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Materials Science & Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary field investigating the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. ME Materials Science and Engineering Programme assists manufacturing-based engineering by training students for work in industry sectors as diverse as biomedical, energy, electronic, automotive and aerospace. This programme will provide advanced engineering education in subject areas related to design and application of materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and semi-conductors. The core knowledge in this field is essential in currently evolving advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing (also known as 3D-Printing) and nanotechnology.

Graduates from this programme will be fully qualified professional engineers, capable of working anywhere in the world at an advanced technical level.

Focus on real-world materials used for the manufacture of advanced engineered components and systems such as biomedical implants.

Integrated theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge.
Technical research project in collaboration with world leading research groups and researchers.

Who should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision & Values Statement
This programme is aimed at students with a primary degree in engineering or cognate physical science who wish to develop a career or engage with further studies in materials science and engineering leading to a professionally accredited qualification. We value and therefore encourage students to be engaged, autonomous learners who have a critical and problem-solving approach to materials as they are used in both common and advanced engineering applications. Of key importance within the learning experience is the ability of the student to work individually or within teams and to communicate their ideas and outcomes effectively. Students should also not lose sight of the ethical, environmental or human perspectives within which they work. We aim to provide a stimulating learning environment with a wide-ranging and relevant taught curriculum that is underpinned by a hands-on laboratory experience that will encourage students to develop a deep understanding of structure-property relationships in materials. A significant period of structured internship at an industrial partner is a key component of the programme. 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.

Programme Outcomes

Advanced knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning their branch of engineering.

The ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex engineering problems.

The ability to perform the detailed design of a novel system, component or process using analysis and interpretation of relevant data.

The ability to design and conduct experiments and to apply a range of standard and specialised research (or equivalent) tools and techniques of enquiry.

An understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people, society and the environment.

The ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

The ability to communicate effectively on complex technical activities with the engineering and science community and with society at large.

Advanced knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning their branch of engineering.

An understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people, society and the environment.

The ability to communicate effectively on complex technical activities with the engineering and science community and with society at large.

The ability to design and conduct experiments and to apply a range of standard and specialised research (or equivalent) tools and techniques of enquiry.

The ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex engineering problems.

The ability to perform the detailed design of a novel system, component or process using analysis and interpretation of relevant data.

The ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity

Entry requirements

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

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Duration

2 years full-time.

Number of credits

120

Careers or further progression

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
If you are a graduate of the ME Materials Science and Engineering programme you can look forward to limitless employment opportunities in leading companies of the manufacturing, biomedical, aerospace, energy and electronic sectors. Manufacturing accounts for 24% of Irish economic output and employs 20% of the Irish workforce directly or indirectly. Ireland's aerospace and aviation industry is worth over €4.1 billion to the Irish economy, and there are more than 250 companies involved in the aerospace, aviation and space sectors in Ireland, providing employment for around 42,000 full-time workers. Moreover, Ireland hosts 18 of the world's top 25 medtech companies and a multi-national semi-conductor manufacturing company (Intel Leixlip), overall employing over 40,000 people. UCD materials graduates have taken up roles such as data scientist, manufacturing engineer, development engineer, and research engineer, in different industrial sectors including aerospace (General Electric, Rolls Royce, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics), electronics (Intel), biomedical (Boston Scientific, Stryker, DePuy Synthes) and energy (Siemens).

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Option

Chemistry of Materials CHEM30090
Advanced Characterisation Tech
Solid-State Electronics EEEN20070
Materials Science and Engineering II MEEN30090
Professional Engineering (Finance)MEEN30140
Manufacturing Engineering IIMEEN40030
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 Polymer Engineering MEEN40110
Professional Engineering (Management) MEEN40430
Medical Device Design MEEN40600
Biomaterials MEEN40630
ME MSE PWE (Short)MEEN40750
ME MSE PWE (Long)MEEN40760
Physics of nanomaterials HYC40410

Stage 2 - Core
Research Skills and Techniques MEEN40560
ME MSE Project MEEN40740

Stage 2 - Option

Chemistry of Materials HEM30090
Advanced Characterisation Tech CHEN40510
Solid-State Electronics EEEN20070
Materials Science and Engineering II MEEN30090
Professional Engineering (Finance) MEEN30140
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
Advanced Polymer Engineering MEEN40110
Professional Engineering (Management)MEEN40430
Medical Device Design MEEN40600
BiomaterialsMEEN40630
Physics of nanomaterials PHYC40410

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

ME Materials Science & Engineering FT (T275)

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 Materials Science & Engineering (T275) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 8085
EU Year 2 - € 8085 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 25600
nonEU Year 2 - € 25600 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20
***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 http://www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/scholarshipsfinances/scholarships/.

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see: www.ucd.ie/eacollege/study/noneuscholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2019/2020 September

Deadline Rolling *

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

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