Key Info

Bachelor/Master of Engineering in Digital Mechatronic Engineering

NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree/ Level 9 Major Award Honours Masters Degree 

Entry route(s):

Course code
4/5 years
Subject area
Course Director
Professor Conor McCarthy
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What is Digital Mechatronic Engineering?

Digital mechatronic engineering is revolutionising how we design and build machines, robots, and other automated systems. Our programme gives students a solid foundation for many well-paid career opportunities.

Are you ready to explore the exciting world of Digital Mechatronic Engineering? Digital Mechatronic Engineers are going to build the machines of the future. If you have a passion for technology, engineering, and innovation, this is the perfect fit.  Digital mechatronics is the intersection of mechanics, electronics, robotics and AI/Machine Learning. This interdisciplinary field has revolutionised how we design and build machines, robots, and other automated systems that are now making autonomous decisions in our increasingly digitised world. With the rise of automation and Industry 4.0, the demand for professionals who understand digital mechatronics has never been higher.

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What you will study

The Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and Masters of Engineering (ME) in Digital Mechatronic Engineering are an integrated suite of programmes of 4 and/or 5 years in duration, respectively. They follow a 4+1 model, where you can opt to take a BE after 4 years of study, or carry on for an additional year for an ME degree. This integrated programme is divided into three parts.

Part I is the entry point through our common entry engineering, LM116;

Part II comprises years 2-4 with a BE degree exit at the end of Year 4.

For students wishing to avail of a ME degree there is an optional Part III Masters programme completed at the end of the optional 5th year.

All options offer a novel (Up-to) 13-month Co-operative Education Period in a relevant industry setting, thus providing you with a truly immersive work and education experience, and this element of the programme starts in the summer after Year 2. 


Part I comprises the first year of study and is common to both the BE and ME programmes. It provides you with a foundation in the fundamental engineering subjects and makes up for variations in the background of individual students. The subjects taken include: Introduction to Digital Mechatronics; Engineering Mathematics; Engineering Computing; Engineering Mechanics; Chemistry for Engineers; Electrical Engineering; Fluid Mechanics and the Engineering Profession. 

PART II is the BE Digital Mechatronics Engineering 

Part II of the BE comprises years 2 - 4 and you will generally study five modules per semester including Digital Mechatronics; Data Engineering; Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning; General Engineering; Engineering Mathematics; Engineering Mechanics; Automation and Control; Machine Building; Wireless Communications & Networking; Engineering Computing; Sensors & Actuators; Product Design & Modelling, and others. Year 3 offers an up-to 13-month immersive Co-operative Education Period in a relevant industry setting. In Year 4, you will complete a major project in the design, development and/or implementation of a digital mechatronics system/machine, and will specialise in either Digital Robotic Engineering or Digital Manufacturing Engineering

PART III is the ME Digital Mechatronics Engineering 

Part III is the optional ME in Digital Mechatronics Engineering, and comprises one additional Year (Year 5) of study over the BE option described in Part II above, and continues the specialisation in either Digital Robotic Engineering or Digital Manufacturing Engineering. Years 2 and 3 are common to both the BE and ME. However, at the end of Year 3 students are asked to decide whether they wish to take the BE or the ME route (subject to a minimum academic standing). If the ME route is chosen then you will take modules in the 4th year to include Cybersecurity & Cryptography and an ME Project Preparation module. Upon entering the 5th ME year you will take exciting modules in Real-Time Systems; Life Cycle Engineering; Spatial Robotics; Robotic Planning, Mapping & Manipulation; Automation and Control; Automated System Design and Integration;  Robotic Sensing & Perception; Deep Learning at the Edge and Digital Control. You will also undertake a major research project in the Digital Mechatronics Engineering field, which accounts for a significant proportion of grades in this 5th Year.   

Year 1

Semester 1 Title Semester 2 Title
ME4001 Introduction to Engineering 1 MA4002 Engineering Mathematics 2
MA4001 Engineering Mathematics 1 ME4111 Engineering Mechanics 1
ME4121 Engineering Science 1 ME4412 Fluid Mechanics 1
EE4001 Electrical Engineering 1 MT4002 Materials 1
EE4011 Electrical Computing    
CH4001 Chemistry for Engineers    
      Elective - choose 1
    ME4042 Introduction to Design for Manufacture
    ME4032 Structural Engineering Design
    ME4102 Introduction to Digital Mechatronics


