UCC Postgraduate courses

Engineering - Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Engineering - Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems)

  • Code

    MENMEC

  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    MEngSc

  • EU Fees 2021

    €6,630
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021

    €22,130

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Currently open for late EU applications

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Extended until 31 July 2021

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

This course is offered in response to sustained international demand for highly skilled graduates in mechanical engineering for manufacturing and process engineering industries. On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • show a thorough understanding of the principles and theoretical bases of modern manufacturing techniques, automation, and production processes
  • identify appropriate manufacturing systems for different production requirements and analyse their performance
  • apply appropriate technology, quality tools and manufacturing methodology to design, re-design and continuously improve the manufacturing operations of engineering companies
  • plan, research, execute and oversee experiments and research projects, critically analyse and interpret data, and effectively disseminate results
  • work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, be self-motivated, able to work independently and demonstrate leadership

Programme Requirements

Students take 90 credits as follows:

  • In Part I, students must take 20 credits of core modules and select 40 credits of elective modules.
  • Part II consists of a dissertation in Mechanical Engineering to the value of 30 credits, which is completed over the summer months.

Modules in Part I are offered subject to availability. Alternative modules may be offered. The choice of modules is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

PART I

Core Modules

  • ME6019 Preliminary Research Project (10 credits)
  • MG6021 Operations Management (5 credits)
  • MG6315 Project Management (5 credits)

Students must select a total of 40 credits of elective modules from Group A and Group B, with not less than 25 credits from Group A, the balance of credits from Group B, and with no more than 30 credits of elective modules selected in any single Semester:

Group A elective modules (all 5 credits):

  • ME6002 CAD/CAM 
  • ME6006 Non-Destructive Testing 
  • ME6007 Mechanical Systems 
  • ME6008 Robotics 
  • ME6009 Industrial Automation and Control
  • ME6012 Advanced Robotics 
  • CE6024 Finite Element Analysis 
  • EE4012 Biomedical Design 

Group B elective modules (all 5 credits):

  • PE6009 Pharmaceutical Engineering 
  • PE6002 Optimisation and Continuous Process Improvement 
  • PE6003 Process Validation and Quality 
  • PE6007 Mechanical Design of Process Equipment 
  • CE3010 Energy in Buildings 
  • CE4016 Energy Systems in Buildings 

PART II

  • ME6020 Dissertation in Mechanical Engineering (30 credits)

Full details may be found in the College Calendar. Module descriptions may be found in the Book of Modules

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Each module typically consists of 24 lectures, 12 hours of continuous assessment, plus additional supplemental reading and study, carried out over one of two 12-week semesters from September to December (Semester 1), or January to March (Semester 2). The exact workload in each teaching period will depend on the choice of modules. In addition, a substantial weekly commitment to the project module ME6019 is expected over both semesters.

Assessment

Individual modules have different methods of assessment but this typically consists of a single end-of-semester examination in December or April/May, plus continuous assessment throughout the relevant semester. This continuous assessment may consist of a combination of in-class tests, formal laboratories or practicals, design exercises, project work, written reports and presentations. Any repeat examinations are held in August.

Students who pass but fail to achieve an average mark of at least 50% across the taught modules excluding the Preliminary Research Project (ME6019) or do not achieve a mark of at least 50% in the Preliminary Research Project (ME6019) will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems). Candidates passing Part I of the programme who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems).

Who teaches this course?

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCC:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCC:

Department of Process and Chemical Engineering, UCC:

You can find further details about the above online using UCC's research profiles.

Why Choose This Course

This is the only broad-based masters degree in manufacturing and automation in Ireland.

Skills and Careers Information

In response to increasing demand for highly skilled graduates in the field of mechanical engineering applied to the manufacturing and pharma-chem industries, this course will produce mechanical engineering postgraduates who are proficient in the development and realisation of modern manufacturing, process and automation systems. This is achieved through developing an understanding of the concepts of manufacturing systems, and the skills to analyse, design and implement manufacturing systems in practice. This is combined with an understanding of process automation and operational management. The course will equip you with an-up-to date knowledge of manufacturing techniques and processes.

Requirements

  • Candidates must have a minimum Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in mechanical engineering or a closely related engineering discipline that should have covered mechanical engineering fundamentals such as mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and materials. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,630.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €22,130.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Extended until 31 July 2021

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