Mechanical Engineering

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

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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.

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

First Year
Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Creativity in Design
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Linear Algebra Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physics

Second to Fifth Year
Core modules for Mechanical Engineering students may include:

  • Advanced Metals Processing
  • 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
  • Measurement & Instrumentation
  • Statistics & Probability
  • Electrical Energy Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computational Continuum Mechanics

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-trimester 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 have the opportunity in their third year to spend either one or two trimesters studying abroad in a partner University, there are options to study in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Opportunities are extraordinarily diverse, making graduates highly resilient to changing economic circumstances. Recent graduates are currently employed in the energy, biomedical, aeronautical, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and IT sectors.

Professional Work Experience

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME programme. Six-to-eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following employers: AbbVie, Accenture, Advanced Surgical Concepts, Ethos Engineering, Fingleton White, Glen Dimplex, Henkel, Hilti, Irish Distillers, Jacobs Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover and Nypro.

Graduates can pursue taught or research Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Engineering with Business or Biomedical Engineering in UCD. Those with a strong interest in research also have the opportunity to pursue a PhD.

Other Entry Routes

“I chose to study engineering at UCD because of my deep interest in science and innovation. Ultimately, I wanted a career in which I could make a positive and meaningful impact on society. Academically, the course is challenging but extremely rewarding. The curriculum encourages creativity and independent thinking. Many modules include project-based assessments, which are often made into fun competitions. One of the highlights of my college experience was studying at UC Berkeley during my third year. Thanks to UCD’s well-established reputation internationally, the opportunity to study abroad is offered to all engineering students. If you have an interest in maths, enjoy solving problems and are keen to have a hands-on experience at university, engineering will be a good fit for you.”

Doireann Shaffrey, Student

Contact Information

UCD Engineering & Architecture College Office,
Engineering and Materials Science Centre,
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 1916

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