Master of Engineering in Applied Materials

  • Master of Engineering in Applied Materials
  • NFQ Level 9
  • For full details, go to the Admissions - Postgraduate section
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  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Carlow
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Applied Materials (NFQ Level 9 - 60 credits)
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


The Master of Engineering in Applied Materials will provide learners with the expertise, tools and techniques essential to material characterisation, simulated design, failure analysis, and applied materials selection.

This programme focuses on the formulation of new solutions, principles, and methods to illustrate and evaluate the failure of mechanical components, identify functional deficiencies, and formulate design solutions. Learners will experience materials from an atomic level to component response simulation, using appropriate software-based formats. They will learn to synergise modern post-processing methods and advanced manufacturing techniques, as applied to a range of high-performance challenges including Advanced Manufacturing of embedded technologies for aerospace applications, surfaceresponsive technologies for smart water and wastewater infrastructure, and environmentally responsive bulk materials to replace unsustainable single-use plastics and films.

The programme will develop the skillsets required to solve advanced design problems and to provide critical raw material support in several industrial fields, including smart manufacturing, pharmaceutical, built environment, and aerospace.

What subjects will I study?

  • Materials Science in Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis I & II
  • Design Driven Innovation
  • Materials in Processing and Industry 4.0
  • Applied Mechanics of Materials
  • Research Methods for Engineering
  • Innovation for Sustainable Enterprise
  • Dissertation (Engineering)
  • Work-based Project
  • Professional Development

Special Features

There is a strong focus on hands-on research with access to industry standard equipment, including static/dynamic UTMs, advanced microscopy tools (3D, dark field), and bespoke environmental test chambers.

Entry Requirements

Graduates with a minimum for 2.2 honours in a Level 8 degree such as Mechanical/Materials Science/Aerospace/ Aeronautical /Aircraft Engineering or equivalent programme.


Graduates with a Level 7 Distinction award in Mechanical/ Materials Science/Aerospace/Aeronautical/Aircraft or equivalent programme with a minimum 2 years relevant post qualification experience.


EU and International graduates whose qualifications which are in line with the Bologna agreement or the international NARIC system for Level 8 comparison.

International learners must have an English Language score of 6.0 ILETS or a Duolingo score of 100.


Study & Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will acquire the skills to design, and conduct experiments and apply a range of standard and specialised research tools and techniques of enquiry. They will also have the expertise to develop and build appropriate finite element models to solve complex engineering problems with respect to the predicted life of a material in service.

Successful graduates of this programme may apply to undertake a PhD at SETU Carlow or other third-level institutions.

Potential employment opportunities include:

  • Materials Scientist
  • Design Engineer/Manager
  • Failure Analysis Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Critical Resource Management (CRM) Consultant
  • Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing
  • Computer and electronic product manufacturing
  • Engineering services.

Course Codes & Fees

Enquiries to the Admissions or International Office (

Course Code Course Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
SE71E Master of Engineering in Applied Materials Carlow Full-time €8,700 Go to the postgraduate applications section for full details on all courses below
SE71F Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Applied Materials Carlow Full-time €6,500   

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings.
  2. Check out all of the relevant entry requirements, course code, closing dates and application instructions on the Admissions section of the website.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants may refer to the International section of the website for further details or email:


Dr David Culliton
BEng, PhD, MA Ed, PMP

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
P: 00353-59-9175205