MApplSc (Enterprise Systems)—
full-time and part-time

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview


Enterprise Systems rosette

OVERALL WINNER national Postgraduate Course of the Year (Engineering) Award 2013

The Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) is designed to meet the specific requirements of industry. It equips graduates with essential knowledge and skills in the fields of operations, quality and innovation management in sectors that include medical technology, manufacturing and health services. This programme is highly regarded by employers, and there is a strong demand for our graduates. It is suitable for engineering, science, commerce and arts graduates.

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. spanning engineering, technology and 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.

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.

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

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 17

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

NFQ level: 9

Mode of study: Taught

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.

  • Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Applied Innovation
  • Decision Systems and Business Analytics
  • Information Systems Strategy and Planning
  • Operations Management
  • Operations Strategy
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Lean Systems
  • Operations Research
  • Quality Management
  • Human and Systems Reliability
  • Ergonomics
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Regulatory Affairs.

You must also prepare an industrial-based research thesis on a topic to be agreed with an academic supervisor. We will provide you with a list of company-specific case studies in medical
technology and services organisations.

Further education

Graduates can progress to PhD level by carrying out research in a university or other research centre.

Applications and selections

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

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.

Find out more

Dr. Kathryn Cormican
Programme Director
College of Engineering & Informatics
NUI Galway
T 353 91 493975

PAC code

GYE13, full-time
GYE14, part-time

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,815 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €6,591 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

M.Applied Sc. EU Full time programme: €6,815; M.Applied Sc. EU Partl time programme: €3,520 p.a.

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – 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.

Past students

Paul Gleeson


"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."

Sean Hehir

Marvao Medical

"With a broad subject choice the Masters of Applied Science at NUI Galway allowed me to tailor the course to focus on the areas of interest to me which also complemented my science degree. Through team-oriented projects I developed better inter-personal skills and grew exponentially both professionally and personally. With a flexible course structure and forward thinking/innovative faculty the degree encourages and inspires entrepreneurship and innovation. The course is very relevant to current industrial practices as I found I had a working knowledge of the medical device industry from day one in my current job."

Niall O Conor


"Completing the Enterprise Systems Masters Programme has opened up a variety of new options for me, significantly building the skill-set which I had brought in to the course. The diversity of modules to choose from allowed me to focus on the areas that best interested me. With an excellent mix of practical and theoretical approaches, as well as access to the wider range of services and support within NUI Galway I would recommend this programme to anyone."

Paul McCormack


"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."

Employers Testimonials

Alan Phelan

CEO Nucleus Venture Partners

"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."