Course Overview

This is a nine month taught Master’s programme, which is a direct follow-on from the four-year undergraduate BE programme in Mechanical Engineering, providing 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 nine academic  month 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 programme alone. Candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

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

Requirements and Assessment

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

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

ME programme: individuals must have a minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (H2.2), in a Level 8 engineering degree in a related discipline, or equivalent, from a recognised university or third-level college. Factors taken into account in determining admission will include the specific content of the undergraduate degree, the applicant’s performance, and the availability of places.

Additional Requirements


9 months, full-time

Next start date

September 2019

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Course Outline

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

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Optional ME432: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME5100: Advanced Computational Biomechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME6101: Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional AY872: Financial Management I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE520: Ergonomics - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP410: Non-Linear Elasticity - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EG5101: Advanced Energy Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME3104: Introduction to Regulatory Affairs in Manufacturing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME4105: Safety Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE450: Lean Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME431: Systems Reliability - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE446: Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME519: Mechanical Engineering Project/Thesis - 20 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME521: Research Methods for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME516: Advanced Mechanics of Materials - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME572: Human Reliability - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME426: Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME5171: Combustion Science and Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME429: Polymer Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required ME5106: Advanced Manufacturing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required BME501: Advanced Finite Element Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities


Mechanical engineering industry (e.g., power generation, renewable energy, machine tool manufacture, equipment manufacture, transport and aerospace industry, general manufacturing industry, offshore oil and gas industry), biomedical engineering industry; engineering management; further more advanced research (e.g., PhD); software (engineering) development; engineering consultancy.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,250 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€5,026 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€17,750 p.a. 2019/20

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019 PDF (12.6 MB)