Master of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

This is a one-year taught Masters programme which is a direct follow-on from the four-year undergraduate BE programme in Mechanical Engineering, to provide students with the opportunity to take a first step in advanced engineering education and research skills, within the framework of the academic and professional requirements for Chartered Engineer status. The philosophy of the programme is the preparation of graduates for exciting careers in advanced engineering and innovative technology development and management.

The Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (ME) at NUI Galway is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, meeting the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation. Successfully completing this (level 9) ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.

ME Programme

The ME programme on its own is a 60ECTS one academic year course of study. Graduates with an honours degree in a cognate Engineering discipline may be eligible to take the ME. This will be of interest to graduates who wish to study more advanced topics in their core engineering discipline. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification should be aware that professional accreditation is assessed by the Engineering Councils on the basis of the aggregate periods of study (Level 8 + Level 9), and not on the Masters year alone. Candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

Key facts

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is Second Class Honours Degree in a Level 8 Mechanical Engineering programme (or equivalent).

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: 20

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.

NFQ level: 9

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

This is a one-year programme which combines advanced mechanical engineering modules with a substantial (year-long) research and development project and modules on engineering transferrable skills. The large group development project, which is the capstone of the masters, will be in direct collaboration with an engineering industrial partner to develop new mechanical engineering technology. A key aspect of this master’s programme is the teaching of innovation and entrepreneurship skills and technology, along with research methods. A range of advanced engineering modules (advanced composites, advanced mechanics of materials, advanced finite elements) are also taught to build directly on undergraduate mechanical engineering topics and bring students to a more specialized understanding and ability for state-of-the-art engineering design.


Assessment will consist of continuous assessment via coursework and project work, along with written examinations.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Prof Sean Leen
Prof Peter McHugh
Dr Conchur O’Bradaigh
Dr Kathryn Cormican
Dr Rory Monaghan
Dr Henry Curran
Dr John Eaton
Mr Enda Fallon
Dr Pat Donnellan
Ms Mary Dempsey
Dr Gerard Hurley
Prof M Destrade

Find out more

Jane Bowman | Sharon Gilmartin
Mechanical Engineering
T: +353 91 492723 | +353 91 492223
E: jane.bowman@nuigalway.ie | sharon.gilmartin@nuigalway.ie 

PAC code

GYE17

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,900 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,676 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16