Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary field investigating the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. Materials Scientists and Engineers are at the centre of virtually every area of technology from optoelectronics to space materials and from automotive and automotive manufacturing to biomedical devices. The core knowledge in this field is essential in currently evolving advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) and nanotechnology. Graduates will gain expertise in fundamental materials science and real-world engineering application of materials, including metals, ceramics, composites and semiconductors.

This programme is delivered by a School with a long history of innovation, establishing its first spin-out company more than 40 years ago, attracting more than €5 million in research funding annually, and leading SFI’s national centre for advanced manufacturing.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Core
Materials Science and Engineering IIMEEN30090
Technical Ceramics MEEN40080
Advanced Polymer Engineering MEEN40110
Materials Thermodynamics and Kinetics MEEN40160
Research Skills and Techniques MEEN40560
Project (MEngSc Materials)MEEN40890
Advanced Metals Processing MEEN41150

Stage 1 - Option
Energy Systems Integration BSEN40350
Chemistry of Materials CHEM30090
Nanomaterials Chemistry CHEM40870
Advanced Characterisation Tech CHEN40510
Solid State Devices EEEN20070
Professional Engineering (Finance) MEEN30140
Computational Continuum Mechanics IMEEN40050
Fracture Mechanics MEEN40060
Energy Systems and Climate Change MEEN40090
Computational Continuum Mechanics IIMEEN40150
Professional Engineering (Management) MEEN40430
Medical Device Design MEEN40600
Biomaterials MEEN40630
Technical Communication MEEN40670
Physics of nanomaterials PHYC40410

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in an Engineering or cognate Physical Sciences degree programme.

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.

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

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

Application dates

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MEngSc Materials Science and Engineering FT (T286)
Duration 1 Years Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

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


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
If you are a graduate of the MEngSc Materials Science & Engineering programme you can look forward to limitless employment opportunities in a substantive array of industries. Most companies worldwide employ materials professionals and examples where UCD materials graduates now work are: General Electric or Rolls Royce (Aerospace), Astrium (Space), Stryker or Boston Scientific (Biomedical) or Siemens (Energy).

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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