ME Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
The Master of Mechanical Engineering (ME Mechanical) is a professional engineering degree programme. Graduates of this programme will be eligible for the title of Chartered Engineer (CEng).
The ME in Mechanical Engineering is a two year professional engineering graduate degree which incorporates a 6-8 professional work experience internship.
Emphasis is placed on the skills required to generate new knowledge through research. This is achieved through independent and project based learning while working with UCD academics and researchers on contemporary research projects.
Vision and Values Statement
Our vision is to educate and train our students to the highest international calibre so that they on graduation will have acquired the knowledge, skill, ability and confidence to be future leaders in the challenging, diverse and inter disciplinary field of Mechanical Engineering. We strive to empower our graduates to meet the challenges of their future professional careers or further education by providing them not only with advanced technical competency in solving engineering problems, but also with the ability to advance their career through increased technical and managerial responsibility and to the eventual attainment of leadership positions. We are committed to providing our students with an outstanding teaching experience, an innovative curriculum that includes professional work practice and training in the skills of research, innovation and technology transfer so that they are equipped to meet the challenges and demands of an ever-evolving society. We therefore endeavour to attract students that are highly capable, motivated and have an enthusiasm for the discipline. We value and therefore encourage students to be engaged, autonomous learners with the ability to work individually or within teams and to communicate their ideas and outcomes effectively.
Our programme, aimed at graduate Mechanical Engineers, is of two years duration and through its modular structure we provide the student with maximum choice, flexibility and mobility. The programme teaches a synthesis between the theoretical, experimental and computational methodologies that are utilised by the engineers of today and of the future. The programme foundations are the core mechanical engineering subjects such as continuum mechanics, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and materials. Our strong research ethos present throughout the programme, is supported by a module in research skills and techniques, and practiced in an intensive research thesis. Other relevant skills relating to business, management and communications are also taught. A period of professional work experience, obtained on a competitive basis in selected indigenous or multinational companies both at home and abroad, provides the student with an opportunity to practice as a professional engineer. A variety of teaching, learning and assessment strategies are used to achieve the desired outcomes including individual and team assignments, technical presentations, internship assessment and a significant supervised research project. These are subject to assessment on both a continuous and end-of-semester basis. Our programme is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland which ensures that our graduates are eligible to become fully qualified professional engineers with the title of Chartered Engineer (CEng) and therefore capable of practicing anywhere in the world.
The programme comprises core and optional taught modules, a research project and a professional work experience. Advanced modules are available in core subject areas of Mechanical Engineering such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, continuum mechanics, fracture mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics and control. Optional modules are available in materials engineering, nanomaterials, ceramics, metals processing, energy system and climate change and composites and polymers.
a) Advanced knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning Mechanical engineering.
b) The ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex Mechanical engineering problems.
c) The ability to perform the detailed design of a novel system, component or process using analysis and interpretation of relevant data.
d) The ability to design and conduct experiments and to apply a range of standard and specialised research (or equivalent) tools and techniques of enquiry.
e) An understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of Mechanical engineering, including the responsibilities of the Mechanical engineering profession towards people and the environment.
f) The ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.
g) The ability to communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large.
The Professional Work Experience (PWE) module is incorporated into the two-year Masters of Engineering Programme and is designed to integrate a student's academic and career interests with practical work experience for a 6-8 month period.
The module provides students with the perfect opportunity to gain increased experience and understanding of their chosen field. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.
This ME is professionally accredited by Engineers Ireland and recognised by the Washington Accord for Chartered Engineer status.