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Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

Course Points
Course Duration
1 - 2 Years
Course Level
Level 9
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date

Course Summary

The aim of the Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is to provide graduates with advanced analytical, numerical, experimental, and interpersonal skills who can adopt a leading role within the regional, national and international industry.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical Engineering program is a professionally oriented level 9 degree program that provides advanced knowledge and experiential opportunities beyond that of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. This programme provides a detailed knowledge of advanced methods in Mechanical Engineering including theoretical foundations, and computational and experimental methods. Furthermore, a focus is placed on applying the knowledge and skills gained through the programme to real challenges within the manufacturing and mechanical engineering sectors. The programme has been developed to meet the needs of the regional and national engineering industry, which requires graduates with high-level skills in design, analysis and testing.

The programme has been designed to provide a flexible route to an advanced degree and is available in both full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 years) delivery modes. The course comprises of 30 ECTS Credits of taught modules.

Learners who complete this programme, subsequently have the option of completing an additional 30-credit project module to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical Engineering contains 4 mandatory taught modules. The content of the programme has been tailored to provide advanced engineering analysis skills relevant to the broader manufacturing and mechanical engineering sector.

Learners must complete a mandatory Engineering Management module but may choose 3 other modules from the available options. This structure provides the flexibility for learners to select only the modules which pertain to their speciality or area of interest.

Learners gain fundamental knowledge in modules such as Fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Advanced Mechanical Design in semester 1, before applying this knowledge to develop new skills in analysis-based modules such as Finite Element Analysis and Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics, in the second semester.

The requirement for engineers that can develop effective experiments to investigate an issue or develop a new prototype has been addressed through a dedicated statistics and design of experiments module, followed by an instrumentation and control module.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything an engineer does and therefore the programme includes an Energy and Sustainability module that addresses topics such as: sustainability and the circular economy, climate change, renewable energy technologies, and the green economy.

The assignments, case studies, and application selected for the various modules are informed by the research of the academics involved and/or by links with local industry. For example, the cases utilised for the Computational Fluid Dynamics module will come from state-of-the-art research that is taking place within the Centre for Renewable Energy (CREDIT) within the institute.

A full listing of modules on the programme is included below:

Semester 1:

Choose any two of the following:

  • Fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics (7.5 Credits)
  • Statistics and Design of Experiments for Engineers (7.5 Credits)
  • Advanced Mechanical Design (7.5 Credits) 

Semester 2:

  • Engineering Management (7.5 Credits)

And choose any two of the following:

  • Finite Element Analysis (7.5 Credits)
  • Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (7.5 Credits)
  • Instrumentation and Control (7.5 Credits)

Note: Some semester 2 elective modules have pre-requisite modules that must be chosen in semester 1.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is available in both full-time (1 year) and part-time (1-2 years) delivery modes and will be delivered primarily online, with some practical laboratories and tutorial sessions delivered on campus on a set day of the week, in order to facilitate part-time students who may be travelling to the Dundalk Institute of Technology campus.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical Engineering spans a minimum of two semesters. In the first semester, the induction content is delivered over a one-week period (using a blend of online and in-person sessions), and then there are approximately 11 weeks for the delivery of the other modules. The second semester contains approximately 11 weeks of lectures for the delivery of two modules.

A typical week on the Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical Engineering programme (Full-Time) consists of two hours of lectures/tutorials per module plus laboratory work and tutorials. This corresponds to 8 hours of class time a week for a student completing the programme in 1 year.

Please Note: Students will be required to attend the institute for formal end-of-semester exams and some lab-based assessments.

The Certificate in Mechanical Engineering will equip graduates with the skillset and knowledge for crucial roles in research, design, and development in a diverse range of national and regional engineering and manufacturing companies.

Graduates of this programme, subsequently have the option of completing an additional 30 credits of taught modules to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.  

Graduates may also progress to the MEng in Mechanical Engineering by completing the additional 30 credits taught modules and a 30 credit Research Project.

Graduates may also opt to complete research Masters/PhD programmes either in DkIT or other institutions.

  • Applicants must have an Honours bachelor's degree (NQF Level 8 or equivalent) with a minimum grade 2.2 in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related engineering discipline that should have covered mechanical engineering fundamentals such as Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Materials.
  • Depending on the number of applications, candidates may be short-listed, i.e. a qualified applicant is not automatically guaranteed a place.  

Dr. Peter Ryan (School of Engineering)

Course ID DK_9369
Course Type Postgraduate
Study Mode Full-Time or Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 1 - 2 Years
Fees €2,550
Starting Date September
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Credits 60
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How To Apply

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