Engineering - Applied Materials - Carlow

The 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 Advanced Manufacturing of embedded technologies 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
There is a strong focus on hands-on 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 subjects 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

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

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


1 year full-time

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Study & Career Opportunities
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.

Successful graduates of this programme may apply to undertake a PhD at SETU Carlow or other third-level institutions.

Potential employment opportunities include:
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.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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