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UCC Postgraduate courses

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

Course Fact File
Duration1 Year Full-time
Teaching ModeFull-time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Closing DateRolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised
Non-EU Closing DateOpen until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.
Start Date9 September 2024

Course Outline

Our Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process & Automation Systems) programme is offered by UCC  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.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

  • Part I: 20 credits of core modules and 40 credits of elective modules.*
  • Part II: Dissertation in Mechanical Engineering, to the value of 30 credits, completed over the summer months.

*Note 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.


Core Modules

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

Elective Modules

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 (all 5 credits)

  • ME6002 CAD/CAM 
  • ME6006 Non-Destructive Testing 
  • ME6007 Mechanical Systems 
  • ME6008 Robotics 
  • ME6012 Advanced Robotics*
  • CE6024 Finite Element Analysis 
  • EE4012 Biomedical Design 
  • EE6061 Industrial Automation and Control
  • CS6506 Programming in Python
  • CS6507 Programming in Python with Data Science Applications*
  • NE6015 Data Analytics for Engineering

Group B (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 
  • EE6046 Introduction to Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS)


  • ME6020 Dissertation in Mechanical Engineering (30 credits)


  • Students wishing to take CS6507 (Programming in Python with Data Science Applications) must also take CS6506 (Programming in Python).
  • Students wishing to take ME6012 (Advanced Robotics) must also take ME6008 (Robotics).

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

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.


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.

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 will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process & 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 & Automation Systems).

Why Choose This Course

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

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between disciplines such as engineering, management, and technology.

Available Scholarships

We support our postgraduate community by offering scholarships and bursaries to prospective and current students. Please see the SEFS Scholarships and Funding PG page for more information.

Skills and Careers Information

In response to the 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. 


  • 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. 

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


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

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

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

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.

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