Engineering Practice

Key programme benefits to future students
Linking our learners with the practice of engineering both at technical and management level will produce graduates who are employable at leadership roles within their organisations.

Through the medium of online learning, learners will develop very quickly an active online learning environment where they are supported by their academic supervisor during the thesis proposal phase right up to the final presentation of their work.

There is a strong focus on engagement and collaboration with fellow learners and the different industries during the thesis phase. The introduction of an Industry Thesis Champion who acts as a mentor for the learner provides the programme continued support from leading experts in engineering disciplines. Ensuring that there continues to be a focus on current practice, and leading-edge research on the programme.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• This semester you will participate on a thesis preparation module where you will produce a thesis proposal and present your work to a team of academics and invited industry experts.

Spring Modules
• This semester you will continue to work on your thesis and present regularly to your designated academic supervisor. At the end of this semester you will submit your work in a documented format and you will be required to present your work to an invited audience in a formal setting as part of your final thesis assessment.

Entry requirements

Applicants must already hold two Professional Diploma awards, 30 ECTS each at Level 9 (example of pathways above in Overview), with a minimum second class honours grade two (2.2) or equivalent, as deemed appropriate by the Academic Programme Director. Note: The 60 ECT credits alone (not the grades) are carried over from the two professional diplomas. Therefore the final award is based solely on the grade earned for the thesis.

One of these Professional Diplomas must be a programme completed and awarded by the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

A student’s route/specialism for the Masters must be from one of the two routes from which they completed their Professional Diplomas.

For example, a student may have completed a Professional Diploma in Innovation and one in Aviation. Their route on the MSc in Engineering practice must be within one of these two areas. The route will be indicated on the applicants academic transcript.

Please note:
If you have not completed a 30 ECTS Level 9 Professional Diploma at the University of Limerick but have done so at another Academic Institution, then your application will be reviewed by the Academic Programme Director at the School of Engineering at the University of Limerick. Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

What to Include with your Application
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number)
Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name
A copy of your most recent CV
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year part-time, on-campus.

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Graduate careers
Graduates will typically pursue careers in manufacturing in metallurgical, ceramic, polymer and composite technologies related to a diverse range of manufacturing sectors e.g. aerospace components and engines (including repair), chemical processing and process plant, power generation plant and many other manufacturing Industries. M. Sc. graduates in Advanced Engineering Materials would also be expected to gain employment in consultancy, research and development, product and process development or quality control and assurance.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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