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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Your course
The Discipline of Mechanical Engineering offers two taught masters (Level 9) programmes:

The Masters in Mechanical Engineering (ME) (60 ECTS Level 9 Masters) 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 skills 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 (Semester 1 & 2) research and development project. This large group development project, which is the capstone of the ME are conducted in collaboration with an engineering industrial partner and is aligned with specific research themes.

The Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSc) (90 ECTS Level 9 Masters) will take engineering (BE) and closely-related graduates to an advanced level of mechanical engineering capability, focusing on advanced design, analysis, materials and manufacture via state-of-the-art technology. This course offers a broad range of advanced engineering modules, including advanced applied mathematics and advanced computational modelling, as well as industry-specific advanced modules in manufacturing technology, offshore engineering, energy and medical device development and materials. A substantial 12-month research thesis allows the students to implement new research skills developed within a specially-designed module on engineering research methods, including publication of the research findings.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
ME programme: individuals must have 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.

MSc: individuals must have Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (H2.1), in a Level 8 engineering degree in a related discipline, or equivalent, from a recognised university or third level college.


1 year, full-time (MSc), 9 months, full-time (ME).

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Ms. Michelle Broderick
T: +353 91 492 223


1. These Level 9 programmes are designed to meet the new Engineers Ireland requirement (a Level 9 degree is required to meet the educational standards for progression to Chartered Engineer).

2. The programmes are targeted for accreditation, and thus will have international recognition through the Washington Accord.

3. A key aspect of these courses is the teaching of innovation, entrepreneurship skills and technology, with research methods.

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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