Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

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The Master's in Mechanical Engineering (ME) (60 ECTS Level 9 master's) course follows on from the four-year undergraduate BE programme in Mechanical Engineering, providing students with the opportunity to take a first step in advanced mechanical engineering education and research within the framework of the academic and professional requirements for Chartered Engineer status. This course combines advanced taught modules and transferable skills modules with a significant research and development project (Semesters 1 and 2). This large group development project, which is the capstone of the ME, is conducted in collaboration with an engineering research or industry partner and is aligned with specific research themes.

Important information re the level of the ME qualification and students' satisfaction of accrediation requirements:

ME Programme Accreditation The Master of Engineering (ME) at NUI Galway is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, meeting the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation. Successfully completing this (Level 9) ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.

The ME programme on its own is a 60 ECTS one academic year course of study. Graduates with an honours degree in a cognate engineering discipline may be eligible to take the ME. This will be of interest to graduates who wish to study more advanced topics in their core engineering discipline. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification should be aware that professional accreditation is assessed by the Engineering Councils on the basis of the aggregate periods of study (Level 8 + Level 9), and not on the Masters year alone. Candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.


1. For applicants holding a bachelor's degree recognised by Engineers Ireland (EI) as a Level 8 qualification, this ME programme satisfies the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer status. The ME programme is fully accredited by EI and has recognition globally through the Washington Accord.

2. Significant advanced group design, build and test project to develop new technologies for energy, medical device and manufacturing industries and research centres of excellence.

3. A key aspect of this course is the teaching of multidisciplinary subjects, along with innovation, research and industry applied subjects.

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Minimum Entry Requirements
ME programme: individuals must have a minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (H2.2), in a Level 8 engineering degree in a related discipline, or equivalent, from a recognised university or third-level college. Factors taken into account in determining admission will include the specific content of the undergraduate degree, the applicant's performance, and the availability of places.


9 months, full-time.

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Career opportunities
Mechanical engineering industry (e.g., power generation, renewable energy, machine tool manufacture, equipment manufacture, transport and aerospace industry, traditional and advanced manufacturing industry, offshore oil and gas industry); biomedical engineering industry; engineering management; further more advanced research (e.g., PhD); software (engineering) development; engineering consultancy.

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