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Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Course Details

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NFQ Level:
8 - Please see for further information
Delivery Modes
Minimum Points
4 yr
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Can you imagine designing and building a better electric vehicle, jet engine or wind turbine? Maybe you’ve figured out a way to improve inhalers or door handles. If you’re fascinated by how things work and are made, enjoy getting caught up in the details, and thrive as part of a team, choose Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.


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Understand how the world works
Our students take things apart, figure out how they work and how to fix or improve them, then put them back together again. You’ll get to use 3D printers and other advanced tools in DCU’s state-of-the-art labs, while also absorbing engineering theory. It is at heart a maths-based course, but you’ll also gain extensive skills and knowledge in engineering mechanics, computer simulation and analysis, design and manufacture, and project management.

In third year, you’ll do an eight-month work placement in industry and you also have the opportunity to study abroad. And you can extend your undergraduate BEng programme by a year to complete a masters degree.

Work around the world 
As this degree is fully accredited and accepted globally, you can work anywhere as an engineer, in roles that are typically well paid. You can select this course as a direct CAO option, which is typically recommended, or you can move into it after completing the common first year in engineering.

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Careers & Further Options

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Engineers Ireland
Our Engineering degree programmes have international recognition through agreements with Engineers Ireland. This enables graduates to practice as professional engineers in many countries, both in the EU and in the signatory countries to the Washington Accord.

Current signatories to the Washington Accord include: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland (Engineers Ireland), Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, The UK & The USA.

Integrated Masters

This course also includes the option to study an integrated masters. The integrated masters provides students with the option to do one additional year of their studies, lengthen their INTRA work experience placement, and graduate with a master’s degree.

As a DCU graduate, you’ll be highly sought after, both in Ireland and abroad, in industries such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical Research and Development
Aerospace: aircraft and spacecraft design, aircraft maintenance, aircraft engine overhaul (Airbus, Lufthansa Airmotive)
Automotive: design, manufacturing and testing of cars, buses, trucks, etc, and components used in the auto industry (Ford, GKN)
Biomedical: design and manufacture of medical devices and medical equipment (Boston Scientific, Medtronic)
Manufacturing: design of consumer products, the manufacturing process and the machinery to manufacture goods (Hewlett Packard, Intel, Dyson)
Power generation: design, operation and control of generating machinery (ESB)
Product design
Maintenance and management of industrial equipment
Academic research, industrial research and development work

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path." 

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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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

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply - GCE A Level C Mathematics

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


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Applicants that have completed at least one year of study at NFQ Level 7 or 8 at another institution may apply to continue their studies on a similar programme at DCU. There should be substantial overlap in content between the two programmes to be considered for a transfer. Results and other supporting documentation must be submitted to CAO by the closing date of 1st July. This is a competitive application process for a small quota of advanced entry places. Offers are made on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Early application is advised. Please note: Applicants should also consider applying through the appropriate route for first year entry to the programme they are interested in. This application process is only for advanced entry.

Additional Criteria

Priority will be given to applicants with performance above the levels indicated and to applicants who demonstrate a high level of competency in mathematics/applied mathematics. An interview may be required. 

For applicants holding a compatible Level 7 qualification or equivalent, the minimum standards for application are: 

Second Year: Minimum Second Class Honours or equivalent. 

Third Year: Minimum First Class Honours or equivalent. 

Applicants currently completing a compatible Level 8 programme in another HEI can apply for entry into Second Year if they meet one of the following conditions: 

- Successful completion of 1 year of a highly compatible Level 8 programme achieving a minimum of Second Class Honours (or equivalent grade) 


- Successful completion of 2 years of a compatible Level 8 programme in another HEI achieving a minimum Second Class Honours (or equivalent grade). 

Applicants currently completing a compatible Level 8 programme in another HEI can apply for entry into Third Year if they meet one of the following conditions: - Successful completion of 2 years of a highly compatible Level 8 programme achieving a minimum Second Class Honours (or equivalent grade) 


- Successful completion of 3 years of a compatible Level 8 programme in another HEI achieving a minimum Second Class Honours (or equivalent grade).

