Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

This course is best suited to Mechanical Engineering graduates with an interest in developing advanced skills. Those with a particular interest in computational design and analysis of fluids/heat problems and materials/structural design.

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering program is a professionally oriented master’s degree program that provides advanced knowledge and experiential opportunities beyond that of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. This programme provides a detailed knowledge of advanced methods in Mechanical Engineering including theoretical foundations, and computational and experimental methods. Furthermore, a focus is placed on applying the knowledge and skills gained through the programme to real challenges within the manufacturing and mechanical engineering sectors. The programme has been developed to meet the needs of the regional and national engineering industry, which requires graduates with high-level skills in design, analysis and testing. In addition, the course fulfils the requirements of Engineers Ireland for a Master’s degree in an engineering discipline as the minimum educational standard for Chartered Engineer status.

The programme has been designed to provide a flexible route to masters qualification and is available in both full-time (2 days per week for 1 year) and part-time (1 day per week for 2 years) delivery modes with significant focus placed on the research dissertation, completed over the duration of the course.

The course comprises of 60 ECTS Credits of taught modules and 30 ECTS Credits for the research dissertation. Students will have the option to carry out the research dissertation on a specific topic, relevant to the program of study, informed by their particular background or areas of interest.

The MEng in Mechanical Engineering contains 4 mandatory taught modules per semester. Additionally, there is a Research Dissertation module that takes place throughout the duration of the course (including write-up over the summer period). The content of the programme has been tailored to provide advanced engineering analysis skills relevant to the broader manufacturing and mechanical engineering sector.

Learners gain fundamental knowledge in modules such as Fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Advanced Mechanical Design in semester 1, before applying this knowledge to develop new skills in analysis-based modules such as Finite Element Analysis and Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics, in the second semester.

The requirement for engineers that can develop effective experiments to investigate an issue or develop a new prototype has been addressed through a dedicated statistics and design of experiments module, followed by an instrumentation and control module.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything an engineer does and therefore the programme includes an Energy and Sustainability module that addresses topics such as: sustainability and the circular economy, climate change, renewable energy technologies, and the green economy.

The assignments, case studies, and application selected for the various modules are informed by the research of the academics involved and/or by links with local industry. For example, the cases utilised for the Computational Fluid Dynamics module will come from state-of-the-art research that is taking place within the Centre for Renewable Energy (CREDIT) within the institute.

Subjects taught

The MEng in Mechanical Engineering contains 4 mandatory taught modules per semester. The Research Dissertation module takes place throughout the duration of the course.

Semester 1
Fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics (7.5 Credits)
Statistics and Design of Experiments for Engineers (7.5 Credits)
Advanced Mechanical Design (7.5 Credits)
Energy and Sustainability (7.5 Credits)

Semester 2:
Engineering Management (7.5 Credits)
Finite Element Analysis (7.5 Credits)
Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (7.5 Credits)
Instrumentation and Control (7.5 Credits)

Year Long:
Research Dissertation (30 Credits)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an Honours bachelor's degree (NQF Level 8 or equivalent) with a minimum grade 2.1 in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related engineering discipline that should have covered mechanical engineering fundamentals such as Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Materials.

Depending on the number of applications, candidates may be short-listed, i.e. a qualified applicant is not automatically guaranteed a place.


1 or 2 years, part-time or full-time.
Delivery Method: Blended

The MEng in Mechanical Engineering is available in both full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 years) delivery modes and will be delivered primarily online, with some practical laboratories and tutorial sessions delivered on campus on a set day of the week, in order to facilitate part-time students who may be travelling to the Dundalk Institute of Technology campus.

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering spans a minimum of three semesters. This includes two semesters of teaching and one dedicated to the thesis write-up. The programme has a blended delivery, with most lectures online and some labs/tutorials conducted onsite.

In the first semester, the induction content is delivered over a one-week period (using a blend of online and in-person sessions), and then there are approximately 11 weeks for the delivery of the other four modules. The second semester contains approximately 11 weeks of lectures for the delivery of four modules. The Research Dissertation module takes place throughout the duration of the programme. A typical week on the Masters in Mechanical Engineering programme (Full-Time) consists of two hours of lectures/tutorials per module plus laboratory work and tutorials.

Please Note: Students will be required to attend the institute for formal end-of-semester exams and some lab-based assessments.

Enrolment dates

Starting Date: September

Post Course Info

The MEng in Mechanical Engineering will equip graduates with the skillset and knowledge for crucial roles in research, design, and development in a diverse range of national and regional engineering and manufacturing companies.

Graduates may progress to research Ph.D. programmes either in DkIT or other institutions. The Research Office at Dundalk Institute of Technology facilitates graduate studies through the DCU/DkIT graduate school.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Blended,Full time,Part time

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