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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Mechanical Engineering is a subject concerned with the design and manufacture of parts and systems that make up the range of machinery and equipment you see around you, from a can opener to a jet aircraft. Mechanical engineers design the tools and processes necessary to create all man-made products, and are often involved from conceiving of an idea right through to seeing it as a finished product ready for its commercial application. They design everything you think of as a device or machine. Devices used in engines, the components used in transportation, power conversion equipment, like the steam and wind turbines used in modern electric power plants, and processing equipment used in oil and gas rigs all come within the remit of the mechanical engineer.
If you think you have or can develop the skills and knowledge to understand the requirements for designing a moving device or machine for the environment it will be used in as well as understand how it will best be manufactured, then you may make a good mechanical engineer. This degree programme is designed to provide graduates with the skills to face the challenge for newer, better, faster, more reliable, more versatile, longer-lasting and more environmentally friendly products and processes. These skills need also to be complemented by the managerial and personal skills needed to interact with teams on joint projects.
Learning about Mechanical Engineering will help you to develop your creative side, a part of your thinking that will enable you to design a new product or system and the analytical skills to make it a reality. You will also learn about the value of the teamwork skills that go into the successful production of most devices and processes used in today's world. These are valuable skills that will be useful in other areas of your life also.
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Requirements and Assessment
For A-Levels: A minimum of Grade C in Mathematics is required
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A Level Grades (2017)
ABB & c(AS) or equivalent combination
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Mode of study
- Engineering Calculus
- Engineering Chemistry
- Engineering Computing
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Graphics
- Engineering Mathematical Methods
- Engineering Mechanics
- Engineering Physics
- Fundamentals of Engineering
- CAD & Design Project
- Electrical Circuits and Systems
- Electronic Instrumentation and Sensors
- Engineering Statistics
- Fundamentals of Operations Engineering
- Machine Design and Manufacturing Technology
- Materials 1
- Mathematics & Applied Mathematics
- Strength of Materials
- Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
- Automated Systems
- Electromechanical Power Conversion
- Fluid Dynamics
- Introduction to Regulatory Affairs in Manufacturing
- Linear Control Systems
- Mechanical Vibrations
- Professional Experience Programme (In semester two of third year, students undertake an eight-month work placement)
- Professional Skills
- Project Management for Engineers
- Quality Systems
- Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
- Advanced Mechanical Analysis and Design
- Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis
- Energy Conversion
- Individual Fourth Year Project (one quarter of year 4 marks)
- Machine Design Project
- Polymer Engineering
Plus a choice of three of the following seven specialist modules
- Combustion Science and Engineering
- Lean Systems
- Power Systems
- Safety Engineering
- Systems Reliability
- Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics
Details for Year 1 to 4 modules can be found here.
Year 5 - Optional
Why should I do a 5th year to obtain a Masters qualification in Engineering?
A Masters degree qualification (ME) from the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway helps you to distinguish yourself in a competitive job market. It enables you to develop specialist skills you will need to succeed at the highest levels in your chosen field. It is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, which is accredited by the Engineers Ireland under European Framework Standards. This means that the Master of Engineering degree is recognised internationally to be equivalent to accredited engineering degree programmes in many other countries (for example ABET accredited Engineering Degree programs in the United States). These 5 year qualification satisfies the requirements to allow you to apply for a Chartered Engineer title, which is a badge of excellence for the Engineering profession that is awarded for knowledge and competence. Thus with a 5 year Masters Degree in Engineering from NUI Galway, you will be able to have your qualification recognised if you want to secure high value employment in many of the world's leading Engineering/Technology companies.
Follow chosen course of Engineering to Masters level.
The programme combines advanced mechanical engineering modules with a substantial (nine month long) research and development project and modules on engineering transferable skills. The large group development project, which is the capstone of the Master’s, will be conducted in collaboration with an engineering industrial partner to develop new mechanical engineering technology. A key aspect of this programme is the teaching of innovation and entrepreneurship skills and technology, along with research methods. A range of advanced engineering modules (advanced mechanics of materials, advanced finite elements, advanced energy systems) are also taught to build directly on undergraduate mechanical engineering topics and bring students to a more specialized understanding of and ability to conduct state-of-the-art engineering design.
Modules for 2017-18Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required MA140: Engineering Calculus - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MP120: Engineering Mechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1110: Engineering Computing I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CH140: Engineering Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EI140: Fundamentals of Engineering - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required EI160: Engineering Graphics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1111: Engineering Computing II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MM140: Engineering Mathematical Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PH140: Engineering Physics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EI150: Engineering Design - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required MA2101: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required ME2103: Machine Design and Manufacturing Technology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required ME2101: CADD & Design Project - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required ME223: Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EE231: Electronic Instrumentation and Sensors - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required CE227: Strength of Materials - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required ST1100: Engineering Statistics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required BME2100: Materials I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EE230: Electrical Circuits & Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required ME5105: Fundamentals of Operations Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MA2102: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Optional CT3112: Professional Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional ME3102: Project Management for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional ME3104: Introduction to Regulatory Affairs in Manufacturing - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required CT3112: Professional Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME312: Automated Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME322: Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE3101: Electromechanical Power Conversion - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME301: Fluid Dynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME352: Mechanical Vibrations - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE352: Linear Control Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME304: Mechanical Analysis And Design - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME5102: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME3103: Mechanical Professional Experience Programme - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Optional ME5102: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional IE522: Safety And Risk Management - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional BME400: Biomechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional ME4105: Safety Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional IE450: Lean Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional ME431: Systems Reliability - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required ME424: Energy Conversion - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required BME402: Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Required ME4106: 4th Year Machine Design Project - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required ME4107: Mechanical Engineering Fourth Year Project - 15 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EE450: Power Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional ME4101: Combustion Science and Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional ME426: Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required ME402: Advanced Mechanical Analysis And Design - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required ME429: Polymer Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, suitably qualified students have the option to enrol and continue their studies to Masters or PhD level.
Students can advance to Masters level (ME) through our one year taught Masters programme (September-June) that builds on the successful completion of their undergraduate programme, subject to a sufficient standard (2nd Class Honours minimum). This programme is an integrated follow-on to the BE programme and is designed to meet Engineers Ireland’s criterion for Level 9 degrees, providing graduates with a route to Chartered Engineering status that will be recognised worldwide.
Masters degree education is becoming increasingly the norm internationally in Engineering, and this programme strengthens the ability of our graduates to compete nationally and internationally at the highest level for employment in industry and other sectors of the economy.
In PhD research, as well as Masters research projects, students create and use advanced experimental and computational techniques to discover new knowledge in diverse fields including materials, medical devices, fluid dynamics, and energy. We collaborate closely with researchers in biomedical and energy systems engineering, and with industry, both local and international. In industrial engineering, student work on topics including ergonomics, enterprise engineering and health and safety.
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- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.
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What Our Students Say
James Grogan | BE (Mechanical)
...I have always had a keen interest in finding out how things work, which often led me to taking apart everything I could get my hands on when I was younger. In third year students spend five months working in industry. This gives a real appreciation of how everything you learn in the classroom can be applied in an industrial setting. It is likely that knowledge of this area will become very important in the future, as it will be the next generation of engineers who must rise to the challenge of designing cleaner and more efficient systems...