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Prospective students

Is this the right course for you?

Do you like the creative, analytical, problem-solving focus of engineering?

Do you like the diversity of engineering?

Perhaps you see your professional life more involved with running a company, managing projects, or being a consultant?

If any of these describes you, then you should consider Engineering with Management in TCD.

See what some of our students do in 2nd year...

  A 2nd year design project is to design and manufacture a resonator guitar

The diversity and flexibility of this course will give you endless possibilities in your professional life, both in what you do and how you do it. As well as providing the core competencies for employment in research, manufacturing, production, design and engineering consultancy, the breadth of the course equips graduates to compete favourably with general graduates for careers in the business and financial sectors.

A key feature of the Engineering with Management programme is that the class size is capped at 20 students. This reflects a core belief in the value of small-group teaching and hands-on exercises, and delivered through active learning strategies implemented by our world class staff.

Course Overview

The course is a fully accredited professional engineering degree that produces graduate engineers capable of working in the competitive environment of world-class manufacturing. To achieve this, the syllabus integrates management subjects with a proven engineering programme.

Approximately 80% of the syllabus comprises engineering subjects such as design, automation, computer simulation/modelling, bio-engineering and materials. The remaining 20% comprises management subjects such as marketing, finance, quality systems, supply chain management, and human resources management. Engineering is a busy but exciting course with typically full days in labs, workshops and lectures, as well as working on team and group projects. A variety of assessment techniques ranging from traditional examinations to continuous assessment, project work, design portfolios is used over the 4 or 5 years.

Throughout the course, a strong emphasis is placed on group projects, case studies and teamwork. Many of our 4th years are undertaking the ME5E3 (Innovation in Product Development) module. This pairs Trinity students in teams with students from the world’s leading universities (e.g. Stanford in the US); each team consisting of 4 students from each university. The course also involves trips to Stanford and the Silicon Valley area. The teams are working with industrial sponsors, recent examples being SAP and Panasonic, with a mission to create innovative solutions to real customer needs.

Course Progression

Engineering with Management Progession
  Engineering with Management Progression Options

Students in their first year study the foundational sciences required for engineering (mathematics, computer programming, physics, and chemistry). They are also introduced to management science and manufacturing engineering and design, and to the practice of engineering through our laboratory programme and a group design project.

Students in their second year build on the foundation sciences learned in first year and are introduced to more applied sciences in terms of how materials and structures behave. A major feature of the second year is the emphasis on small group teaching and project work which integrates design, engineering science and business. All students undertake a major group project – designing and building a metal bodied guitar, which includes not just the technical, but also a business and marketing plan for their product.

In third year students develop further their knowledge in the behaviour of materials and the solution of engineering problems, as well as the systems level information systems required in large modern businesses. Students may choose electives in either biomedical or mechanical engineering and specialist options in energy, communications, machine design or broad curriculum. At the end of year three you make a decision to pursue a Bachelor degree (B. Sc.(Ing)) or a Masters degree (M.A.I.) depending on achieving the necessary academic standards.

Most of our 4th year students are in the first year of a two year masters-cycle leading to the award of an M.A.I. degree (see below). Students can elect to choose from a very broad range of technical and business modules to best suit their own aptitudes and career preferences. Students electing to conclude their studies with a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.(Ing)) undertake a project. Those continuing to a 5th year have a number of other options such as the innovation projects (see above), industry-based internships, or study-abroad programmes (see below).

Students in 5th year (studying for an M.A.I. qualification) undertake a major individual research project and range of advanced specialist technical modules.

Five Year Masters with Study Abroad and Internship Opportunities

Students who achieve a satisfactory academic standard in their 3rd year may proceed to a 2-year Master’s cycle, which will lead to the award of an M.A.I. (Masters in Engineering) degree. Those students who choose to graduate after four years with the B.Sc.(Ing) degree will require additional qualifications (e.g. further/alternative postgraduate study) to be eligible for professional accreditation with Engineers Ireland.

4 principal routes are available:

  • An integrated 2-year cycle based in Trinity, comprising an approved combination of project work and lectures.

  • The entire 4th year is taken abroad at an approved partner university, after which students return to Trinity and complete their studies with an appropriate range of advanced level modules and a substantial research-based project.

  • Semester 2 of year 4 is spent in industry on the Engineering project Internship where students carry out project work in one of Trinity’s internship partner Industrial companies based in Ireland or abroad. The engineering project internship is full time from mid January to June. Example companies include; Nokia, DepuySynthes, Ferrari, Glanbia, Deloitte, PWC and many others

  • An extended period (approximately 6-8 months) in the 4th year is spent at either an approved partner university (e.g. KTH Stockholm, IST Lisbon, UPC Barcelona, EPFL Lausanne, KUL Belgium), or in a formal industrial placement, after which students return to Trinity and complete their studies with an appropriate range of advanced level modules and a substantial research-based project.

What will you study?

The course is structured around themes that are developed over the four years. These themes are:
- General engineering
- Business
- Design
- Materials science
- Manufacturing engineering
- Management science

Throughout the course, a strong emphasis is placed on group projects, case studies and teamwork.