Engineering with Business

ME Engineering with Business
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

Engineering is viewed by many as an ideal preparation for a career in business or management. The ME in Engineering with Business offers a unique opportunity for engineering students to complement their technical expertise with a deep understanding of the business and management aspects of engineering practice such as operations, human resources, marketing and strategy. As a result, graduates will develop a distinctively cross-disciplinary perspective, which is essential to a successful career in business. If you have a mechanical, civil, electrical or electronics background and you plan to practise engineering in a business context, then the ME (Engineering with Business) is an excellent choice for you.

This programme is delivered in conjunction with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland's leading business school, which is ranked 29th in Europe by the Financial Times. The programme was previously voted GradIreland Engineering Postgraduate Course of the Year, and is the only business-oriented master's programme accredited by Engineers Ireland for Chartered Engineering status.

Vision and Values Statement
The objective of the ME (Engineering with Business) is to produce graduates who have full competence in their chosen engineering discipline, are also educated in a range of business and management subjects, and have direct experience of researching and practicing as an engineer in a business environment. This programme thus caters for the career needs of the graduate and at the same time benefits the wider community by producing engineering graduates with business acumen and the potential to create wealth in the economy. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to make a positive contribution to society, through the application of technical and business knowledge to solve problems and improve the quality of life of communities and consumers. They will have the potential to fill key management roles in industrial and commercial enterprises, both in the state and private sectors.

Learning Environment
The programme is delivered with an open, self-directed, team based learning ethos. Students are challenged to take the knowledge gained in the classroom and apply it in business placements and through industry based research projects.

Teaching Approach
The programme caters for a wide range of learning styles by utilising lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical exercises. There is a particular focus on group work with students from both technical and business backgrounds, and communication of learning to a variety of audiences.

Programme Outcomes
Demonstrate mastery of a specialized body of knowledge, skills, technologies and advanced digital tools within their chosen engineering discipline.

Describe the basic principles of management and business organization, and to explain their application in a technical environment.

Display understanding of the social, ethical and legal considerations relating to engineering practice in society.

Apply their knowledge and understanding of engineering and business in industrial and public service contexts. This will involve the integration of technical and business knowledge and skills in the design, implementation and management of complex socio-technical systems.

Demonstrate decision-making skills and judgement both in the analysis of problems and in the implementation of solutions, with a view to solving technical, financial, social, sustainability, health and environmental challenges on a global level.

Acquire capability in analysis, problem solving, inductive and deductive reasoning in both quantitative and qualitative contexts.
Communicate articulately and persuasively, to a range of audiences both specialist and non-specialist, with a view to disseminating knowledge and facilitating debate and effective decision -making in organizations and in society.

Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in teams and to display the potential to take on management responsibilities within their technical disciplines.

Display the ability to self-evaluate, and to manage their life-long learning and professional development, through both team based and self-directed learning.

Student Internships
This programme offers students the opportunity to complete a 6-month work placement, where students' technical and business knowledge can be applied and developed in a dynamic real-world setting. This is then followed by an industry-focused research project which combines academic and practice-based learning. In the last year, more than 72% of the programme graduates found a job before they graduated.

Professional Accreditation
This ME is professionally accredited by Engineers Ireland and recognised by the Washington Accord for Chartered Engineer status.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Entrepreneurship in ActionBMGT30090
Management & Org Behav (ME)BMGT44310
Eng. Decision Support SystemsMEEN41090
Operations ManagementMEEN41100

Stage 1 - Option
Professional Engineering (Finance)MEEN30140
Supply Chain Design & AnalysisMEEN40790
Engineering Project Management - Tools & TechniquesMEEN40800
Introduction to Manufacturing Simulation and RoboticsMEEN41070
Project Management CasesMEEN41110
Cases in Supply Chain DesignMEEN41130

Stage 2 - Core
Professional Engineering (Management)MEEN40430
ME Eng. with Business ThesisMEEN41080
Business Information Systems Management ME/MEngScMIS40920
Marketing Management ME (Business)MKT40970

Stage 2 - Option
Supply Chain Design & AnalysisMEEN40790
Engineering Project Management - Tools & TechniquesMEEN40800
Professional Work PlacementMEEN40930
Professional Work ExperienceMEEN41050
ME Business Technical ProjectMEEN41140

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with first class honours or international equivalence in a Mechanical, Civil, Electrical or Electronic Engineering programme is required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent. Minimum band for writing skill: 6.5.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

ME Engineering with Business FT (T166)


* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes




2 years full-time.


ME Engineering with Business (T166) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 8085
EU Year 2 - € 8085 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 25600
nonEU Year 2 - € 25600 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20
***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
The ME in Engineering with Business is designed to produce fully qualified engineers who have a particular interest in and understanding of the business context within which engineers usually operate. It was conceived to address the perceived lack of industry-ready engineers coming out of third-level education. Career opportunities are very broad as the ME degree positions the student not as a narrow technical specialist but as a multi-skilled engineer, combining specialist skills with a broad understanding of the business environment. In addition to careers within their technical specialisations, graduates can consider careers in commercial roles, management consulting, the financial sector or IT. Previous employers of alumni include: Accenture, Abbvie, Boston Scientific, Deloitte, Intel, Jaguar UK, MSD Carlow, PJ Walls, PM Group, RPS Consulting, and SAP.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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