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Mechanical Engineering MSc

Course Details


Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Masters (MSc)

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Jeff Punch
School of Engineering

Brief Description

This programme provides a detailed knowledge of advanced methods in Mechanical Engineering including theoretical foundations, computational and experimental methods and engineering applications.


The M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering provides training in advanced topics in Mechanical Engineering. The programme has been tailored to meet the needs of the mechanical engineering sector, which requires graduates with high-level skills in design, analysis and testing. In addition, the course fulfils the requirements of Engineers Ireland for a Master’s degree in an engineering discipline as the minimum educational standard for Chartered Engineer status. Graduates of the programme are highly sought-after by major Irish and multinational companies across a wide range of sectors –automotive, aerospace, biomedical, manufacturing, energy, construction, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

This programme provides detailed knowledge of advanced methods in Mechanical Engineering including theoretical foundations, computational and experimental methods and engineering applications.

Programme Aims:

  • To equip graduates with a detailed knowledge of advanced methods in mechanical engineering, including theoretical foundations, computational and experimental methods and engineering applications.
  • To meet the industrial need for graduates with the above qualities at a Master's level.
  • To increase awareness of the opportunities offered by current research in Mechanical Engineering and its application to current practice.
  • To enhance graduates' existing educational base and employment prospects.

The programme spans a single academic year (three semesters) and requires full-time attendance on campus. The programme outline is provided below.  For the first two semesters, students will study a mandatory set of core subjects and a suite of optional advanced subjects (electives). Students will engage in a single research project over all three semesters with the submission of a research project (thesis) at the end of semester 3. Students will also be provided with training in technical communications and project planning.

Research in the School covers a wide range of topics -the School has strong links with the Bernal Institute which is a leading research institute. The School also houses research centres in Automation, Biomedical Engineering, Biofuels, Composite Materials and Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics. Further details of research fields in the school are available at the following web page,

To graduate from the programme, a student must accumulate 90 credits, comprising 51 credits of taught modules and 39 credits of research work, as outlined in the table below. Credit may be given for prior learning, in agreement with the Course Director.

Autumn Spring Summer
  • Research Project (3 credits)
  • Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers (3 credits)

Four Specialist Electives (each 6 credits) to be chosen from:-

  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Mechanics of Solids
  • Aerospace Metallic Materials
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Wind Ocean Hydro
  • Boundary-Layer Theory
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Scientific Computing
  • Fundamentals of Continuum Mechanics 
  • Research Project (6 credits)
  • Project Planning & Control (6 credits)

Three Specialist Electives (each 6 credits) to be chosen from:-

  • Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Engineering Mechanics of Plastics and Composites
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Fuels and Energy Conversion
  • Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis
  • Microfluidics
  • Engineering Alloys
  • Plasticity of Conventional and 3D Printed Metals
  •  Research Project (30 credits)


*An Elective module may not run if there are insufficient numbers. Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

The minimum entry requirement to the programme is a 2:2 undergraduate degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, or closely related field. For international students, the entry equivalent will be accepted as determined by the Course Director in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions. Where applicants are non-native English language speakers, certified achievement in TOEFL or IELTS Standard English Language Competency Test will be required. An interview may be part of the admission process.

Those with degrees from programmes not accredited by Engineers Ireland will be reviewed on an individual basis.


  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

 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
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
  • 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.

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Holly Powell, B.Eng. (Mech.), Masters in Mechanical Engineering: “The Masters in Mechanical Engineering allowed me to develop a well-rounded skillset which meant that I could choose from a wide range of great opportunities when I graduated. It built on the analytical and technical skills which I had learned in my undergraduate degree, and gave me the opportunity to take my performance as an engineer to the next level. Without it, I wouldn’t have had the chance to work my dream job at the forefront of the photolithography industry, where I have almost unlimited opportunities to travel and take on exciting technical challenges.”



Prospective careers for graduates are very broad including the energy, biomedical, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, construction and pharmaceutical/chemical industries.