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Engineering with Business

ME Engineering with Business
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
The ME in Engineering with Business offers a unique opportunity for engineering students to complement their technical expertise with a deep understanding of the business and management aspects of engineering practice such as operations, human resources, marketing and strategy. As a result graduates will develop a distinctively cross disciplinary perspective, which is essential to a successful career in business. If you have a mechanical, civil, electrical or electronics background and you plan to practise engineering in a business context, then the ME (Engineering with Business) is an excellent choice for you.

-This programme is delivered in conjunction with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland's leading business school.

-This programme was voted GradIreland Engineering Postgraduate Course of the Year 2015 and is the only business-oriented masters programme accredited by Engineers Ireland for Chartered Engineering Status.

-On this programme you will be able to build on your core technical skills, while also gaining a unique set of competencies in business and technology management. As a result you will develop a cross disciplinary perspective which is essential to a successful career in business.

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

The ME (Engineering with Business) is for engineering graduates from any discipline who plan to practice engineering in a business context.

Course Description
Professional engineers need to understand the environment in which they practice. As their career progresses, engineers are increasingly involved in functions such as finance, quality, marketing and strategy. The ME provides grounding in these areas, to give graduates an understanding of the business implications of engineering decisions. The programme focusses on the practical application of knowledge, which culminates in the 6 month work placement and the industry oriented research project in the final year.

Vision and Values Statement
The objective of the ME (Engineering with Business) is to produce graduates who have full competence in their chosen engineering discipline, are also educated in a range of business and management subjects, and have direct experience of researching and practicing as an engineer in a business environment. This programme thus caters for the career needs of the graduate and at the same time benefits the wider community by producing engineering graduates with business acumen and the potential to create wealth in the economy. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to make a positive contribution to society, through the application of technical and business knowledge to solve problems and improve the quality of life of communities and consumers. They will have the potential to fill key management roles in industrial and commercial enterprises, both in the state and private sectors.

Learning Environment
The programme is delivered with an open, self-directed, team based learning ethos. Students are challenged to take the knowledge gained in the classroom and apply it in business placements and through industry based research projects.

Teaching Approach
The programme caters for a wide range of learning styles by utilising lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical exercises. There is a particular focus on group work with students from both technical and business backgrounds, and communication of learning to a variety of audiences.

Programme outcomes
Students will be able to: 1) Demonstrate mastery of a specialized body of knowledge, skills, technologies and advanced digital tools within their chosen engineering discipline
2) Describe the basic principles of management and business organization, and to explain their application in a technical environment
3) Display understanding of the social, ethical and legal considerations relating to engineering practice in society
4) Apply their knowledge and understanding of engineering and business in industrial and public service contexts. This will involve the integration of technical and business knowledge and skills in the design, implementation and management of complex socio-technical systems.
5) Demonstrate decision-making skills and judgement both in the analysis of problems and in the implementation of solutions, with a view to solving technical, financial, social, sustainability, health and environmental challenges on a global level.
6) Acquire capability in analysis, problem solving, inductive and deductive reasoning in both quantitative and qualitative contexts.
7) Communicate articulately and persuasively, to a range of audiences both specialist and non-specialist, with a view to disseminating knowledge and facilitating debate and effective decision -making in organizations and in society.
8) Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in teams and to display the potential to take on management responsibilities within their technical disciplines.
9) Display the ability to self-evaluate, and to manage their life-long learning and professional development, through both team based and self-directed learning.

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with first 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 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.


2 years, full time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Where can I go?
The ME in Engineering with Business is designed to produce fully qualified engineers who have a particular interest in and understanding of the business context within which engineers usually operate. It was conceived to address the perceived lack of 'industry-ready' engineers coming out of third-level education. Career opportunities are very broad as the ME degree positions the student not as a narrow technical specialist but as a 'T-shaped' individual, combining specialist skills with a broad understanding of the business environment. In addition to careers within their technical specialisations graduates can consider careers in commercial roles, management consulting, the financial sector or IT.

Previous employers of alumni include: Accenture, Abbvie, Boston Scientific, Deloitte, Intel, Jaguar UK, MSD Carlow, PJ Walls, PM Group, RPS Consulting, and SAP.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Entrepreneurship in Action

Management & Org Behav (ME)

Professional Engineering (Finance)

Professional Engineering (Management)

ME Eng. with Business Thesis

Research Methods (Engineering with Business)

Operations Management

Supply Chain Design & Analysis

Engineering Project Management - Tools & Techniques

Professional Work Placement

Production Systems Analysis

Business Information Systems Management ME/MEngSc

Marketing Management ME (Business)


Student Internships
A six month work placement where student's technical and business knowledge can be applied and developed in a dynamic real-world setting. These placements are designed to expose students to all aspects of a technology business, while allowing them to develop their personal and personal and professional skills. The placement is followed by a four month Master's research project, including research methods training. There is the potential for the project to be a follow-on to the work placement, allowing an ongoing in-depth study of the industry and the organisation.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
ME Engineering with Business FT (T166)
2 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

ME Engineering with Business (T166) 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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