ME Manufacturing Engineering with Add Manufacturing for Full Flex

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

This masters merges manufacturing technical and technological aspects with innovation and entrepreneurship teaching, in the context of the global societal challenges, such as circular economy, industrial innovation and sustainability. It is a double degree programme, coordinated by EIT Manufacturing Master School, between UCD and other universities around Europe i.e. Aalto University, Finland, Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN), France, Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Italy, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble INP), France and and Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria. The first year is spent at UCD (entry university) and the second year is spent at another (exit) university as listed above. Students choose one of three minors offered as part of the programme i.e. Additive Manufacture for Full Flexibility, Zero-Defect Manufacturing for a Circular Economy, and Platforms for digitalized value networks.

Additive Manufacturing for Full Flexibility (AM) is a combination of studying manufacturing science including physics of additive manufacturing processes, mechanical design including exploiting the design freedoms enabled for more customized products and services, and production management including the flexibility enabled for smaller lot production. During the programme students will gain new skills in these areas.

  • In manufacturing science, relevant fields include molten material physics, heat transfer, and deformation.
  • In design engineering, relevant fields are numerical and topological optimization, process physics simulation, new concept generation and design engineering.
  • In production management, relevant fields include logistics, digitalization and quality.

Students learn the latest theoretical knowledge and know how to apply their skills in practical real-life problems. Typical application areas of AM include rapid prototyping, flexible pattern and mold manufacturing, lightweight systems, and flexible manufacturing systems.

See the EIT Manufacturing Master School Website for further details. 

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits.

Preferred bachelors degrees include: BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or equivalent degrees. Other possible BSc degrees: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, or equivalent degrees.

Students MUST have basic competence in engineering design, analysis, production operations, physics and mathematics including calculus, algebra, and mathematical statistics.

The first year is spent at UCD and the second year at another university in a different European countries. ​The following universities provide an exit year (second year):

  • Aalto University (Aalto), Finland
  • Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), Austria
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland

At the end of the EIT Manufacturing Additive Manufacturing for Full Flexibility (AM) programme of 120 ECTS, students will get two degrees from each entry and exit university, according to the following list:

  • Aalto: Diplomi-insinööri, Diplomingenjör, Master of Science (Technology), Decree of the Council of State on University Degrees (1136/2009) – 120 ECTS degree
  • SUPSI: Master of Science (MS) in Engineering, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of southern Switzerland (SUPSI) – 90 ECTS degree
  • TU Wien: Diplomingenieur/ Master of Science – 120 ECTS degree
  • UCD: Master of Engineering (ME) in Manufacturing Engineering – 120 ECTS degree

In addition to the National Accredited degrees, the students receive the EIT Label Certificate, documenting the EIT accreditation and high quality of the programme.

This EIT-Manufacturing Masters programme (UCD ME Manufacturing) aspires to be Europe’s pre-eminent taught programme for graduates seeking to pursue careers in the manufacturing industry.  The unique factors that this programme offers to all students include (i) direct involvement of industry, (ii) hands-on experiential learning through Teaching & Learning Factories, (iii) Fully immersive and transnational experience involving at least two institutions from different countries, (iv) core technology areas combined with structured training in innovation and entrepreneurship, and (v) cross-sectoral involvement from both academia and industry.

  • Have broad knowledge of theories and concepts in production planning, logistics and sustainability, and its disciplinary foundations.  
  • Prove experience in working with methodological knowledge in the area of manufacturing challenges, and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge of multidisciplinary decision support systems for manufacturing.    
  • Be able to critically, independently and creatively participate in strategic work to meet manufacturing-related problems and to be able to relate these measures to sustainable social development.    
  • Be able to implement the gained engineering expertise in additive manufacturing to create new or improved methods, techniques, products, and services in the field.
  • Be able to think beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to find innovative solutions to real-world problems and to come up with new ideas
  • Be able to draw up plans and to make decisions foreseeing future consequences from a scientific, ethical, and societal perspective    
  • Be able to turn innovations in the area into feasible and successful business solutions.    
  • Be able to profitably work in small size teams and contexts by taking into account all relevant elements and showing effective decision-making and leadership abilities

