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Mechanical Engineering (General Entry) / Innealtóireacht Mheicniúil

Course Title: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Automation/Biomedical Design/Mechanical Engineering

2023 CAO Points: 321

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of




2 H5's

Minimum Grade in


Three subjects including English


O6/H7 for English/Irish

QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award

Essential Component Awards:
Three Distinctions one of which must be C20138 or C20174 or C20175 or 5N1833 or 5N18396 or 5N0556 or 6N3395 or B20029 or 5N2066 or C20139 or 4N2138 or N33029 or 5N16654 or O4/H7 in LC Maths

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.0 overall (or equivalent).

Students choosing the Level 8 General Engineering course will have the option in Year 1 to choose between Mechanical, Biomedical and Automation Engineering. They are still the same well known and highly commended courses offered in previous years. We have combined the first few modules to give students more time to choose their specialisation.

Engineers are in extremely high demand right now in Ireland and globally with exponential growth in job opportunities, especially in the Mechanical, Automation and Biomedical sector.

With such rapid advances in technologies in the healthcare and medical devices sector, robotics, pharmaceutical, automotive, food and beverage industries, graduates of these three courses will be at the forefront of new technologies to help improve our quality of life through new innovative designs.

This level 8 course takes 4 years to complete and we ensure that additional tutorials are available for any students who may require additional academic support. The three Engineering disciplines pride themselves on graduating students who are industry-ready after 4 years.

Students experience innovative teaching in modern laboratories and lectures. They can visit engineering companies, travel abroad for a semester or year to our partner Universities in France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, China or seek work placements through our close links with engineering companies and past graduates in industry.

Engineering graduates are trained to be creative and inventive, and to solve difficult problems such as the development of new technologies from jet engines to robots to artificial hip implants to hybrid cars and train components.

Professional Accreditation

Engineers Ireland have accredited our courses for over 25 years now which means that graduates can travel worldwide and have their qualifications recognised abroad.

Mechanical Engineers work at the leading edge of projects such as augmented reality, driverless cars, renewable energy sources and biocompatible materials for medical devices. In this four-year course, you’ll study subjects such as engineering graphics, mechanical science, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, materials science, machine dynamics and robotic systems. You’ll learn about engineering analysis, design and manufacture, and be trained in the use of complex equipment (computers, medical devices, robots, various consumer products). In our laboratories, you’ll face real-world issues and you’ll learn the language of engineers and begin to think like an engineer.  

Automation Engineers are closely linked to mechanical and software engineers. They automate solutions to physical activities to create faster and more efficient ways of doing things. They automate systems in airports, ferry ports, rail systems and in almost every manufacturing plant through use of vision systems, robotics, sensor measurement and control. With advances in network communications they can often control manufacturing plants remotely. 

Biomedical Design Engineers develop technologies to save people’s lives and to improve health. They design products such as stents, ventilators, diabetes monitors, incubators, artificial joints and limbs. 300 medical technology companies are based in Ireland employing over 25,000 people. Biomedical design engineers are the link between the technology and the medical profession. Students study human anatomy, medical imaging, regulatory affairs, device design alongside core engineering modules.

In your final year of all engineering courses, you will carry out a major design project, which will develop your problem-solving, design, project management and communication skills, a key skill that employers require. The final year project is a culmination of your 4 years of study and is a great opportunity for students to work in an area of particular interest.

Our past graduate engineers are working in exciting roles in Intel, Aer Lingus, Boeing, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Kerry Foods, Coca Cola, BMW, Siemens, Boston Scientific, Amazon, EY, Jones Engineering, Abbvie, Johnson & Johnson, Google and Microsoft.

Many graduates also work in medical device companies, hospitals, design companies, power plants and the energy sector. Our graduates often progress to project management roles and senior management within 7 years of graduating.

Please note, there is no advanced entry to this course.

Mechanical Engineering
The site visits and engineers from industry inspired me to continue on with my studies and after only 4 years I graduated with an Engineers Ireland Accredited B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.

Biomedical Design Engineering
After graduating from TU Dublin, Tallaght, I was extremely happy to achieve a place on the Boston Scientific accelerated graduate development programme working on designing new products for medical use. It’s great to put the skills that I learned in TU Dublin Tallaght to the test and also develop many new skills such as planning, communications and leadership.

Automation Engineering
With rapid advances in big data, artificial intelligence and faster mobile communications, employers need  the skills of Automation Engineering graduates who can design systems to think big and react fast.

Many graduates join Graduate Placement Programmes in industry immediately after graduation, others progress to Masters or PhD research or in some cases use their innovative skills to set up their own engineering companies. The opportunities are endless.

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Level 8


Bachelor Engineering (Honours)


4 years

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