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Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • CAO CodeDC195
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2017 402
  • Duration 4 Years

This course combines two distinct fields, Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering, to create the foundation for a versatile career.

Mechanical Engineering focuses on the design, manufacture and operation of products that have moving parts. Aircraft, automobiles, more fuel-efficient systems and cheaper electricity all come to mind. Manufacturing Engineering, meanwhile, concentrates on converting materials from one form to another. It's about manufacturing processes and systems, ranging from basic assembly (e.g., car tyres) or high-tech manufacture (jumbo jets).

The programme also prepares you for the challenges of mechanical and manufacturing engineering using the most sophisticated computer techniques and tools.

Completing the course in four years, earns you a Bachelor’s. An optional Year Five could fast-track you to a Master’s in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Why do this course?

  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Lots of hands on experience in labs
  • Industrial experience as part of the course
  • INTRA work placement
  • Great employment prospects upon graduation
  • Option to complete a 5th year and obtain a Master’s degree
  • Accredited engineering programme

Student Voice

With the increased use of computer simulation and analysis techniques being used throughout all engineering companies, I felt it was important to do a course where I would learn about many of these techniques. I felt that DCU had the right balance of lecture to practical based teaching, which best suited my style of learning. With the courses' heavy emphasis on computational techniques for both drafting and analysis, the experience gained at DCU and during the 6-month work placement greatly increased my employment potential, which has been borne out. After completing my degree, I moved to Japan and started work as a Design Engineer for an automotive component company.

Ciarán Turner, B.Eng. Mechanical and Manufacturing

About the course

This four-year BEng (Honours) Degree (with the option to complete a fifth year for a Master’s degree) has eight academic themes, each addressing a particular aspect of mechanical and manufacturing engineering:

  • Mathematics and computing

  • Design

  • Professional development

  • Dynamics and control

  • Solid mechanics

  • Fluid mechanics

  • Materials

  • Manufacturing processes and sustainable manufacturing systems
     

The course places a strong emphasis on both academic performance in examinations and continuous assessment throughout the five years.

In Year Three, you will undertake an INTRA industrial work placement for six months. This is usually with a business in Ireland but opportunities arise abroad. In addition, there are some research positions within DCU.

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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

 

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

 

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Careers

As a DCU graduate, you’ll be highly sought after, both in Ireland and abroad, in industries such as:

  • Aerospace: aircraft and spacecraft design, aircraft maintenance, aircraft engine overhaul (Airbus, Lufthansa Airmotive)

  • Automotive: design, manufacturing and testing of cars, buses, trucks, etc, and components used in the auto industry (Ford, GKN)

  • Biomedical: design and manufacture of medical devices and medical equipment (Boston Scientific, Medtronic)

  • Manufacturing: design of consumer products, the manufacturing process and the machinery to manufacture goods (Hewlett Packard, Intel, Dyson)

  • Power generation: design, operation and control of generating machinery (ESB)

  • Product design

  • Maintenance and management of industrial equipment

  • Academic research, industrial research and development work

In these areas

Requirements

Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H4 Mathematics or H4 Applied Mathematics with H5 Mathematics

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level C Mathematics

FETAC Level 5

No Entry Path

Transfer Applications

The engineering schools consider transfer requests based on the performance of the candidate. The overall

set of guidelines which is in use for HETAC/NCEA equivalent qualifications is as follows:

Qualification Possible Point of Entry

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National Certificate First year

(Distinction)

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Higher Certificate/National Certificate First year

(Merit plus Experience)

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National

Diploma (Merit or Better) Second year

Relevant HETAC/NCEA Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National

Diploma (Distinction plus a possible interview) Third year

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here