There is strong demand throughout Europe for graduates of manufacturing degree programmes to be better equipped for the marketplace than their predecessors have been. There is strong need for graduates to have direct experience of industry, to have a practical awareness of important developments within the sectors of Europe’s manufacturing industry (e.g., increased digitalisation, demands of Industry 4.0, growth of additive manufacturing and robotics, etc.), to have a greater awareness of innovation & entrepreneurship, combined with an international perspective that is the direct result of personal experiences. The ME Manufacturing Engineering will prepare you for high level technical positions, Innovation roles and business profiles, including the capability to create your own start-up. It will also allow you to create a professional network at national and international level through the several initiatives and the EIT alumni communities.

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The two years programme (120 ECTS) includes an Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Module (30 ECTS) and a Technical Major Module (90 ECTS) structured as follows:

  • 45 ECTS for Host Programme technical courses
  • 15 ECTS for Host Programme AM specialization courses
  • 30 ECTS for the I&E Module courses
  • 30 ECTS for the Master thesis

Students are committed to collect a total of 40-50 ECTS related to the Technical Major and of 10-20 ECTS related to the I&E Module in the first year (60 ECTS total) whereas in the second year they are committed to collect 10-20 ECTS for the Technical Major, 10-20 ECTS for the I&E Module and 30 ECTS for the Master Thesis Project (60 ECTS total). The total of technical courses and specialization courses must be 60 ECTS, within the boundaries above. All Master School education will be held in English and all partner universities are assumed to use ECTS units.

See EIT Manufacturing website for more information

Available financial support is:

  • Tuition fee waivers up to 100%
  • Mobility grant scholarship of EUR 2.000 per 24 months
  • Subsistence costs scholarship up to EUR 9.000 for 12 months – EUR 18.000 for 24 months

Students financial support is provided to a sub-set of enrolled students. No specific request is needed, the EIT Manufacturing Master School will rank applicants and offer scholarships at the time of the students admission. 

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits.

Preferred bachelors degrees include: BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or equivalent degrees. Other possible BSc degrees: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, or equivalent degrees.

Students MUST have basic competence in engineering design, analysis, production operations, physics and mathematics including calculus, algebra, and mathematical statistics.

"This European and intersectoral mobility postgraduate programme is strongly oriented towards innovation and entrepreneurship (30 credits out of the 120 expected over the 2 year duration), including a dedicated summer school which will rotate between university partners. The strong industry component is reinforced by industry projects, the Master thesis and a potential internship. The objective of the Master School is to train the future European leaders in manufacturing, combining digital and technical manufacturing skills to meet the needs of European SMEs and multinationals alike. Students will be delivered a double Master degree after spending one year in two of the seven universities which shaped up this ambitious and prestigious training programme, along with a EIT Manufacturing certificate. UCD will welcome students participating in this programme next September 2022 for the first year of their Master studies. The students will spend their second year at other partner universities."

Dr Pezhman Ghadimi, Programme Director

Students apply through a central application system, managed by EIT Manufacturing. Click here to be taken to the external system and/or click here for full application details. Application deadline: 1 Mar 2022

To apply to the Master School, you are required to upload the following documents.

  • Degree Certificate/Diploma in its original language AND translated into English (If your university does not provide this service, the translation has to be done by an authorized translator and his/her credentials, signature and stamps must be visible in the translated document). In case of on-going studies, a statement certifying that you are in the final year of your studies. The statement must be written by the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled on the final year of your education and giving your expected completion date.
  • Official and stamped transcript of records in original language and translated into English. All courses taken must be included. Please scan the front and back of every document- all stamps and signatures must be fully visible.
  • Proof of English proficiency. Please refer to the ‘Language requirements’ section for more information.
  • Curriculum Vitae including details on your academic and professional career.
  • A letter of motivation in which you prove your innovative potential. Please refer to “Motivation letter” section for more information. The letter can be addressed to the “Selection committee”. How you organize the letter is up to you, but all in all the letter should not be longer than two pages. We recommend that you include a specific motivation letter for each programme of your choice, if you are applying to two programmes.
  • A colour copy of your either National ID (only for EU/EFTA students) or passport