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3-part MSc Engineering Practice

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 year

Award: Postgraduate

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


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Brief Description

The Masters in Engineering Practise is a new and innovative Masters Programme offered by the School of Engineering at the University of Limerick. This programme is attractive to our industry learners as it provides a flexible way to combine previous studies i.e. Two Specialist Diplomas with a thesis to receive a Masters in Engineering Practice award.

If you are looking to progress your career and participate on an academic programme that will enable you develop your problem-solving skills as well as build on your strengths from your previous qualifications, then the Masters in Engineering practice is a programme for you. This programme aims through a one-year thesis deliverable to give you an opportunity to produce a significant piece of research and practical work that is industry focused.

This programme is attractive to our industry learners as it provides a flexible way to combine previous studies i.e. Two Specialist Diplomas, one which must have been completed within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, with a thesis to receive a Masters in Engineering Practice award.

Through the medium of blended learning, learners will develop very quickly an active online learning environment where they are supported by their academic supervisor during the thesis proposal phase right up to the final presentation of their work.

There is a strong focus on engagement and collaboration with fellow learners and the different industries during the thesis phase. The introduction of an industry thesis champion who acts as a mentor for the learner provides the programme continued support from leading experts in engineering disciplines. Ensuring that there continues to be a focus on current practice, and leading-edge research on the programme.

Linking our learners with the practice of engineering both at technical and management level will produce graduates who are employable at leadership roles within their organisations.

If you have completed TWO Specialist Diploma in the following areas:

1. Aviation

2. Operations Management

3. Quality

4. ICT

5. Management

6. Innovation

Your thesis route will continue to focus on your area of interest.

Autumn Semester

This semester you will participate on a thesis preparation module where you will produce a thesis proposal and present your work to a team of academics and invited industry experts

Spring Semester

This semester will have you continue to work on your thesis and present regularly your work to your designated academic supervisor. At the end of this semester you will submit your work in a documented format and present you will be required to present your work to an invited audience in a formal setting as part of your final thesis assessment

Why do this course?

This programme will offer you the learner:-

  • A flexible way to combine your previous two Specialist Diploma awards with a thesis to receive a Masters in Engineering Practice
  • A dedicated online learning space to work with academics and fellow learners on developing your thesis proposal and produce a final written academic report
  • An opportunity to present at various stages your work to date and engage in a Q&A style session with a team of academics and invited experts
  • A deeper understanding of engineering practices by researching specific areas of interest
  • An environment to work with other learners who are establishing what current practice is in various engineering practices and sharing this knowledge in a dedicated space
  • Further opportunities to disseminate their work and exploit their current research

Entry to the MSc in Engineering Practice is based on applicants having

Two Specialist Diploma awards (30 ECTS each) at Level 9, with a minimum second class honours grade two (2.2) or equivalent, as deemed appropriate by the Academic Programme Director. One of these Specialist Diplomas must be a programme completed and awarded by the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Entry to a route/specialism is based on applicants having completed one of the Specialist Diplomas in their chosen route. Six routes are currently offered as listed below. The route will be indicated in your academic transcript.

1. Aviation

2. Operations Management

3. Quality

4. ICT

5. Management

6. Innovation

If you have not completed a 30 ECTS Level 9 Specialist Diploma at the University of Limerick but have done so at another Academic Institution, then your application will be reviewed by the Academic Programme Director at the School of Engineering at the University of Limerick.

You will be be given an exemption of 60 credits on entering the MSc programme if you have met the entry qualifications of two (2) 30 ECTS Level 9 SDs. This specific programme can be considered as a 36 ECTS capstone to two SDs. The overall MSc award will be 96 ECTS.

This is a direct entry programme with applicants following the standard Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) admissions process. 

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


Fees are subject to review