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Bachelor/Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor/Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Engineering (Common Entry) - LM116

Course code:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. Ronan Grimes
Email: Tel:
061 213 435
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

This is an ideal programme for you if you are interested in problem-solving using mathematics and science. If you think you might enjoy exploring areas such as mechanical design, energy systems and materials, then Mechanical Engineering at UL might be a good choice for you.

Why Study Mechanical Engineering at UL?

Mechanical Engineering is a very broadly based discipline and students following the degree programme are prepared for careers in many industrial sectors, including such diverse areas as Energy, Automotive, Chemical Processing, Research, Automation, Manufacturing, Design Consultancy, Materials Processing and Aviation. The Mechanical Engineering Degree programme aims not only to give you a thorough background in fundamental Mechanical Engineering subjects but also allows specialisation in one of a number of areas of particular relevance to Irish industry.

Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick adheres to traditional guidelines set down by the professional engineering institutions (such as Engineers Ireland and IMechE) and requires you to have an aptitude for mathematics and problem-solving.

Entry to Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick is through LM116 (Engineering). Students take a common first year programme but select which engineering discipline (Mechanical, Biomedical, Civil or Design and Manufacturing) they wish to study during semester 2 of first year. Year 2, 3, 4 and 5 focus on that discipline and offer students a number of specialist modules.

Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick is a level 8 honours degree programme accredited by Engineers Ireland (, and the qualifications of graduates are recognised worldwide through international accords.

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What you will study

The bachelor of engineering programme is of four years in duration and is divided into two parts.


Part I, which comprises the first year of study, provides you with a foundation in the fundamental engineering subjects and makes up for variations in the background of individual students:

Mathematics | Computing | Engineering Mechanics | Physical Chemistry | Electrical Principles 
Fluid Mechanics | Design for Manufacture | The Engineering Profession

PART II of the BE Mechanical Engineering

Part II comprises years 2, 3 and 4 and you will generally study five modules per semester. You will study all the fundamental subjects of mechanical engineering – mathematics, mechanics of solids, design, mechanics of fluids, thermodynamics, dynamics of machines and control.

At the end of Year 2 you are placed in industry for an eight-month Cooperative Education period. This period provides experience of the practice and application of Mechanical Engineering in an industrial environment. You will then return to the University for the latter half of third year and start to specialise.

In the final year, you can specialise in Thermofluids, Mechanics of Solids or Energy by choosing appropriate final year electives.

An important aspect of this programme is the final year project completed in year 4. This is an individual project assigned to you at the end of year 3 giving you almost 12 months to undertake. The project is a major piece of work and involves the preparation of a report detailing all aspects of the project. It will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to work as a professional engineer and to incorporate the knowledge you have gained over the previous three years. Many students are proud to show this work at subsequent job interviews.

Mechanical Engineering at UL now offers an integrated Bachelor/Master of Engineering programme. The entry route to both is through LM116 but in year 3 students have the choice to decide between the Bachelor or Master of Engineering Programme:

- Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (4 years in duration)

- Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (5 years in duration)

To find out more, go to

  Semester 1   Semester 2
MA4001 Engineering Maths 1 MA4002 Engineering Maths 2
EE4011 Engineering Computing ME4111 Engineering Mechanics 1
EE4001 Electrical Eng. 1 ME4412 Fluid Mechanics 1
ME4121 Engineering Science MT4002 Materials 1
CH4001 Chemistry   Elective
ME4001 Introduction to Engineering ME4031 Structural Engineering Design 1
    ME4042 Introduction to Design for Manufacture
  Semester 3   Semester 4 Summer
MA4003 Engineering Maths 3 MA4004 Engineering Maths 4 Cooperative Education
ME4112 Engineering Mechanics. 2 ME4113 Applied Mechanics
ME4213 Mechanics of Solids 1 ME4414 Fluid Mechanics 2
ME4523 Thermodynamics 1 IE4214 Industrial Organisation
ME4714 Instrumentation and Control ME4114 Engineering Design and Communication
Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
Cooperative Education MA4006 Engineering Maths 5 Project Reading
  ME4526 Heat Transfer
  ME4226 Mechanics of Solids 2
  ME4117 Vibration Analysis
  ME4516 Thermodynamics 2
  Semester 7   Semester 8
ME4616 Finite Element Analysis IE4248 Project Planning and Control
ME4517 Energy Management ME4718 Process Control
ME4818 Mechanical Design ME4018 Project 2
ME4017 Project 1 ME4028 Project 3
  Electives - Choose One from   Electives - Choose One from
ME4037 Advanced Mechanics of Solids ME4047 Fuels and Energy Conversion
ME4417 Boundary Layer Theory ME6072 Engineering Mechanics of Plastics and Composites
EP4007 Enterprise Management and Growth ME6092 Renewable Energy Technologies



