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Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering

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

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Develop advanced analytical, numerical, experimental and interpersonal skills to adopt a leading role within the regional, national and international industry
  • Graduates of the programme will be highly suited to leading teams in industry or continuing to pursue academic research.
  • Undertake a significant 30 credit research project that addresses a real world problem in conjunction with local industry or researchers within the institute.

Course Summary

Graduates of the MEng in Mechanical Engineering will possess an advanced level of theoretical and practical knowledge, with highly developed research capability and innovation skills to enable their professional development as leaders in the industry. Four taught modules per semester, aimed at providing the student with specialist knowledge, are undertaken along with the Research Project module.

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering program is a professionally oriented master’s 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. In addition, the course fulfils the requirements of Engineers Ireland for a Master’s degree in an engineering discipline as the minimum educational standard for Chartered Engineer status.

The programme has been designed to provide a flexible route to masters qualification and is available in both full-time (2 days per week for 1 year) and part-time (1 day per week for 2 years) delivery modes with significant focus placed on the research dissertation, completed over the duration of the course.

The course comprises of 60 ECTS Credits of taught modules and 30 ECTS Credits for the research dissertation. Students will have the option to carry out the research dissertation on a specific topic, relevant to the program of study, informed by their particular background or areas of interest.

The MEng in Mechanical Engineering contains 4 mandatory taught modules per semester. Additionally, there is a Research Dissertation module that takes place throughout the duration of the course (including write-up over the summer period). The content of the programme has been tailored to provide advanced engineering analysis skills relevant to the broader manufacturing and mechanical engineering sector.

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

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

Semester 2:

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

Year Long:

  • Research Dissertation (30 Credits)

The MEng in Mechanical Engineering is available in both full-time (1 year) and part-time (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 Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering spans a minimum of three semesters. This includes two semesters of teaching and one dedicated to the thesis write-up. The programme has a blended delivery, with most lectures online and some labs/tutorials conducted onsite.

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 four modules. The second semester contains approximately 11 weeks of lectures for the delivery of four modules. The Research Dissertation module takes place throughout the duration of the programme. A typical week on the Masters in Mechanical Engineering programme (Full-Time) consists of two hours of lectures/tutorials per module plus laboratory work and tutorials.

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

The MEng 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 may progress to research Ph.D. programmes either in DkIT or other institutions. The Research Office at Dundalk Institute of Technology facilitates graduate studies through the DCU/DkIT graduate school.

  • Applicants must have an Honours bachelor's degree (NQF Level 8 or equivalent) with a minimum grade 2.1 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.  

This course is best suited to Mechanical Engineering graduates with an interest in developing advanced skills. Those with a particular interest in computational design and analysis of fluids/heat problems and materials/structural design.

Dr. Peter Ryan (School of Engineering)

Course ID DK_8428
Course Type Postgraduate
Study Mode Full-Time, Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 1 - 2 Years
Starting Date September
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Credits 90
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How To Apply

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).