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What will I learn?

This course combines two distinct fields, Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering, to create the foundation for a versatile career.

Mechanical Engineering focuses on the design, manufacture and operation of products that have moving parts. Aircraft, automobiles, more fuel-efficient systems and cheaper electricity all come to mind. Manufacturing Engineering, meanwhile, concentrates on converting materials from one form to another. It's about manufacturing processes and systems, ranging from basic assembly (e.g., car tyres) or high-tech manufacture (jumbo jets).

The programme also prepares you for the challenges of mechanical and manufacturing engineering using the most sophisticated computer techniques and tools.

Completing the course in four years, earns you a Bachelor’s. An optional Year Five could fast-track you to a Master’s in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

About the course

This four-year BEng (Honours) Degree (with the option to complete a fifth year for a Master’s degree) has eight academic themes, each addressing a particular aspect of mechanical and manufacturing engineering:

  • Mathematics and computing
  • Design
  • Professional development
  • Dynamics and control
  • Solid mechanics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Materials
  • Manufacturing processes and sustainable manufacturing systems

The course places a strong emphasis on both academic performance in examinations and continuous assessment throughout the five years.

In Year Three, you will undertake an INTRA industrial work placement for six months. This is usually with a business in Ireland but opportunities arise abroad. In addition, there are some research positions within DCU.


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

  • 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

In these areas

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical Research and Development

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering And Computing

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 17,808) per year
Student Contribution: €3,043 / Annum

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, September 2021


Dublin City University

Glasnevin Campus,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For international students

You can directly enter Year 1 if you have studied in one of the following:

  • GCSE A levels - you must have 4 A levels or 3 A levels + 1 AS level in different subjects from the same year or preceding year only;
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • Or have an equivalent qualification.

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to undergraduate programmes in DCU.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D3
  • GCE A-Level English Language: Grade D
  • IELTS: Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
  • TOEFL: 237 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based test)
  • TOEFL iBT: Total Score of 92
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): C1
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

DCU has been ranked 19th in the world and first in Ireland for its graduate employment rate, according to the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • International students make up 20% of the student population
  • Ranked as one of the world’s top young universities
  • Based in Dublin, one of the friendliest cities in the world
  • Five faculties offering 80 dynamic programmes