Bachelor of Engineering in Design and Manufacture

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor of Engineering in Design and Manufacture

Design and Manufacture Engineering covers a range of topics which are directly relevant to solving big real-world problems on a world-class scale.

The vision for Design and Manufacture is to design useful working products, seeing them developed from possibility and concept, through practicalities of manufacture, to real use, and eventual recycling after their life’s end. In common with all UL programs, The Bachelor of Engineering in Design and Manufacture program includes a coop placement, and adheres to traditional educational guidelines of preparation for the profession of engineering.

In choosing to study this program, you will build upon your skills and aptitude for design and analytical work. You will cover a range of subjects including fundamentals of design and production processes, computer-aided design, automation, materials, quality, capacity planning and simulation, costs and sustainability. It follows CDIO principles (Conceive-Designimplement- Operate) including team-based projects and problem-based learning these are important elements of the program in each year.

Admission requirements

Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Chemistry for Engineers
  • Electrical Engineering 1
  • Engineering Computing
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Introduction to Engineering 1
  • Engineering Science 1

Semester 2

  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Engineering Mechanics 1
  • Fluid Mechanics 1
  • Materials 1

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Operations Modelling (ENG)
  • Mechanics of Solid 1
  • Design Methodology
  • Ergonomics Foundation

Semester 4

  • Plant Automation (ENG)
  • Cooperative Education 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 3
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Engineering Mathematics 4
  • Manufacturing Processes 4
  • Product Design and Modelling

Year 3

Semester 5

Cooperative Education 2

Semester 6

  • Engineering Design
  • Product Automation
  • Project Planning and Control
  • Mechanics of Solids 2
  • Manufacturing Information Systems

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Design Project 1
  • Simulation Modelling and Analysis
  • Measurement and Quality Systems (ENG)
  • Experimental Design

Semester 2

  • Design Project 2
  • Design Project 3
  • Engineering Sustainable Products
  • Advanced Manufacturing Systems
  • Engineering Economy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tution fee for 2021/2022:

  • EU Fee: 7,356&euro
  • Non EU Fee: 16,794&euro


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Continuing studies

Students graduating from this degree can undertake the MEng in Mechatronics or many other masters programmes in other disciplines at UL. There are also lots of research opportunities to masters or doctorate level available in the areas of Design and Manufacture. UL has strong, funded research programmes in a number of manufacturing disciplines.

Career paths

A wide range of employers are seeking graduates with these skills, and the skills are highly transferable across many industry sectors from bottling water to making electronic car components to medical devices. Typical job titles indicate this range of employment potential:

  • Design and Manufacturing Engineer
  • New Product Development Engineer
  • Automation engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Supplier development engineer
  • Plant engineer
  • Supply-chain engineer
  • Teacher
  • Engineering Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Marketing engineer

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University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

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