MEngSc Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The development and deployment of robotic as well as smart manufacturing technologies have become very important for a significant number of industrial sectors in Ireland and the rest of the world, including biomedical, pharmaceutical, agricultural as well as electronics manufacturing companies.

The main barrier towards implementing modern, smart automation technologies in standard manufacturing practices is the lack of skills of automation experts in the areas of robotics and digital manufacturing. In Ireland, this is manifested in the difficulty Irish robotic and system integration companies have in recruiting engineers who can be readily involved in today’s complex automation cell and line building projects. This is also reflected on the average salary of automation experts, which is among the highest in the country. The main goal of this programme is to produce experts with sufficient scientific and practical skills in the areas of robotics and smart manufacturing.

This programme is delivered by a highly research-intensive school, which is in the top 150 in the QS world subject rankings. An example of this research activity is the coordination of the 2.23-million-euro Horizon Europe iCircular3 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions project, with one of its main research goals being to take advantage of circular economy principles for improving the efficiency as well as for extending the lifecycle of industrial robots.

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.

Individual Modules:
For students that are not in a position to take on the full programme a number of the modules on this programme can be taken individually via the Advance Centre  catalogue. Most modules are online so that you can fit study around your work and life.

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Careers & Employability

At this point of time there is a quite significant lack of automation scientists and engineers in the Irish job market. The prospectives for the programme graduates are excellent. Leading automation companies, such as KUKA Ireland and, as well as biomedical manufacturing companies, such as STRYKER and Boston Scientific, are continuously looking for automation experts in the Irish job market.

  • KUKA Robotics Ireland Ltd
  • Tricon Automation Ireland Ltd
  • DesignPro Automation Ltd
  • Eiratech Robotics
  • Robotics and Drives
  • ATA Group
  • Irish Manufacturing Research
  • Reliance Automation

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

  • Knowledge and understanding: The programme will offer multiple sources of knowledge in the areas of robotics and manufacturing.
  • Applying knowledge and understanding: The programme will be including a series of advanced labs and projects thus allowing students to take advantage of modern equipment and apply their knowledge to complex engineering applications.
  • Making judgements: Students will have a lot of opportunities to decide about which resources, processes, potential process / resource configurations may be used in specific applications.
  • Communication and working skills: Students will have multiple opportunities to present their work, work as part of multi-disciplinary teams, communicate with engineering or manufacturing firms and improve their working skills.
  • Learning skills: Students will have the chance to further develop their learning skills and prepare for lifelong learning. On top of the multiple learning sources, they will be using during the programme, they will also be talking part in a real engineering research project thus applying standard and specialised research methods.

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The programme is a full-time, one-year 90 credit masters. Overall, the programme offers:

  • 60 credits of focused technology and engineering management taught modules, and a
  • 30 credit Applied Robotics Research Project in collaboration with leading engineering and manufacturing companies in Ireland.
  • A number of modules are expected to include live presentations, which will be delivered by Irish and European industrial experts in the areas of robotics and automation.

Autumn Trimester (5 cr. each, 30 cr. overall)

Spring Trimester (5 cr. each, 30 cr. overall)

Summer Project (30 cr.)

C Applied Robotics Research Project

C: Core, O: Option, L: includes Lab sessions

MEngSc Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing (T405) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9600
nonEU    fee per year - € 25000

***Fees are subject to change

  • An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering or Science programme.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • A detailed explanation of the student’s interest in the programme must be provided.
  • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested in the future.

Brian Cooney 
CEO – KUKA Robotics Ireland

KUKA Robotics Ireland Ltd to fully supports the new UCD Masters Programme - MEngSc Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing.  

KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around EUR 4.0 billion and around 15,000 employees. As a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions KUKA offers its customers everything from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, general industry, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare. The KUKA Group is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany.

KUKA Robotics Ireland is located in Dundalk Ireland and is a wholly owned subsidiary responsible for sales, service, training and application engineering.

There are a lot of Irish companies that seek engineers and scientists with a strong foundation in robotics, automation and intelligent manufacturing technologies.

Hundreds of robotics and automation engineering jobs are currently available in Ireland mainly in sectors like pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food processing and discrete manufacturing.

Engineers and scientists with a strong background in robotics and automation are among the best paid practitioners and when employed they are typically involved in many challenging large-scale projects, developing state-of-the-art solutions for leading corporations and organisations. They typically progress to senior roles and management positions quite fast.

This Masters Programme offers the necessary skills to engineers and scientists that will allow them to enjoy a dynamic and rewarding career path in a technology area that will be becoming increasingly important in the future.


Dr Nikolaos Papakostas, Programme Director

A significant part of today’s major economic activities, including manufacturing, construction, logistics, and transportation are being transformed by robotics, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence platforms. It is expected that robots, automation, and intelligent technologies will constitute the foundation underlying all future scientific and engineering projects.

The MEngSc programme provides students with an understanding of the tools that are required for designing and deploying novel production and business environments. These tools include digital manufacturing, simulation, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence software, industrial, collaborative, and mobile robots, advanced sensors, and smart devices. Graduates will be capable of getting involved in advanced robotics and smart automation projects.

The College of Engineering and Architecture has invested more than 1 million EUR over the last years on robotics, smart automation, and digital manufacturing technologies. The available equipment, which will be used in a number of lab and training workshops include state-of-the-art industrial and collaborative robots, as well as autonomous industrial / logistics mobile robotic platforms, advanced sensors, and digital manufacturing / simulation software.

The following entry routes are available:

MEngSc Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing FT (T405)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised