Course Details

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Course Start Date:
1 Year
Professional Diploma
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Address: Science & Engineering Flexible Learning Centre Email:

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Brief Description

Next Intake: September 2024

This course qualifies for 80% funding under the HCI Fees Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.

A major challenge for Ireland transitioning to Industry 4.0/5.0 is the incredible complexity of delivering the skills necessary to design, develop, manage, and maintain these systems. Unlike the traditional specialised engineering roles, Equipment Systems Engineering (ESE) requires a broad range of knowledge across many engineering sectors, including programming, Information Technology Skills and Information Skills. As technology advances rapidly, the need for skilled professionals who can design and maintain complex equipment systems has never been greater.

Our Professional Diploma in Equipment Systems Engineering (ESE) will enable those in key positions within their organisations and specialising in a particular area to gain a broader knowledge of the emerging technologies and equipment changing the marketplace in our manufacturing and other sectors. This programme has been developed to enable companies to be better informed about these new technologies as they create their own Industry 4.0/5.0 strategies. These skills will allow Ireland to maintain its lead position in high-tech manufacturing and become a significant player in the emerging global manufacturing support services market. It also has applications in broader areas such as farming, construction, infrastructure development, mining, and more.

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As technology advances rapidly, the need for skilled professionals who can design and maintain complex equipment systems has never been greater. Our equipment systems engineering course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this exciting field.

Focusing on industry applications, our programme covers all aspects of equipment systems engineering, from design and development to installation and maintenance. You'll learn from experienced industry professionals who have worked with some of the world's leading companies, gaining valuable insights into the latest technologies and best practices.

For professionals who wish to:

  • Procure, design, manufacture, commission, support or optimise Industry 4.0/5.0 equipment for the high-tech manufacturing sector in Ireland.
  • Collaborate with others to broaden their overall access to emerging research, technologies and best working practice to meet the challenges of Industry  4.0/5.0.
  • Improve their problem-solving techniques in the high-tech manufacturing equipment domain.
  • Be recognised as technical leaders in a topic relevant to Equipment Systems Engineering.
  • Possess the skills to implement Industry 4.0/5.0 technologies in manufacturing.

On successful completion of this programme, you will:

  • Possess a broad overview of the technologies necessary to transition to an Industry 4.0/5.0 manufacturing environment. 
  • Know how to collaborate with business stakeholders to elicit their Digitalization (digital business model) requirements. 
  • Be empowered to articulate a sound approach in enabling the introduction and exploitation of engineering technology and other relevant developments to equipment systems.

Manufacturing Equipment Cyber Technologies
This module provides a high-level introduction to the relevant cyber technology providers for equipment in the manufacturing sector. It provides awareness of the broad range of commercially available cyber technology options for integration into equipment.

Automated System Design

This module examines automated and mechatronic systems at a macro level, identifying key standards associated with regulated manufacturing processes. It also covers an introduction to Industry 4.0 and Smart manufacturing, in addition to an overview of industrial robots, cobots, and mobile robots (mobots).


Cyber-Physical Equipment Procurement
This module will introduce robust processes, tools, and techniques, for the procurement of manufacturing equipment and associated systems integration technologies. Through lecture and group activities, industrial best practices are introduced, which can be leveraged in the workplace for the procurement of  manufacturing solutions.

Cyber-Physical Manufacturing Solutions

This module provides an open forum where researchers, developers, visionaries and thought leaders share insights into Cyber-Physical manufacturing equipment solutions, which are currently in development, to solve real-world challenges.


Equipment Systems Engineering
Project Review

This module will provide an opportunity for the student to apply their learning at the end of the second semester. The student will produce a document detailing how cyber-physical systems could be implemented in their place of work, or an equivalent.


Applicants are normally expected to hold a primary honours degree in an Engineering/Technical discipline or equivalent and have at least 3 years of relevant industry experience.

Alternative Entry Route:

In accordance with the University's policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning, candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be considered.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice. If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
  • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    AND English language competency certificate
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EU - €3,500 per annum (€700 With HCI subsidy)

Non EU - €4,750 per annum

HCI Fees Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 80% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

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