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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.

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.

Duration

2 years, full time.

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
ACM40290

Process Control
CHEN40560

Control Theory
EEEN40010

Heat Transfer
MEEN20050

Engineering Thermodynamics III
MEEN40010

Mechanics of Fluids II
MEEN40020

Manufacturing Engineering II
MEEN40030

Materials Science and Engineering III
MEEN40040

Computational Continuum Mechanics I
MEEN40050

Fracture Mechanics
MEEN40060

Advanced Metals/Materials Processing
MEEN40070

Technical Ceramics
MEEN40080

Energy Systems and Climate Change
MEEN40090

Advanced Composites and Polymer Engineering
MEEN40110

Computational Continuum Mechanics II
MEEN40150

Materials Thermodynamics and Kinetics
MEEN40160

Mechanics of Solids III
MEEN40170

Nanomaterials
MEEN40180

Mechanics of Fluids III
MEEN40190

Energy in Transport
MEEN40210

Professional Engineering (Management)
MEEN40430

Research Skills and Techniques
MEEN40560

Technical Communication
MEEN40670

ME Mechanical Thesis
MEEN40700

ME Mech Prof. Work Exp. (Shor)
MEEN40710

ME Mech Prof. Work Exp. (Long)
MEEN40720

Technical Comms (Online)
MEEN40820

Quantitative Methods for Engineers
STAT40690

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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