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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, surface responsive 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 skill sets 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.