Entry requirements

CAO points history
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 (Higher Level) 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 & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre 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 paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

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

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three 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 curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre 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 -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
Stryker Scholarship
Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards
€1,500 and a trophy
Women in Engineering Bursary Awards
The Ei Electronics Women in Engineering Scholarship
€2,500 for 3 years

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Analysing energy and thermo-fluid components and systems
  • Designing machines, devices and components, and performing stress-analyses on these systems
  • Understanding instrumentation and the control of mechanical devices
  • Planning, prioritising, working to deadlines and under pressure
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving through logic and creative and innovative approaches
  • Numeracy and IT skills, with excellent use of analytical skills
  • Project management
  • Awareness of cost/value
  • Awareness of social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional responsibilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Good judgement and acceptance of responsibility

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
71% 4% 23% 0% 2% 48 48 2014
64% 0% 18% 5% 13% 39 44 2015
69% 11% 14% 2% 4% 45 48 2016
83% 8% 9% 0% 0% 35 39 2017
76% 16% 9% 0% 0% 45 48 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Assembly Technician
  • Associate R&D Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Automation Project Engineer
  • Business and System Integration Analyst
  • Cables Engineer
  • CAD Technician
  • Calibration Specialist
  • Calibration Technician
  • Commissioning Engineer
  • Computer Design
  • Control Engineer
  • Customer Engineer
  • Design Assurance Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • EASA Part 21 Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Engineering Cadet
  • Engineering Professional Development Programme
  • Graduate Design Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Graduate Mechanical Engineer
  • Graduate Programme
  • Hyperbaric Systems Project Engineer
  • KTP Associate
  • Lead Developer
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • MEP Supervisor
  • Planning Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Process Development Engineer
  • Process Improvement Engineer
  • Process Technician
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Profile Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • R&D Prototype Technician
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Research Assistant
  • Software Engineer
  • Stores Manager
  • Stress Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • System Install Engineer
  • Technical Services Graduate Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Trade Development Executive
  • Trainee R&D Engineer

Graduate Profile - Joseph Mooney

I choose to complete my degree at the University of Limerick because of its highly recognized engineering courses, co-operative education and sporting facilities. As a sports scholar, UL helped me to balance my sporting and academic goals and in August 2018, I graduated with a first class honors degree. I am also still at peak performance levels in sport thanks to the university and its staff.

In my leaving cert year I was uncertain of what course I wanted to pursue. I had a great passion for design (my DCG project received 4th best in the country), problem solving, inventing and making these inventions come to life. My favorite subjects in school were: Physics, DCG, Engineering and Mathematics. In choosing Engineering (Common Entry), I was able to study relevant engineering modules in first year before deciding on my specific discipline. After my first year in UL, I knew that mechanical engineering was for me.

I chose mechanical engineering because it is so versatile. Throughout the programme, I developed skills to solve problems in mechanical engineering, but also for applications in many other types of engineering such as aeronautical, biomedical and design. The University of Limerick gave me the opportunity to work for a biomedical engineering company (Johnson & Jonson: Vision Care) for my co-operative education.

Currently I am completing a PhD in the development of cooling systems for 5G wireless technologies. This research requires me to use the knowledge I gained from my undergraduate courses in heat transfer, materials, finite element analysis and mechanics modules. I developed a passion for these topics during my undergraduate and I believe 5G technologies are currently on the front line for global development. A degree in mechanical engineering is so adaptable that if, in time, you want to branch out into another industry you will already have the skills required to do so.

Student Profile - Reiss Connolly

From the first day of first year I realised that UL was the perfect choice for me. In school, I enjoyed subjects such as DCG and Materials Technology Woodwork. These interests pointed me in the direction of Engineering and particularly Mechanical Engineering.

