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School Description:

The School of Engineering is comprised of the Disciplines of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering; Electronic and Electrical Engineering; and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Postgraduate activities within the School range from part and full-time Masters and Diploma courses to advanced research programmes usually leading to the award of Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:

•at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country

•a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees

All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor’s role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Further enquiries

Head of School: Professor Henry Rice
Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate):
Professor Richard Reilly

Telephone: +353-1-896 1746
Email: engineering@tcd.ie

Application date

Research Applications

No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie

Research areas

Research Programmes

The School of Engineering has an international reputation for its research activities and currently has an annual research income in excess of €6 million. This serves to support both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who work in a stimulating environment with modern facilities and equipment. Suitably qualified candidates can apply for registration as graduate students working in the research areas outlined below and research funding often provides scholarships for Masters and Doctoral students, to cover the registration, course fees and living costs of research students. Currently, there are over 330 postgraduate students and a significant number of postdoctoral fellows and research associates, many of whom are from other European and non-European countries. Interested candidates are advised to make direct contact with the relevant academic staff member in the first instance. Information on the research activities of the staff can be obtained from our website http://www.tcd.ie/Engineering/research/

The School has an international research reputation in many topics, including water engineering, structural materials, behaviour and control, digital media processing, communications engineering, energy, vibrations and acoustics, fluids, fatigue, manufacturing technology, bioengineerng, transport modelling and geotechnical testing. The research-led school includes internationally renowned experts in their fields. Most of its research is funded through collaborative projects involving industry, the EU and national government programmes.

The principal topic areas in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering are Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation (based in the TRIP research centre see http://www.tcd.ie/transport-research/ ), Geotechnics and Sustainability. While sustainability is high on the agenda in many disciplines in Engineering, there is a specialised research centre in the Michael McNamara Centre for Construction Innovation and Sustainability (known as TrinityHaus – see http://www.trinityhaus.tcd.ie/).

The one-year taught postgraduate courses offered in this discipline lead to a Masters degree in civil engineering in three streams – Structures and Geotechnical, Transportation, and Environmental Engineering and seven different Postgraduate Diplomas. The M.Sc. taught course may be taken on a full-time basis over one year, or part-time over two years. It allows students to gain specialist knowledge in all areas of civil engineering.

The state-of-the-art laboratories, field units and the wide ranging expertise of both the academic and the technical staff combine to create the largest civil engineering research centre in Ireland.

In Electronic and Electrical Engineering there are a number of main research areas that lie within the broad engineering discipline of Information and Communications Technology, or ICT. An M.Phil. course in Music and Media Technology is run jointly with the Department of Music. Also a one-year full time MSc by Module taught course may be introduced next academic year.

In Information and Communications Engineering (see http://ctvr.ie/), activities centre on future communications systems with particular emphasis on reconfigurable and software radio, cognitive wireless networks and dynamic spectrum allocation regimes. Work in signal processing lies broadly in the areas of image/video processing, audio and acoustic signal analysis, speech recognition and synthesis and associated applications.

Advanced Engineering Materials and Microelectronic Technology is a well-established research area that includes the design and development of techniques for the measurement of the electrical properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals, glass-forming liquids and polymers and the magnetic and dielectric properties of nano-materials. In the microelectronics fabrication and test area, research interests include the preparation and characterisation of different structures formed on silicon. A one-year full time MSc by Module taught course is also available.

Research in Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (www.tcd.ie/bioengineering) covers neural engineering which involves the design, development and evaluation of biomedical signal processing methods to generate active implantable devices for use in neural engineering applications. There is also work on the design and development of biomedical instrumentation primarily for clinical applications, in particular the non-invasive measurement diagnostic parameters.

Also on offer is a taught M.Sc. course in Bioengineering, run jointly with University College Dublin. This course can be covered in one year full-time or over two years part-time. The course aims to equip engineering graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the medical device industry or as clinical engineers.

Mechanical Engineering houses excellent research and laboratory facilities. Projects are carried out by research groups specialising in Fluids Acoustics and Vibration, Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics, and Manufacturing and Materials Engineering. Researchers in these groups lead research activity in Bioengineering and Energy Devices and Systems.

The research activities of all research groups involve significant work on the application of advanced computer based numerical modelling and simulation for the solution of engineering problems so that there is a common theme of computer based analysis, modelling and experimental validation in each of these areas.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time)
Engineering (M.A.I.) (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time)

September 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time)
Engineering (M.A.I.) (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time)

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