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Mechanical and manufacturing engineering

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR032
  • No. of Places: 175
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 470 points
  • Duration: 5 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.I., M.A.I. Optional: B.A.I. only
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • Course Options:

    Students who wish to study Mechanical and manufacturing engineering apply to the Engineering degree (TR032). The first two years are common to all Engineering students and at the end of the second-year students select Mechanical and manufacturing engineering as their specialist area.

    See TR032: Engineering (common entry programme) for details of the Freshman (first two) years.

  • How to apply: See how to apply

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What is Mechanical and manufacturing engineering?

This is often seen as the broadest of all engineering qualifications as the skills required range from mathematics and electronics to metal fatigue and fluid mechanics. Nearly all machines used in everyday life – from the car or washing machine to the most complex aircraft or electricity supply plant to the tiniest surgical instrument – have required the skills of a mechanical engineer. Every industrial plant or manufacturing operation relies on a mechanical engineer for its smooth running and efficiency.

Mechanical engineers are involved in design, testing, inspection and manufacture of mechanical devices and components. As a mechanical engineer you will work as a professional using technology to make the world a better, safer place.

What will you study?

Course topics include:

  • Energy – the study of thermodynamics applied to the conversion and use of energy.
  • Solid mechanics – stresses and deformation experienced by components under service loads.
  • Engineering materials – the mechanical properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites.
  • Fluid mechanics – the behaviour of gases and liquids, for example the flow of air over the wings of an aircraft.
  • Manufacturing technology and systems – how components are made and how factories are organised.
  • Dynamics – the study of moving bodies and machines, including acoustics and vibrations.
  • Mechatronics – the study of electro-mechanical systems, for example the electronic control of manufacturing processes.
  • Engineering design – principles underlying the correct design of components; computer-aided design.
  • Bioengineering – Engineering principles of the human body: design of medical devices and instruments.

In the Junior Sophister (third) year you will study eight technical modules. In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year and optional Masters (fifth) year you will choose from a wide range of technical and non-technical subjects, tailoring your degree to suit your own interests. You can specialise in areas of the subject such as: acoustics, energy, aeronautics or manufacturing.

Project work is an important aspect of this degree and there is an extensive research facility available to students. You will carry out several projects, including a major research project in your final year. Some examples of final-year projects include:

  • Study of jet engine exhaust noise
  • Design and build an entry for ‘Robot Wars’
  • Design and construction of energy storage devices for the developing world
  • Pedestrian car impact simulation
  • Bamboo: study of structure and mechanical properties

Study abroad and work experience

You can spend your fourth year studying abroad or a semester working in industry. There are opportunities to study abroad through the Erasmus, Cluster and Unitech exchange programmes. The Department links with many universities including Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium; INSA de Lyon, France; INPG Grenoble; Karlsruhe, Germany and KTH, Sweden.


As well as the potential for a career in mainstream mechanical or manufacturing engineering, graduates have found work in industries as diverse as film production, financial services and airlines. There is also a demand for specialist research and development work in industry, research organisations and universities. Opportunities exist for graduates in mechanical and manufacturing engineering to find employment in Ireland and elsewhere in engineering consultancies, public utilities (transport, power generation) and manufacturing industries in the mechanical, electronic and biomedical sectors.

Further information

Tel: + 353 1 896 1383



Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3 Mathematics
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C Mathematics