Science & Engineering
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is the largest faculty in UL, comprised of the following ten departments:
• Chemical & Environmental Sciences
• Civil Engineering & Materials Science
• Computer Science & Information Systems
• Electronic & Computer Engineering
• Life Sciences
• Design & Manufacturing Technology
• Mathematics & Statistics
• Mechanical, Aeronautical & Biomedical Engineering
• Physics & Energy
The faculty's departments currently deliver taught and research postgraduate programmes to over 780 registered postgraduates, of which over 330 are pursuing doctorate programmes. The primary focus is on increasing the quality and quantity of postgraduate students and research outputs, including PhDs and publications.
The main research objective of the faculty is to provide a research-driven environment that will undertake both fundamental and applied research. Promoting the publication of results, attracting national and international researchers, and developing further collaborative links with industry are also key priorities.
The research interests of the faculty cover a wide spectrum of disciplines under the umbrella of three strategic research institutes Materials & Surface Science (MSSI), Stokes Institute and the Irish Software Engineering Research Institute (Lero) and a large number of research centres, including recently opened Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp). A major emphasis has been placed on Pharmaceuticals Research with the recent launch of the 40 million National Pharmaceutical Research Centre (SSPCSynthesis & Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre) at the University of Limerick, which will position Ireland as a global hub for the pharmaceutical industry.