Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

College of Engineering & Informatics,
School of Engineering and Informatics

Course overview

The Discipline is internationally recognised for research excellence in mechanical engineering, biomechanics and biomaterials, with over 60 postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The Discipline is closely linked with the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science, an interdisciplinary centre where engineers, scientists, and clinicians collaborate on therapeutic solutions to current medical challenges. The Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials, the Energy Research Centre, the Composites Research Unit, the Micromechanics Research Unit, and the Aerospace Research Centre are focal points for other major research activities.

The active areas of research are listed below alongside the staff member primarily involved. Admission to a particular degree programme requires the agreement of the Head of Discipline and the support of a staff member who will act as the Research Supervisor. Therefore, applicants should first contact the Discipline for discussions on the selection of a suitable and available research topic. 

Programmes available

PhD (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering), part-time
MEngSc (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering), full-time
MEngSc (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering), part-time
MApplSc (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering), full-time
MApplSc (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering), part-time
ME (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering), part-time

Entry requirements

PhD—high honours standard in the primary degree.
MEngSc—Bachelor of Engineering (honours) or equivalent, at second class honours grade one level or above.
MApplSc—honours degree from a recognised university or third level college or a pass degree with at least three years relevant experience
ME—Bachelor of Engineering degree and have proven engineering or research experience in a position of considerable responsibility.

Areas of interest

Prof. Paul Nolan
Computer algebra in web-based course delivery; simulation based training using internet technologies; virtual reality prototyping of biomedical devices.

Dr. John Eaton
Computational and experimental fluid dynamics; aerodynamics of flight vehicles, propulsion systems and components; aeroacoustics of turbulent flows; turbomachinery fluid dynamics; biofluid mechanics and flow systems; multidisciplinary design optimisation.

Dr. Padraig Molloy
Machine design; manufacturing process development; product design and development, automated systems and electro pneumatics; product development in respiratory, cardiovascular, and orthopaedic areas; renewable energy technologies.

Professor Peter McHugh
Biomechanics of hard and soft tissue; computational methods in biomedical engineering applied to linear and non-linear problems; medical implant and device analysis and design.

Dr. Conchur O'Bradaigh
Processing of thermoplastic composite materials liquid moulding of thermoplastic composite using monomer systems; mechanical testing of advanced composites; recycling of composite materials; application to innovative sporting, automotive and wind energy applications.

Dr. Nathan Quinlan
Biofluid dynamics in the heart and lung, thermoregulation, and applications to medical devices; particle image velocimetry; particle based techniques for computational fluid dynamics.

Dr. Mark Bruzzi
Medical device design and development; fracture and failure of materials; computational modelling.

Professor Abhay Pandit
Tissue engineering; scaffold design, biomimetics; biomaterial enhanced repair and regeneration.

Dr. Dimitrios Zeugolis
Biomimetic biomaterials; self-assembly; stabilisation & functionalisation of scaffolds; tissue engineering; cell-material interactions; macromolecular crowding; collagen research; nanotechnology; soft & hard tissue repair/regeneration.

Dr. Patrick McGarry
Biomechanics of cells and tissue; design and analysis of cardiovascular stents; design of orthopaedic implants; microscale wear and friction.

Dr. Pamela Walsh
Tissue engineering; scaffold design; bioceramics; functionalising marine materials; bioresorbable polymers.

Ms. Ailish Breen
Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biomaterial based delivery of therapeutic molecules, wound healing.

Mr. Pat McDonnell
Biomechanics of hard tissue; experimental and computational methods in orthopeadic research; orthopaedic implant design and development.

Researcher profiles

Find out more

Jane Bowman | Sharon Gilmartin
T +353 91 492 723 | 495 035

PAC code

PhD (part-time) GYF39
MEngSc (full-time) GYF40
MEngSc (part-time) GYF41
MApplSc (full-time) GYF42
MApplSc (part-time) GYF43
ME (part-time) GYF45

Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

Ph.D. EU Full time programme:  €4,529 p.a.

Ph.D. EU Part time programme:  €2,320 p.a.

Current Students

Michael Monaghan


" I graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from NUIG in 2007. Since then I have conducting research within the NFB research group on campus and the past year progressing with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. The campus of NUIG offers interaction with a wide range of research groups
ranging from marine science to glycobiology and opportunities with upcoming industries