M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering

University of Limerick

Tuition fee:
  • € 5,724 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,165 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Masters course (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering is based in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering with contributions from the Depts. of Mathematics and Statistics; Materials Science and Technology; and Manufacturing and Operations Engineering. This course will provide training in advanced topics in Mechanical Engineering and was developed in response to the decision of Engineers Ireland that a Master's degree in an engineering discipline will be the minimum educational standard for Chartered Engineer status for students graduating in 2013.


* To equip graduates with a detailed knowledge of advanced methods in mechanical engineering, including theoretical foundations, computational and experimental methods and engineering applications.
* To meet industrial need for graduates with the above qualities at a Master's level.
* To increase awareness of the opportunities offered by current research in Mechanical Engineering and its application to current practice.
* To fulfil the Engineers Ireland requirements for a Master's degree in an engineering discipline as a minimum educational standard for Chartered Engineer status for students graduating in 2013.
* To enhance graduates' existing educational base and employment prospects.

The programme spans a single academic year (three semesters) and requires full time attendance on campus. The programme outline is provided overleaf. For the first two semesters students will study a mandatory set of core subjects and a suite of optional advanced subjects (electives). Student will engage in a single research project over all three semesters with submission of a research project (thesis) at the end of semester 3. Students will also be provided with training in technical communications and project planning.


Semester 1

* Fundamentals of Continuum Mechanics (6 credits);
* Research Project (3 credits);
* Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers (3 credits).

Three Specialist Electives (each 6 credits) to be chosen from:-

* Non-linear Finite element Analysis;
* Scientific Computation; Composite Materials;
* Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics;
* Advanced Mechanics of Solids;
* Fuels and Energy Conversion.

Semester 2

Research Project (12 credits);

Three Specialist Electives (each 6 credits) to be chosen from:

* Renewable Energy Technologies;
* Fracture Mechanics;
* Advanced Computational Fluid;
* Engineering Mechanics of Plastics and Composites;
* Boundary Layer Theory;
* Project Planning and Control (6 credits);
* Microfludics.

Semester 3

Research Project (30 credits)

To graduate from the programme a student must accumulate 90 credits, comprising 45 credits of taught modules and 45 credits of research work. Credit may be given for prior learning, with the agreement of the Course Director.


The research project is worth 45 credits in total. Allocation of project titles and supervisors takes place during weeks 1-3 of semester 1. Most students choose from a list of projects provided by academic staff.The final grade for the research project is based on:

* A literature review (approx. 3500 words (10 pages) submitted in week 10 of semester 1.
* An interim report (approx. 3500 words) submitted in week 9 of semester 2.
* A research presentation in the form of a 20 minute presentation, expected to take place on Monday and Tuesday of week 13 in semester 2.
* The final research project report (thesis) submitted on the second last Wednesday in August, (August 17 for the 2010/11 academic year).
* The thesis takes the form of an extended journal/conference style paper (approx. 8,000 words).


The minimum entry requirement to the programme is a 2:2, level 8 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, or closely related field.

For international students, the entry equivalent will be accepted as determined by the Course Director in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions.

An interview may be part of the admission process.

Those with degrees from programmes not accredited by Engineers Ireland will be reviewed on an individual basis.


* Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
* English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
* A copy of your birth certificate (long document)


As all international students are required to possess sufficient language skills to attend lectures and sit examinations at the University of Limerick, students should be competent to communicate through the medium of English prior to their arrival. Students must have a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213(computer based) 80 (internet based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score in the range of 6.5-7 and not less than 6.0 in any one component.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80



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