Mechanical Engineering

Course Information

BSc (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9) or BE (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN150
CAO Points Range 2016: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc) + 2 Years (ME) or 4 Years (BE)
Average Intake: 250

Leaving Certificate:

Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics (Min H4 in LC or equivalent), one laboratory science subject (Min H6 in LC or equivalent) & two other recognised subjects.

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

Mechanical engineers help to improve our world. We face unprecedented challenges, from understanding climate change, to managing global mobility, to finding sustainable growth pathways for the burgeoning population in the developing world. Mechanical Engineering in UCD provides you with the education, skills and knowledge you’ll need to understand the challenges, and help to develop the new solutions we need. Working in areas ranging from energy to aerospace, biomedicine or manufacturing, mechanical engineers are changing our world for the better. They create new solutions, integrate disparate technologies, increase energy efficiency, reduce our consumption of natural resources and minimise our impact on the local and global environment. If you want to help forge a path to a brighter future, Mechanical Engineering at UCD is the place for you.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the fourth year of the ME (Master of Engineering) programme in Mechanical Engineering and typically lasts from six to eight months. Most of the PWE placements are based in Ireland, but students have also travelled to the UK, continental Europe, China and Australia. Our PWE affiliates include: Accenture, Bio-Medical Research Galway Ltd., BMW, Boston Scientific, Daimler- Benz, Element 6, Henkel, Jaguar Land Rover, PCH International, Procut and many others.

Opportunities are extraordinarily diverse, making graduates highly resilient to changing economic circumstances. Recent graduates are currently employed in:

  • Energy, Biomedical, Aeronautical, Automotive and Manufacturing Sectors
  • IT companies
  • Management and Project Management.

Graduates can pursue taught or research master’s in Mechanical Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Engineering with Business, or Biomedical Engineering in UCD or elsewhere. Those with a strong interest in research also have the opportunity to pursue a PhD.

What Will I Study

First Year
All DN150 students follow a common first year which includes modules in:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Energy Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Creativity in Design

Second to Fifth Year
Sample modules for Mechanical Engineering students include:

  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Mechanics of Fluids
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Heat Transfer
  • Electrical and Electronic Circuits
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Professional Engineering
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Applied Dynamics
  • Biomechanics
  • Measurement & Instrumentation
  • Control Theory

A student’s week includes attending lectures and tutorials as well as participating in laboratory-based workshops and undertaking independent study.

A combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year, you’ll also submit a report of your research project.

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International Study Opportunities

Students are encouraged to spend one or more semesters abroad, attending a Mechanical Engineering degree of equivalent standard. To date, students have studied in:

  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), USA
  • EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Australia, France and New Zealand


“For as long as I can remember I always wanted to do engineering, and that influenced my choice of subjects for the Leaving Certificate. I did Maths, Applied Maths and Physics. I also did Art, which some people may find unusual but I found it really useful, particularly in the design modules of my degree. I chose Mechanical Engineering because I had a hands-on approach to all things mechanical (especially engines) while growing up, and I wanted to learn how and why things work the way they do. I now work in Italy with Ferrari on engine design and testing.”

Ian Whelan, Student