Mechanical Engineering has been taught in TCD since 1842 but in later years as part of a broad based engineering science degree (the BAI). The present degree structure was introduced in 1979 at a time of major curriculum overhaul and expanding student numbers. This engineering educational model is unique to Trinity College Dublin. The first year serves to consolidate the study of mathematical and physical sciences. The student is introduced to the various facets of engineering through the course and laboratory work. In the second year, the subjects basic to all engineering disciplines are studied and, at the end of the year, a student selects the broad branch of engineering in which he or she wishes to specialise.
For detailed information on Undergraduate courses see the School of Engineering.