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. Click here for further information on international applications.

Course Structure

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  • Professional Development
  • Technical Drawing
  • Software Development
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Electronics
  • Numerical Problem Solving
  • Materials Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Basic Sciences for Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Mechanics of Machines
  • Thermodynamics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Design and Solid Modelling
  • Thermofluid Mechanics
  • Pneumatics
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Engineering Computation
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Mechanics of Machines
  • Signal Processing
  • Project & Quality Management
  • Product Design
  • Fundamentals of Control
  • Manufacturing 5
  • Product Development
  • Data Analytics
  • Intra Work Placement (6 - 10 months)
  • System Simulation
  • Materials & Manufacturing Processes
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Robotics
  • Research Methods
  • 4th Year Project



For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.


In principle, the normal entry requirements are applied to our programmes. This means that where an applicant does not have the required level in maths (Minimum of H4 Mathematics or H4 Applied Mathematics with H5 Mathematics) we expect that the applicant will have evidence of engagement with a maths programme in recent years to raise their mathematical ability. Otherwise we have to reject the application as the content of the programmes requires this for success. 

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 6th of November.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

Life On Campus

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I am interested in studying Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, but I am not sure. If I go into common Entry Engineering, am I guaranteed to get my favourite discipline at the end of first year?

To date, we have had sufficient places in all of our programmes to be able to accommodate all students on their preferred programmes. If this isn't possible we will allocate students their 2nd choice. However, If you know you are interested in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering you should apply for Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering as your first choice on the CAO to guarantee your place on the programme in second year (should there be too many students who choose Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering). 

If you choose  Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering as your first choice on the CAO and after year one you feel it is not for you, you can move into one of the other engineering courses.  

All of our Engineering courses are 4-year programmes. It is also worth noting that we have an integrated 5th-year option. Our integrated degree allows students to lengthen their paid work experience, complete one final year project and graduate with a masters degree (a necessary requirement to become a chartered engineer). Students can transfer into our 5-year programme in year 3. 


I am interested in a career in sustainability. Does DCU offer any engineering modules in sustainability?

There are a number of modules in first year and second year where sustainability and energy systems are introduced and discussed. Our INTRA work placement gives students the option to apply for a period of work with companies in the sustainability, energy and transport areas. Students in their final year can develop their thesis in sustainability, energy and transport areas. 

DCU also offers a BEng in Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering for students who care deeply about the environment, but would also like to finish university as a mechanical engineer with additional skills in sustainability


Do you have any Civil Engineering courses?

DCU do not offer Civil Engineering courses here in DCU. DCU offers Mechatronic Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering and Global Challenges

Students will learn about materials and material properties that are used in the construction of many products including buildings, bridges, vehicles, electronics, implants, etc.


How many hours a week would you generally spend in lectures for the Engineering courses?

The Engineering programmes are busy and focused. Our students spend 25 - 35 hours a week on the Glasnevin campus (Monday – Friday) attending a combination of lectures, lab work and tutorials and working on their projects.


I am interested in studying Engineering and was wondering which courses have a work placement module?

All of our Engineering courses have a paid work placement of at least 6 months (10 months if you are doing the five-year integrated master's degree). 

Work placement commences in third year and constitutes an important part of the programme of study. You will liaise with our INTRA office to organise a suitable placement for you that fits within the programme you are studying. In the past, many students have been hired by their work placement companies after they have graduated.  It is a wonderful learning experience and gives students the opportunity to put their learning into practice.  


I don’t study Engineering for the Leaving Cert, would this put me at a disadvantage to the other people in the course?

No, you do not need engineering for the Leaving Cert and you will not be at any disadvantage. Any skills from the Leaving Cert engineering course that are required on the programme will be covered in the first year.


Is the Maths in Engineering similar to the Maths for higher level Leaving Cert?

First-year Maths builds on Leaving Cert higher level Maths and then more advanced topics are covered in subsequent years. That said, you will have degree options available to you with different levels of Maths content, so you can choose whatever suits you best.  

DCU has a Maths Learning Centre on campus for those students who need help working through mathematical problems; it is free of charge and provides great support to students struggling with this subject.