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Engineering - Professional Doctorate (PdEng)

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: PdEng

Qualification: NFQ Level 10 Major Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Professional Doctorate in Engineering
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Brief Description

The Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) acknowledges that significant research takes place within the practitioner workplace. It recognises the intellectual effort that supports original and innovative work in a range of professional and technological fields. A professional doctorate involves investigating and solving real-world problems faced in the daily workplace.

To Apply

If you are interested in the PDEng you must first complete the PT8001 Professional Portfolio qualifier module. Those who successfully complete this module and meet the entry requirement will be invited to apply for the PDEng.

You will find information on this qualifier module here.



  • For practitioners who would like to contribute to both the workplace and the academic community by conducting research into issues that arise in their sector, through the application of theory to a practical situation to advance the body of knowledge in their field.


  • The context for the PDEng programme is the practitioner workplace and the focus is on solving real world problems faced in daily practice. The scope of these problems can be sufficiently large to be addressed in a significant piece of research planned and conducted over a period of time.
  • Course delivery combines traditional distance education with on line learning and approximately 4 face-to-face days per semester.


  • Develop and demonstrate independent research and critical thinking skills.
  • Apply these skills to issues of importance in a relevant area.
  • Communicate their research findings in a professional manner.
  • Deliver contributions to both the academic community and industry by conducting research into issues and phenomena that arise in the field of professional practice.


The dissertation offers you an opportunity to initiate, implement, evaluate and write up a research project in an area of your choosing. Through the study of a topic in the field of your professional practice and the application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation, you can advance the body of knowledge in your field.

Taught material and self-directed learning will support your research within your profession. You will also work with a supervisor, an expert review panel, your fellow participants and peers through the programme.


If you are interested in the PDEng you must first complete the PT8001 Professional Portfolio qualifier module. Those who successfully complete this module and meet the entry requirement will be invited to apply for the PDEng.


This qualifier module will allow you to understand: What is a professional doctorate? How to develop a professional portfolio? What is knowledge - academic and professional knowledge? Philosophy of research. Professional development. Delivering a unique contribution to professional knowledge. Identification and assessment of on-going research within your profession; so that you will be better informed as to whether the PDEng programme is for you.

You will be required to identify a problem that is significant to your industry or profession and to propose an appropriate approach to solving this problem. This problem definition will form the basis of a submission to the Postgraduate Research Committee for approval for entry onto the Professional Doctorate in Engineering programme.

The PDEng consists of 270 credits of work. The bulk of the credits, 180, are allocated to the output of your in company research. This is delivered as a written dissertation and is the culmination of the programme.

In supporting the development of the dissertation there are 12 modules. These modules scaffold your learning and are delivered mainly in year 1 and 2. At the end of years 1, 2, and 3 a report, is produced which allows progress to be reviewed and feedback given. The programme begins with the PT8001 qualifier module which will help you to construct a research proposal.

Minimum requirements for a PDEng would typically be a 2.1 honours degree in a relevant area with 5 year experience. The successful completion of the qualifier (Professional Portfolio) module prior to being offered a place on the programme is also required.

Fee €250. Cheques / Bank Drafts / Postal Orders to be made payable to the University of Limerick. If you are being sponsored, please enclosed the following details for invoicing purposes: Contact person's name, telephone and email address and postal address.