About This Course
Engineering - Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems)
1 year Full-time
EU Fees 2021
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Non-EU Fees 2021
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Currently open for late EU applications
Non-EU Closing Date
Extended until 31 July 2021
13 September 2021
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
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.
- 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
- ME6020 Dissertation in Mechanical Engineering (30 credits)
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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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. 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:
- Dr S. Merrille de Almeida
- Dr Padraig Cantillon-Murphy
- Dr Guangbo Hao
- Dr Richard Kavanagh
- Dr William Wright
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at email@example.com .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
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- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
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4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
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