Course Overview

This award winning programme was designed in partnership with academics and employers to meet the specific requirements of industry. It equips graduates with essential knowledge and skills in the fields of operations, quality, and innovation management.

The programme aims to enhance graduates’ technical and management contribution in various enterprises including manufacturing, financial services, health services, government, and many more. It invites participants from many disciplines: it is suitable for Engineering, Science, Commerce, and Arts graduates who wish to pursue a career in a high-tech environment. This conversion course aspect is of significant interest to students who may wish to change direction from their course of undergraduate study and pursue a new career path that offers them sound employment prospects in a growth area.

The Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) programme is highly regarded by employers and there has always been a strong demand for our graduates. Graduates of this programme have secured roles in engineering, management and IT in companies such as Accenture, Apple, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Valeo, Ingersoll Rand, Pepsi, Kerry Group, IBM, Ericsson, Elan and Hewlett Packard.

Key features of the programme include:

    • Infusing a strong ethos of innovation in students
    • Engaging teaching methods (e.g. Lego serious play; company visits; guest lectures)
    • A customised learning programme to suit the needs of individual students
    • Multidisciplinary approach (e.g. Engineering, Technology, Business)
    • Extensive career opportunities

Enterprise Systems focus on people, process and technology related issues in an organisation. Our flexible course structure allows you to build your own curriculum by choosing from a number of available modules to make up 50 ECTS (credits) or equivalent over the duration of the programme. A research thesis (30 ECTS) and Research Methods (10 ECTS) are core subjects and ensure students develop their critical thinking, analytical and writing skills. Learning outcomes are achieved by problem-based learning techniques and completion of a number of real world assignments. Written examinations are held each semester.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Problem-based learning techniques are used in most of our modules. You must also complete a number of real world assignments. Written examinations take place at the end of each semester.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry to the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) is open to those who hold a Second Class Honours degree at Level 8 in a related discipline. Candidates who hold a Level 8 degree without honours and who have three years’ relevant experience will also be considered.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

 Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level


Mode of study


ECTS weighting




Course code

1APE1, full-time
1APE2, part-time

Course Outline

The flexible structure allows you to tailor the programme to your specific needs. You can choose from those listed below. Modules are subject to availability and other modules may be made available.

You must also prepare a research thesis on a topic to be agreed with an academic leader. We will equip you with all scientific skills you need to do this in our module on Research Methods.

Module details, full-time course
Module details, part-time course

Further Education

Many of our graduates have been successful in securing scholarships to conduct research at PhD level.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This programme has propelled our graduates to successful careers in some of the most high profile organisations across the globe. They range from careers in research institutes, consulting, multi-national organisations and entrepreneurial ventures throughout the world.

What some of our employers say:

Alan Phelan | CEO Nucleus VP Group

We have engaged and recruited graduates and found them to be great problem solvers and critical thinkers. Their background in lean systems has been very applicable to a number of our companies where they have helped to implement sound systems and processes which have allowed our subsidiaries to scale rapidly.

Martin Conroy | Senior Director Medtronic

The Enterprise systems programme at NUI Galway focuses on providing the necessary knowledge to be excellent systems thinkers. Graduates have the ability to understand people; process as well as technology related issues in an organisation. The programme encourages candidates to analyse problems using scientific methods and to generate innovative and effective solutions to these problems. Furthermore graduates are given real skills such as the ability to work in a team and communicate well. Such skills are essential to fast moving high tech companies like ours.

What some of our graduates say:

Paul Gleeson | Accenture

The programme is well delivered as there is a nice balance between practical and classroom based learning. I found the lecturers to be some of the most helpful and engaging people I have come across during my studies as they take a hand on approach to getting students involved in class discussions and debates. All in all, the programme is an excellent foundation for finding future employment opportunities due to the high level of personal and professional development you will obtain. It helped open up numerous career opportunities for me so it is a programme that I would highly recommend.

Paul McCormack| Allergan

I undertook the Masters of Applied Science in NUI Galway with the aim of acquiring new skills and knowledge to aid in my future career progression. The course was challenging and required high standards throughout. While striving to meet these standards I believe I have greatly improved my knowledge of business systems and gained valuable new skills. I believe the lessons learnt during the course will facilitate my personal and professional development into the future.

Damien Coleman | Baxter Healthcare

I would highly recommend doing the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) at NUI, Galway. The wide variety of subjects offered allowed me to tailor the course to suit my needs and help me progress in Baxter Healthcare. I found the course to be challenging but extremely enjoyable and it helped me to gain deeper understanding of subjects such as Operations, Quality, Lean Manufacturing and Logistics. The standard of the lectures and guest speakers were second to none. This coupled with the energizing discussions and refreshing workshops has resulted in ensuring my future will be all the better for completing this masters.

Conor Hynes | Lean Project Manager NTMA / NAMA

The Master of Applied Science (Enterprise System) has equipped me with the tools and traits required to succeed. From the outset the structure was tailored to the needs of individual students but was delivered in a very organised and coherent fashion. For me, the influence of both the lecturers and guest lecturers was the most significant benefit of the course. The enthusiasm, ambition and drive they showed was infectious and was the catalyst I required to begin my career.

Alan Fahey | Project Cost Estimator at Reidy Contracting Group, New York

I would highly recommend doing the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) at NUI, Galway. The skills learned from this course can translate to working in almost any industry. When coming to the U.S in search of employment I found that having completed the course I could apply for almost any entry level job. Modules such as Lean Systems, Operations Management, and Quality Management can give you a new way at looking at problems and improving business. The lecturers I had were excellent with a great deal of industry experience and there was never an issue when asking for help or advice. Overall the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) is a highly rewarding course that opens the door to a world of opportunities.

Caimin Morey| Zimmer

The Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise systems) has transformed my career. Before the course had ended I had secured full time employment in the medical device sector, in a role where I was directly applying what I had learned. The modules offered are specific, challenging, relevant to industry and delivered in state of the art facilities. Furthermore the flexible structure allows you to tailor the course to suit your own needs and desired career path. I found the lecturers remarkable, they were always available and willing to help, and they took a personal interest in seeing me develop both professionally and personally. I could not recommend this masters and NUI Galway highly enough!

Liam O’Sullivan | Software Engineer, IBM Galway

The Masters in Enterprise Systems course allowed me to choose the study path that I wanted. I was able to sample and choose modules from a list that would provide me with the skills I needed to secure a job in my chosen field. These modules which included practical and classroom based learning were delivered and planned by insightful and knowledgeable individuals. One aspect of the course that I found invaluable was the guest lectures from highly educated and experienced professionals. Listening I was provided with first-hand accounts of how the skills I was learning were utilised in their chosen field. I highly recommend the course and would encourage anyone interested in developing their skill set to apply.

Domhnall O'Donovan | Manufacturing Analyst, Kerry Group

The Enterprise Systems Masters programme is an excellent course for those seeking to expand their knowledge into business processes. The course provides students with a diverse range of modules to choose from, with a strong focus on lean systems and efficient process management. It has equipped me with a strong skill set that I can use to apply in different business environments. I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to diversify from their undergraduate degree and broaden their skill set and knowledge to business.

Patrick Gallagher | Stryker Instruments

I chose the Masters of Applied Science in Enterprise Systems at NUI Galway because I wanted to give myself the best opportunity to secure employment in a very competitive market. Completing this course opens the door to a variety of roles in many highly recommended companies in Ireland and around the world. This is down to the structure of the course in the way that is allows each individual to tailor their modules to suit their specific needs. The balance between practical and classroom learning sets the individual up for success in their future careers. The state of the art facilities at NUI Galway allow the individual to learn while experiencing all that the campus has to offer. I would highly recommend this course.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,215 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€6,991 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€17,750 p.a. 2019/20

For EU students only 2019/20
1APE1 full time EU €7,215;
1APE2; 2APE2 part-time EU €3,665 p.a.

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant [for full time programmes only]—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Find out More

Dr. Kathryn Cormican
Programme Director
College of Engineering & Informatics
NUI Galway
T 353 91 493 975