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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
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus


About You

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 (www.engineersireland.ie), and the qualifications of graduates are recognised worldwide through international accords.

Course Structure - Common Entry to Biomedical, Civil, Design & Manufacture and Mechanical Engineering

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 www.scieng.ul.ie/ schools-departments/


Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2 Summer
MA4001 Engineering Maths 1 MA4002 Engineering Maths 2 Vacation
EE4011 Engineering Computing ME4111 Eng. Mechanics 1
EE4001 Electrical Eng. 1 ME4412 Fluid Mechanics 1
ME4121 Engineering Science MT4002 Materials 1
ME4001 Introduction to Engineering PE4012 Introduction to Design for Manufacture
CH4701 Chemistry    
Year 2 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  
Year 3 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  
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer  
ME4616 Finite Element Analysis IE4248 Project Planning and Control Graduation  
ME4517 Energy Management ME4718 Process Control  
ME4818 Mechanical Design ME4018 Project 2  
ME4017 Project 1 ME4028 Project 3  
  Electives   Electives  
  Choose One from   Choose One from  
ME4037 Advanced Mechanics of Solids ME4047 Fuels and Energy Conversion  
ME4438 Computational Fluid Dynamics ME6072 Engineering Mechanics of Plastics and Composites  
EP4007 Enterprise Management and Growth ME6092 Renewable Energy Technologies

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.

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.

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.

Recent graduates of this programme are working in roles such as ..

Project Engineer, Associate R&D Engineer, Propulsion Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Designer

Recent graduates are working for employers like ESB, Dornan Engineering Ltd., Kingspan, Irish Cement, PM Group, MicroSemi, Jaguar-Land Rover, Atlantic Projects Company Ltd., Modular Automation, Liebherr, Fingleton White, Logitech

Other employment areas include;

  • Automotive and manufacturing engineering
  • Offshore engineering
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Pharmaceutical and biomedical industries
  • Optimisation and design of energy systems
  • Materials and structural analysis
  • Engineering consultancy
  • Project management
  • Control of chemical and pharmaceutical
  • Bioengineering and Life Sciences
  • Research and development

Follow-on study

Related postgraduate courses at UL include;

  • M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering
  • Ph. D. Mechanical Engineering

Excellent research opportunities exist for graduates through funded Ph. D. positions in the School of Engineering and the Bernal Institute.

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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 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.


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.


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.