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Materials Science & Engineering

ME Materials Science & Engineering

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

The ME in Materials Science and Engineering provides engineers with a specialist education and training in the area of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites for industrial engineering applications from biomedical device manufacture to future energy solutions. This Masters is accredited by both Engineers Ireland and the IOM3 (UK).

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.

Materials Scientists and Engineers are at the centre of virtually every area of technology from optoelectronics to space materials and from automotive and aeromotive manufacturing to biomedical devices. Graduates from this programme will be fully qualified professional engineers, capable of working anywhere in the world at an advanced technical level or as a professional engineering manager. Graduates will also have specialist training in underlying scientific fundamentals and practical materials handling and analysis techniques that will make them attractive to either potential employers or equip them for further study at advanced postgraduate level such as PhD studies in Ireland or across the world.

Vision and 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.

Entry requirements

A bachelors degree with a minimum upper second class honours (NFQ level 8) 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.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
If you are a graduate of the ME Materials Science & Engineering programme you can look forward to limitless employment opportunities in a substantive array of industries. Most companies worldwide employ materials professionals.

A number of UCD materials graduates have been employed by companies such as General Electric or Rolls Royce (Aerospace), Astrium (Space), Stryker, Boston Scientific (Biomedical) or Siemens (Energy).

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

Chemistry of Materials

Advanced Characterisation Tech

Solid-State Electronics I

Mechanics of Solids II

Materials Science and Engineering II

Professional Engineering (Finance)

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 Composites and Polymer Engineering

Materials Thermodynamics and Kinetics


Professional Engineering (Management)

Research Skills and Techniques

Medical Device Design


ME MSE Project

ME MSE PWE (Short)


Materials Thesis - 90 Credit

Physics of nanomaterials

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 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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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