Engineering - Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering - Access Course

This Access Course is for Honours students whose primary degree is not in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, but who wish to join the MEng in Mechanical & Manufacturing programme. It is a bridge between your existing knowledge and the knowledge you need to enter one of these courses. It is a one-year part-time course.

To provide relevant fundamental Mechanical and Manufacturing knowledge in preparation for the MEng programme.

To be a skills conversion programme.


You can study part-time and remotely for maximum flexibility. It offers an opportunity to change your career path. It is a unique programme not available anywhere else in Ireland. Located in a modern, state-of-the-art building with excellent teaching, laboratory and computing facilities.

Fees Reduction

This programme is supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) under their Graduate Skills Conversion Programme, resulting in a reduced fee for European Union citizens. This is subject to review each year and you can see the latest fees schedule here.

Entry requirements


General Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements for the Access Course are: A level 8 (NFQ level 8 qualification) Honours degree in a Science/Technology based degree (Applied Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, etc.), OR A level 8 (NFQ level 8 qualification) Honours degree in other areas of engineering (Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, etc.) Both cases are subject to an interview if deemed necessary by the Chair of the Programme or Head of School.


1 year part-time.

Careers or further progression


The Access programme offers an entry route to the Postgraduate programmes in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, which opens up many opportunities to its graduates.

Some students have launched a new career in design and manufacturing, often based on new skills they have developed and nurtured during the Masters project. Part-time students have found that their career progression has been more rapid, or that new roles have opened up with their employers. Others have progressed to PhD research and gained further advancement and recognition.

In a competitive time for positions, the extra qualifications provided by this programme are a valuable addition to your CV.

Further enquiries

Enrolment and start dates

There is no February intake for this programme. Commencement of Programme September 2019.

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