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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.

Student Internships
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, assess where their strengths and weaknesses lie and maximise their knowledge of the available career possibilities. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.

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.

Number of credits


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 CHEM30090

Advanced Characterisation Tech CHEN40510

Solid-State Electronics EEEN20070

Mechanics of Solids II MEEN30020

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 MEEN40090

Advanced Polymer Engineering MEEN40110

Materials Thermodynamics and KineticsMEEN40160

Nanomaterials MEEN40180

Professional Engineering (Management) MEEN40430

Research Skills and Techniques MEEN40560

Medical Device Design MEEN40600

Biomaterials MEEN40630

Technical Communication MEEN40670

ME MSE Project MEEN40740

ME MSE PWE (Short) MEEN40750

ME MSE PWE (Long) MEEN40760

Materials Thesis - 90 Credit MEEN40780

Physics of nanomaterials PHYC40410

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

Course fee

ME Materials Science & Engineering (T275) 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

Deadline Rolling *

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

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