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Mechanical Engineering

ME Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

The ME in Mechanical Engineering is a two-year professional engineering graduate degree. Graduates of the programme will be eligible for the title of Chartered Engineer (CEng). This programme is aimed at graduate Mechanical Engineers seeking to obtain a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. You will gain advanced theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge in the application of Mechanical Engineering.

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.

Programme Outcomes

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.

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


2 years, full time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

In the year immediately after graduation, this programme boasts a 95% success rate for graduates seeking employment or progression to research education. Mechanical engineers are at the centre of every area of technology.

Graduates from this programme will be eligible to become fully qualified professional engineers, capable of working anywhere in the world at an advanced technical level or as a professional engineering manager. In the recent past, UCD ME Mechanical Engineering graduates have progressed to careers in industries such as: aerospace industry (e.g. European Space Agency), automobile industry (e.g. Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Denso), biomedical industry (e.g. Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Stryker), oil and gas (Cameron) and materials and manufacturing (Henkel, Kingspan).

Further enquiries

Contact Name:Katie O'Neill
Contact Number:+353(0)1 716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

Numerical Algorithms

Process Control

Control Theory

Heat Transfer

Engineering Thermodynamics III

Mechanics of Fluids II

Manufacturing Engineering II

Materials Science and Engineering III

Computational Continuum Mechanics I

Fracture Mechanics

Advanced Metals/Materials Processing

Technical Ceramics

Energy Systems and Climate Change

Advanced Polymer Engineering

Computational Continuum Mechanics II

Materials Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Mechanics of Solids III


Mechanics of Fluids III

Energy in Transport

Professional Engineering (Management)

Research Skills and Techniques

Technical Communication

ME Mechanical Thesis

ME Mech Prof. Work Exp. (Shor)

ME Mech Prof. Work Exp. (Long)

Technical Comms (Online)

Advanced Vibrations

Quantitative Methods for Engineers

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The following entry routes are available:

ME Mechanical Engineering FT (T165)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

ME Mechanical Engineering (T165) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 7830
EU Year 2 - € 7830 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 24800
nonEU Year 2 - € 24200 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2019 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2018/19
***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2019/2020 September

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