ME Mfg Eng with Data Science & AI for Competitive Manufacturing

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

This Master's merges manufacturing technical and technological aspects with innovation and entrepreneurship teaching, in the context of 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, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble INP), France, University of Trento (UNITN), Italy 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 four majors offered as part of the programme i.e.

  • Additive manufacturing for Full Flexibility,
  • Zero-Defect Manufacturing for a Circular Economy,
  • Digital Manufacturing for Innovative Ecosystems
  • Data Science and AI for Competitive Manufacturing.

Module Information: 
Under the "What modules can I take?" section below you will see general module information, for a more detailed description including module selection rules click here.

See the EIT Manufacturing Master School Website for further details.

This is an EIT Labelled programme


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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 hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university with a minimum 2:1 degree GPA. B.Sc, in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology or Industrial Engineering, depending on the major that the applicant wants to pursue.

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):

  • Università di Trento (UNITN), Italy
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland
  • École Centrale de Nantes (ECN), France.

At the end of the EIT ME in Data Science & AI for Competitive Manufacturing programme of 120 ECTS, students will get two degrees from each entry and exit university, according to the following list:

  • SUPSI: Master of Science (MS) in Engineering, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) – 90 ECTS degree
  • UNITN: Master of Science in Computer Science – 120 ECTS degree
  • ECN: Master of Science, Technology and Health, specialisation in Industrial Engineering - 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

  1. direct involvement of industry,
  2. hands-on experiential learning through Teaching & Learning Factories,
  3. Fully immersive and transnational experience involving at least two institutions from different countries,
  4. core technology areas combined with structured training in innovation and entrepreneurship,
  5. cross-sectoral involvement from both academia and industry.

Data Science and AI for Competitive Manufacturing is a combination of manufacturing science and Information and communication technology including the usage and adoption of advanced digital solutions and platforms. During the programme, students will gain new skills in relevant fields including modelling and simulation of production systems, manufacturing engineering, service and system engineering, machine learning and data mining.

A student who graduates from the ME Manufacturing Engineering with “Data Science and AI for Competitive Manufacturing” major shall: 

  • have broad knowledge of theories and concepts in information system management, digital monitoring, digital security.
  • be able to implement the gained expertise in data science and AI to create new or improved digital manufacturing systems and services;
  • 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 think beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to find innovative solutions to real-world problems and to come up with new ideas applicable to Data science, AI and manufacturing; 
  • 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 a strong need for graduates to have direct experience in 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 manufacturing data analytics, 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 the national and international level through 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 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.

Tuition fees for EU/EFTA citizens: € 8,000 per year 
Tuition fees for Non-EU/EFTA citizens: € 15,000 per year
For more information regarding available financial support please refer to Apply online! - EIT Manufacturing

Dr Pezhman Ghadimi, Programme Director

This European and intersectoral mobility postgraduate programme is strongly oriented towards innovation and entrepreneurship. The strong industry component is reinforced by industry projects, the Industrial Master thesis and a potential internship (self-secured). The objective of the Master School is to train 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 this ambitious and prestigious training programme, along with an EIT Manufacturing certificate. UCD will welcome students participating in this programme next September 2023 for the first year of their Master's studies. The students will spend their second year at other partner universities.

Applications are made through the EITM Master School applications portal 

For more details regarding the application deadline please refer to Apply online! - EIT Manufacturing

All requirements, requested documents and universities/technical majors offered are available on the EIT Manufacturing Master School website