. Graduates with a minimum for 2.2 honours in a Level 8 degree such as Mechanical/Materials Science/Aerospace/ Aeronautical /Aircraft Engineering or equivalent programme.


2. Graduates with a Level 7 Distinction award in Mechanical/ Materials Science/Aerospace/Aeronautical/Aircraft or equivalent programme with a minimum 2 years relevant post qualification experience.


3. EU and International graduates whose qualifications which are in line with the Bologna agreement or the international NARIC system for Level 8 comparison.

4. International learners must have an English Language score of 6.0 ILETS or a Duolingo score of 100.


1 year full-time

Post Course Info

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
Graduates of this programme will acquire the skills to design, and conduct experiments and apply a range of standard and specialised research tools and techniques of enquiry. They will also have the expertise to develop and build appropriate finite element models to solve complex engineering problems with respect to the predicted life of a material in service.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Successful graduates of this programme may apply to undertake a PhD at the Institute of Technology Carlow or other third-level institutions.

Potential employment opportunities
• Materials Scientist
• Design Engineer/Manager
• Failure Analysis Engineer
• Product Designer
• Critical Resource Management (CRM) Consultant
• Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences
• Transportation equipment manufacturing
• Computer and electronic product manufacturing
• Engineering services.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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