Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Manufacturing Process & Automation Systems

Course Outline

This course is offered in response to sustained international demand for highly skilled graduates in mechanical engineering for manufacturing and process engineering industries. On completion of the course, you will be able to:

show a thorough understanding of the principles and theoretical bases of modern manufacturing techniques, automation, and production processes

identify appropriate manufacturing systems for different production requirements and analyse their performance

apply appropriate technology, quality tools and manufacturing methodology to design, re-design and continuously improve the manufacturing operations of engineering companies

plan, research, execute and oversee experiments and research projects, critically analyse and interpret data, and effectively disseminate results

work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, be self-motivated, able to work independently and demonstrate leadership

Programme Requirements

Students take 90 credits as follows:

In Part I, students must take 20 credits of core modules and select 40 credits of elective modules.

Part II consists of a dissertation in Mechanical Engineering to the value of 30 credits, which is completed over the summer months.

Modules in Part I are offered subject to availability. Alternative modules may be offered. The choice of modules is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Why Choose This Course

This is the only broad-based masters degree in manufacturing and automation in Ireland.

Entry requirements


Candidates must have an honours Bachelor Degree (NQF Level 8 or equivalent) with a minimum grade 2H2 in mechanical engineering or a closely related engineering discipline that should have covered mechanical engineering fundamentals such as mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and materials. Candidates for whom English is not their primary language, should possess an IELTS of 6.5 (or TOEFL equivalent) with no less than 6.0 in each individual category.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.

For more information please contact the International Office.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

In response to increasing demand for highly skilled graduates in the field of mechanical engineering applied to the manufacturing and pharma-chem industries, this course will produce mechanical engineering postgraduates who are proficient in the development and realisation of modern manufacturing, process and automation systems. This is achieved through developing an understanding of the concepts of manufacturing systems, and the skills to analyse, design and implement manufacturing systems in practice. This is combined with an understanding of process automation and operational management. The course will equip you with an-up-to date knowledge of manufacturing techniques and processes.

Further enquiries

Ms Niamh O'Sullivan


t: + 353 21 490 2923

Dr William Wright


t: +353 (0)21 490 2213

Subjects taught


Core Modules

ME6019 Preliminary Research Project (10 credits)

MG6021 Operations Management (5 credits)

MG6315 Project Management (5 credits)

Students must select a total of 40 credits of elective modules from Group A and Group B, with not less than 25 credits from Group A, the balance of credits from Group B, and with no more than 30 credits of elective modules selected in any single Semester:

Group A elective modules (all 5 credits):


ME6006 Non-Destructive Testing

ME6007 Mechanical Systems

ME6008 Robotics

ME6009 Industrial Automation and Control

ME6012 Advanced Robotics

CE6024 Finite Element Analysis

EE4012 Biomedical Design

Group B elective modules (all 5 credits):

PE6009 Pharmaceutical Engineering

PE6002 Optimisation and Continuous Process Improvement

PE6003 Process Validation and Quality

PE6007 Mechanical Design of Process Equipment

CE3010 Energy in Buildings

CE4016 Energy Systems in Buildings


ME6020 Dissertation in Mechanical Engineering (30 credits)

Full details may be found in the College Calendar. Module descriptions may be found in the Book of Modules.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.


Course Practicalities

Each module typically consists of 24 lectures, 12 hours of continuous assessment, plus additional supplemental reading and study, carried out over one of two 12-week semesters from September to December (Semester 1), or January to March (Semester 2). The exact workload in each teaching period will depend on the choice of modules. In addition, a substantial weekly commitment to the project module ME6019 is expected over both semesters.

Who teaches this course?

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCC:

Dr S. Merrille de Almeida

Dr Padraig Cantillon-Murphy

Dr Guangbo Hao

Dr Richard Kavanagh

Dr William Wright

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCC:

Dr Denis Kelliher

Dr Dominic O'Sullivan

Department of Process and Chemical Engineering, UCC:

Dr Edmond Byrne

Dr Kevin Cronin

Dr Jorge Oliveira

You can find further details about the above online using UCC's research profiles.

Assessment method

Individual modules have different methods of assessment but this typically consists of a single end-of-semester examination in December or April/May, plus continuous assessment throughout the relevant semester. This continuous assessment may consist of a combination of in-class tests, formal laboratories or practicals, design exercises, project work, written reports and presentations. Any repeat examinations are held in August.

Students who pass but fail to achieve an average mark of at least 50% across the taught modules excluding the Preliminary Research Project (ME6019) or do not achieve a mark of at least 50% in the Preliminary Research Project (ME6019) will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems). Candidates passing Part I of the programme who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems).

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:

For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020

Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020

Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020

Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020

Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June

Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 7 September 2020

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