Year 2

Semester 3 Title Semester 4 Title Summer Title
MA4003 Engineering Mathematics 3 MA4004 Engineering Mathematics 4 CO4230 Cooperative Education 1
ME4112 Engineering Mechanics 2 DM4004 Plant Automation (ENG)    
ME4213 Mechanics of Solids 1 ME4113 Applied Mechanics    
ET4013 Communications Networking Fundamentals EE4214 Control 1    
CE4703 Computer Software 3 EE4524 Digital Systems 3    


Year 3 - Extended 12/13 month co-op option

Semester 5 Title Semester 6 Title
CO4340 Cooperative Education 2A CO4350 Cooperative Education 2B
ME4315 Critical Problem Solving for Engineers* ME4316 Introduction to Machine Learning for Engineers*
AU4043 LEAN thinking/ LEAN tools* AU3131 Introduction to Quality Management*
ME4325 Enhanced Placement Engineering Portfolio 1 ME4336 Enhanced placement Engineering Portfolio 2

*Module taken in a blended format


Year 3 - Standard co-op option

Semester 5 Title Semester 6 Title
CO4310 Cooperative Education 2 MF4756 Product Design & Modelling
    DM4016 Product Automation
    EE4044 Communication & Network Protocols
    ET4224 Robotics 1: Sensors and Actuators
    ME4316 Introduction to Machine Learning for Engineers


Year 4

Semester 7 Title Semester 8 Title
EE4003 Introduction to Engineering 1 RE4002 Spatial Robotics
ET4031 Engineering Mathematics 1 RE4012 Machine Vision
CE4051 Engineering Science 1    
  Choose 1   Choose 1
ME4317 Project 1 - Digital Mechatronic Engineering* ME4318 Project 2 - Digital Mechatronic Engineering*
ET4023 Introduction to Security & Cryptography** IE4248 Project Planning & Control**
    EE4052 Master of Engineering Project Preparation
  Choose 1 specialist stream   Choose 1 specialist stream
CE4041 Artificial Intelligence (Digital Robotic Engineering stream) EE4216 Control 2 (Digital Robotic Engineering stream)
DM4017 Simulation Modelling & Analysis (Digital Manufacturing Engineering stream) DM4006 Engineering Design (Digital Manufacturing Engineering stream)

*Choose this option if you are completing the Bachelor of Engineering pathway

**Choose this option if you are continuing to the Masters of Engineering pathway

Year 5

Semester 9 Title Semester 10 Title
ME6261 Research Project 1 ME6282 Research Project 2
ET4021 Electronics Life Cycle Engineering EE5052 Robotic Sensing & Perception
DM6011 Automated System Design  DM6022 System Integration
ME6051 Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers    
  Streams from 4th year continue   Streams from 4th year continue
CE5002 Geometric Computer Vision (Digital Robotic Engineering) EE5042 Robotic Planning, Mapping & Manipulation (Digital Robotic Engineering)
DM6031 Automation & Control (Digital Manufacturing Engineering EE6452 Digital Control (Digital Manufacturing Engineering)

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.

Additional considerations

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply


Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.

Fees and funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €4,262
SUSI pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €4,262
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student pays Tuition Fees €4,262
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100

Non-EU Students

Student pays Tuition Fees €17,104
Student pays Student Levy €100

Student course fees are comprised of the following components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The current student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Levy of €100. Please note the Student Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

  • Free Fee Status: You satisfy all three categories (1, 2 and 3) and therefore are eligible for the Higher Education Authority’s Free Fees scheme.
  • EU Fee Status: You satisfy both the citizenship and residency criteria but fail to satisfy the course requirements and are liable to EU fees.
  • Non EU Fee Status: You do not meet either the citizenship or residency criteria and are therefore liable to Non EU fees.

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

These scholarships are available for all courses

Your future career

The Bachelor/Masters of Engineering Digital Mechatronic Engineering programme will give you a solid foundation for many well-paid career opportunities such as:

Robotics Engineer - Design and build robots for a wide range of applications, from manufacturing to healthcare to space exploration. 

Automation Engineer - Automation engineers design and implement automated systems for various industries. This can include everything from factory automation to building controls to self-driving cars.

Control Systems Engineer - Control systems engineers develop and optimise systems that regulate processes and machines. This can involve designing and implementing control algorithms, testing and debugging systems, and working with hardware and software.

Mechatronic Specialist - Mechatronic specialists work on the front lines of mechatronic, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting complex systems. They also play a crucial role in testing and validating new systems before they are used.