School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Access Course for the MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Programme

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This Access Course is for Honours students whose primary degree is not in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, but who wish to join the MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing programme. It is a bridge between your existing knowledge and the knowledge you need to enter one of these courses. It is a one-year, part-time course.

Students on the Masters Access Programme may transfer onto the Masters programme, subject to the transfer requirements. Find out more about our MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering here.

About this course

The aim of this course is:

  • To provide relevant fundamental Mechanical and Manufacturing knowledge in preparation for the MEng programme.
  • To be a skills conversion programme.
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Why choose this course?

  • You can study part-time and remotely for maximum flexibility.
  • It offers an opportunity to change your career path.
  • It is a unique programme not available anywhere else in Ireland.


Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 


Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.


Campus life

Among the student facilities in DCU are a sports complex with a 25 metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

In 2018, a purpose-built state-of-the-art new student centre - The U - was opened. This centre serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500 and is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.


Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.




The Access programme offers an entry route to the Postgraduate programmes in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, which opens up many opportunities to its graduates.

Some students have launched a new career in design and manufacturing, often based on new skills they have developed and nurtured during the Masters project. Part-time students have found that their career progression has been more rapid, or that new roles have opened up with their employers. Others have progressed to PhD research and gained further advancement and recognition.

In a competitive time for positions, the extra qualifications provided by this programme are a valuable addition to your CV.

Find out more about our MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering here.


The normal entry requirements for the Access Course are:

• A level 8 (NFQ level 8 qualification) Honours degree in a Science/Technology based degree (Applied Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, etc.),  


• A level 8 (NFQ level 8 qualification) Honours degree in other areas of Engineering (Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, etc.) 

• Both cases are subject to an interview if deemed necessary by the Chair of the Programme or Head of School.

• Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applicants are required to submit a cover letter along with their application under the Transcripts section of the portal, affirming their intent to apply for RPL. For more information on RPL see here

• 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 

This programme is not available to non-EU students


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Next Steps

To apply for this programme:

All applicants should apply here.  

Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application

Applications Require:

• Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study

• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

• This programme is not available to non-EU students.

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or:

For September 2024 intake:

  • Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2024

Application Queries

For EU applicant queries, please visit or email

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2024.