The thing I love most about the course is when you can apply what you have learned to everyday situations such as understanding why you change gears on a bike depending on the gradient you are cycling on (Production Technology), working out the probability of an outcome (Engineering Maths 4), how a 2 stroke/4 stroke engine works (Thermodynamics 2) and the application of how a fluid will flow depending on the properties of that fluid (Fluid Mechanics).

Because I chose UL, I had the opportunity to complete an 8-month work placement in Medtronic Vascular Galway in the R&D department. Although this seemed to be more in the Biomedical Engineering field it highlighted just how versatile a degree from UL in Mechanical Engineering can be.

I was involved in the development of a next generation Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Implant (TAVI) device. I enhanced my knowledge of current technologies available such as laser welding, 3D printing, water cutting and laser cutting. I also developed professional skills needed for the workplace such as punctuality and communications.

Prior to Co-Op I wouldnt have considered a career in the biomedical industry however the placement has shown me just how interesting this field is and how my skills can be applied to many fields of Engineering. Medtronic is a world renowned company with leading technologies in the biomedical industry. As a result of the placement I have made friends whom I keep in contact with to this day and hope to work alongside in the future.

Niall is currently employed at Abbott Vascular and was awarded the title of Graduate Employee of the Year 2014.

Graduate Profile - Niall Fitzgerald

A Day in the Life of a Component Engineer

I chose Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick as the course has a reputation as being the best in the country and because UL has the highest graduate employment rate in Ireland. I always had an interest in maths, physics and how things work - Mechanical Engineering combined all of these and offered great opportunities and career variety. The 8-month coop placement also provides a competitive advantage over the same discipline at other universities.

A typical day as a Component Engineer consists of many different and interesting activities. Tasks include mechanical testing, identifying and investigating issues with manufactured medical device parts, design of new parts, selection of materials and validation of products for use in regulated medical devices.

The modules I studied at UL provided me with practical problem-solving skills, a logical thought process and a strong technical foundation in many aspects of engineering. Through group projects you will gain excellent teamwork skills and make friends for life while being prepared for real world engineering problems. My degree gave me the tools and confidence to work effectively with both technical and non-technical people from the first day I started work. Through coop I gained exposure to an industry and company I would not have previously considered for a career.

Key engineering skills are sought after by many companies. There are great opportunities both nationally and globally to work in many engineering positions with a Mechanical Engineering degree, from car design to manufacturing and medical devices to name a few.

Niall is currently employed at Abbott Vascular and was awarded the title of Graduate Employee of the Year 2014.

Student Profile - Michael O'Callaghan

My family is steeped in the tradition of naval service. Growing up, I was always interested in how ships operated. I always loved looking around the engine room, seeing how turbines, generators and diesel engines worked.??It was from these childhood experiences that I knew I wanted to be an engineer. Having reviewed several courses, I decided that Mechanical Engineering in UL would suit me perfectly because there was a great balance between theory and practical work. For my Co-Op placement, I worked at Novartis Ringaskiddy who are a leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals. During my time there, I was able to get hands-on experience at working as a mechanical engineer. My regular tasks ranged from the design and repair of machinery to the validation of various manufacturing processes. Mechanical engineering at UL provided me with the opportunity to work for this international pharmaceutical company and put that on my CV, whilst also gaining experience in the manufacture of drugs used to treat a wide range of illnesses.

Student Profile - Daniel Mortell

From the days of putting my first few Lego blocks together, it was in my nature to become an engineer. I was always very curious as to how things were made and the principles upon which they worked. Studying Mechanical Engineering in UL has given me the knowledge needed to apply my creativity to the science of engineering to improve upon existing designs, or create something new.

My CoOp experience in Stryker Instruments, a leading manufacturer of surgical tools, taught me how quickly design concepts can go from being formed in your mind to being manufactured and tested. There???s also the responsibility of knowing that what you have created is going to help someone, perhaps in need of major surgery to improve their quality of life, and is a reminder of just how important your designs can be and the impact it can have on the lives of others. The diverse nature of the Mechanical Engineering degree in UL leaves me with plenty of options in the future to choose in which direction I want to go.