School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering

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CAO Code:
DC194
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points
476
Duration
Four Years
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Introduction

Transitioning to zero carbon is one of the biggest challenges faced by humanity. Our planet is in dire need of solutions for the environmental challenges we face and many of those solutions will be rooted in mechanical engineering. To truly address these global challenges, an engineer must be able to take a holistic view, both to tackle climate-related challenges directly, but also to make wider engineering choices around design, materials and resources with the environment in mind. 

If you care deeply about the environment, but would also like to finish university as a mechanical engineer with additional skills in sustainability, this is the perfect course for you.

 

Truly sustainable engineering 

While this programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in sustainability, it also provides rigorous engineering training and will be accredited by Engineers Ireland. It also encompasses extensive learning around climate and sustainability issues. Many projects will look to tackle issues related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, for example. 

Industry partners will be involved throughout, lending their expertise and advice to reviewing module content, mentoring you and setting assessments. 

 

Balancing theory and practice

Already committed to innovative teaching and learning methods, the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has sought to evolve that approach with this future-focused course. The programme has been designed to offer a strong balance of practical engineering experience and theory. 

You will learn through immersive challenge-based learning, for example, while also using new technologies to engage in online tutorials and collaborative peer learning. You’ll also get plenty of hands-on experience in building and making mechanical systems in DCU’s cutting-edge engineering labs.  

 

Engineering a better future 

This programme has been carefully planned to ensure it produces industry-ready graduates who are prepared to tackle some of the huge challenges thrown up by climate change, while also being mindful of the environmental impact of any engineering work they do. 

Industry partners are keen to share with students the breadth of potential roles for which they would be suited while they also play an active role in creating and developing the course material and will join in workshops, challenge-based learning and other aspects of the course.

Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering: Areas of learning

  • Energy systems: power systems, buildings, transport
  • Thermofluid sciences
  • Water and waste management
  • Environmental standards and risk 
  • Process design and modelling
  • Energy management
  • Mathematics and computing
  • Mechanics and mechanics of materials
  • Sustainable design and manufacture
  • Project management and professional development

 

Skill set for world-saving

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Leadership and management
  • Project and quality management
  • Professional development
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Fostering diversity and inclusivity
View the current course structure

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.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U. The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUFM. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

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.

A breadth of career options

There is huge demand for well-rounded mechanical engineers with a finely-tuned understanding of environmental standards and issues. As a graduate you will find employment not only in sectors such as transport and energy, but also across multiple sectors such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and semiconductors, in utilities, and in other design and manufacturing businesses where engineers are needed to design and maintain complex mechanical systems that are truly sustainable. 

 

Typical roles would include mechanical engineering roles such as: 

  • Process engineer
  • Sustainability engineer
  • Sustainable industrial designer
  • Renewable energy engineer
  • Energy audit engineer
  • Project manager
  • Energy analyst

“This programme is industry-relevant, but it’s not just designed for industry. It also considers the global challenges we face, and how we can seek to tackle them in a holistic way. Solving these problems is about more than throwing engineering solutions at them. It’s about understanding the root cause and the societal issues as well as the technical analysis.” - Dr Lorna Fitzsimons, Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, DCU and programme chair BEng in Sustainable Systems and Energy

 

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

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

Leaving Cert

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

FET Level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

 

EU 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 equivalent qualifications is as follows:

Qualification Possible Point of Entry

Relevant Higher Certificate/National Certificate

First year (Distinction)
Relevant Higher Certificate/National Certificate  First year (Merit plus Experience)

Relevant Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma

Second year

(Merit or Better)

Relevant Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma Third year (Distinction plus a possible interview)

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

 

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.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

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

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie
 

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

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.