Course Overview

NOTE: this course is not on offer for entry 2023.


The MSc is a 12-month, 90 ECTS Level 9 Masters in Mechanical Engineering, which will take engineering (BE) and closely-related graduates to an advanced level of mechanical engineering capability, focusing on advanced design, analysis, materials and manufacture via state-of-the-art technology. The programme is designed to meet the international demand for Level 9 qualifications. This course offers a broad range of advanced engineering modules, including advanced applied mathematics and advanced computational modelling, as well as industry-specific advanced modules in manufacturing technology, offshore engineering, energy and medical device development and materials. A substantial 12-month research thesis allows the students to implement new research skills developed within a specially-designed module on engineering research methods, including publication of the research findings. Each MSc project focuses on a current ‘hot topic’ in mechanical engineering industry and is carried out in collaboration with industry partners.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr. Mingming Tong, Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Richard Barrett, Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Sean Leen
Mechanical & Biomedical Eng
New Engineering Building
NUI Galway
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Prof Peter McHugh
B.E., Sc.M.,PH.D.
Established Prof Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
New Engineering Building
NUI Galway
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Dr Kathryn Cormican
Personal Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Alice Perry Building
University of Galway
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Dr Rory Monaghan
B.E., Ph.D., S.M.
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Dr William Ronan

Biomedical Engineering
Alice Perry Engineering Building
NUI Galway
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Dr. Nathan Quinlan
B.E., M.Eng.Sc., D.Phil.
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Dr Patrick McGarry
BE, MEng Sc, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Biomedical Engineering
New Engineering Building
NUI Galway
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Dr. Pádraig Molloy
B.E., D.I.C., Ph.D. C.Eng.
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Dr Bryan McCabe
BA, BAI, PhD, CEng, EurIng, MIEI
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Dr. James Duggan
B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D.
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Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Individuals must have Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (H2.1), in a Level 8 engineering degree in a related discipline, or equivalent, from a recognised university or third-level college.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

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Course Outline

This 90 ECTS programme includes a substantial 30 ECTS research project, complemented by 60 ECTS of modules (including 10 ECTS of optional modules). The research project is directly supervised by a member of academic staff for the full 12-month period on a selected industry or research topic and is assessed on the basis of a written thesis. The modules focus on advanced engineering research methods and technology, where students will combine design, computational methods and modelling, as well as experimental testing and prototyping activities, utilizing state-of-the-art research facilities in the New Engineering Building in University of Galway. Over two semesters, students will take a total of 10 mandatory advanced modules in mechanics, materials, applied mathematics for engineering and research methods. In addition, students will choose two further modules from a choice of nine specialist modules including turbomachines, offshore engineering and advanced energy systems.

Download course syllabus here.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum 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. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
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 (90 Credits)

Optional BME6101: Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP494: Partial Differential Equations - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP410: Non-Linear Elasticity - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME432: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EG5101: Advanced Energy Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CT561: Systems Modelling and Simulation - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME4109: Materials II - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME5107: Mechanical Engineering MSc Thesis - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Required BME5100: Advanced Computational Biomechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MP553: Advanced Applied Mathematics for Engineers 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME516: Advanced Mechanics of Materials - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required ME521: Research Methods for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME426: Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE6113: Energy in Buildings - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE6101: Coastal and Offshore Engineering I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE509: Advanced Structures - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ME5171: Combustion Science and Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MP554: Advanced Applied Mathematics for Engineers 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required ME5106: Advanced Manufacturing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required BME501: Advanced Finite Element Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical engineering industry (e.g., power generation, renewable energy, machine tool manufacture, equipment manufacture, transport and aerospace industry, traditional and advanced manufacturing industries, offshore oil and gas industry)
  • Biomedical engineering industry (e.g., medical device research and development)
  • Engineering management
  • Software (engineering) development
  • Engineering consultancy
  • Further advanced research (e.g., PhD)

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,040 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Tuition

€7,900 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU

€25,090 p.a. 2023/24

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €4,000 towards your tuition (2023/24).  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay tuition up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €140.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = Tuition (EU or NON EU) + Student levy as outlined above.

Note to non-EU students: learn about the 24-month Stayback Visa here

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