Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 year
Masters (MSc)
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Ingrid Hunt

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Brief Description

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

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If you are looking to progress your career and participate on an academic programme that will enable you to 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 industry learners as it provides a flexible way to combine previous studies i.e. Two Professional Diplomas.

Through the medium of online 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 Professional Diplomas at Level 9 in areas such as:

  • Aviation
  • Operations Management
  • Quality
  • ICT
  • Management
  • Innovation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Analytics
  • Supply Chain
  • Robotics
  • Health & Safety
  • Regulatory Affairs

You may have an interest in combining your two professional diplomas and continue to focus your area of interest with a dedicated research thesis to improve engineering practices at your organisation.

Why do this course?

This programme will offer you the learner:-

  • A flexible way to combine your previous two Professional  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 your work and exploit your current research


Thesis Preparation & Thesis 1

During this semester, students participate in a thesis preparation module in order to produce a thesis proposal and present their work to a team of academics and invited industry experts. They will then be allocated a supervisor with whom they will work over the remainder of the semester and in the Spring semester.


Thesis 2

During this semester, students will continue to work on their thesis and present regularly to their supervisor. At the end of this semester, they will submit their work in a documented format and will be required to present their thesis to an invited audience in a formal setting as part of their final thesis assessment


Applicants must already hold two Professional Diploma awards, 30 ECTS each at Level 9 (example of pathways above in Overview), with a minimum second class honours grade two (2.2) or equivalent, as deemed appropriate by the Academic Programme Director. Note: The 60 ECT credits alone (not the grades) are carried over from the two professional diplomas. Therefore the final award is based solely on the grade earned for the thesis.

A student’s route/specialism for the Masters must be from one of the two routes from which they completed their Professional Diplomas.

For example, a student may have completed a Professional Diploma in Innovation and one in Aviation. Their route on the MSc in Engineering practice must be within one of these two areas. The route will be indicated on the applicants academic transcript.

Please note: 

Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.


What to Include with your Application
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

  • Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number)
  • Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name
  • A copy of your most recent CV
  • 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
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €5,026 per annum

Non- EU - €5,200 per annum

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

This programme has secured funding under the Aviation Skillnet. Eligible companies and individuals can secure a 25% contribution towards course fees.  You or your employer should contact Maeve O Neill, at 061 423 622 or , to confirm that you are eligible for support. Subject to terms and conditions.

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