Entrance requirements for B.E. programs in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at UL
There are at least FIVE ways to join the BE courses:
- From school, through the CAO, into Year 1
- As a Mature Student, by direct application, into Year 1 or above
- As a transferee from another National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 8 degree course in a similar field either at UL or elsewhere
- As a transferee into year 2 of the programme (usually), for students who have undertaken two years of a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 7 degree programme, or equivalent
- As a transferee into year 3 of the program (usually), for students with an National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 7 degree, or equivalent
1. Students entering from School
The rules for students in category 1 are quite strict and a points system based on Leaving Certificate results gives priority to students with the better performance.
At this time these requirements are:
- Leaving Certificate (or approved equivalent ) with at least:
- Grade C3 in Higher Level Maths
- Grade C3 in another Higher level subject
- Grade D3 in four Ordinary level subjects
- Subject studied MUST include Maths (at least C3 Higher Level); Irish (or another language ), English and a Science/Technology subject, with minimum D3 Ordinary Level, from the following list:
- Physics with Chemistry
- Technical Drawing
- Agricultural Science
- Applied Maths
The number of points required over the past few years has been reasonably stable and ranges between 400 and 440. Note that bonus points are awarded by UL for Mathematics at Leaving Certificate. Up to date information is provided on the CAO web page, www.cao.ie.
2. Mature Students
The Department is always pleased to hear from mature students (over 23 years of age) who are interested to study one of our BE programs.The Admissions Department will provide prospective candidates with appropriate forms which the student can use to illustrate the most important aspects of his/her previous education and work experience. Alternatively, interested candidates can contact the Course Director concerned by e-mail or telephone to discuss suitability. We almost always want to interview the applicant, as much for their own benefit as ours, as this gives us a chance to explain the challenges to be faced and the workload involved.
3. Transferees who have partially completed another Level 8 Degree Course
We usually only consider students in good standing - not those that have failed elsewhere. We will always look carefully at the student's previous syllabi and exam performance to establish a suitable point of entry to the program. Individuals interested should apply in writing giving a full CV including Leaving Cert. Results, and all third level study details to date including details of college, course, modules, results etc.
Internal Applicants apply through Student Academic Administration, External Applicants through the Admissions office.
4. Transferees who have undertaken two years of a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 7 degree programme, or equivalent
We are always pleased to accept students who have undertaken two years of a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 7 degree programme, or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering at Distinction, into Year 2. Under some circumstances we will accept students with Merit 1 but only where the numerate subjects show good results and where there is available space on the program.
We also consider students from other subject areas such as Production or Manufacturing Engineering and under some circumstances may offer a place in Year 1 only.
5. Transferees with an National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 7 degree, or equivalent
Students with Level 7 BEng degrees with Distinction may enter into Year 3 of the Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering programmes. Students with Merit 1 may also be accepted according to available space and individual performance in numerate subjects.
For Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering, a special transition term is run at the start of Year 3 in which students take modules to allow them to bridge the gap between their previous education and the programme they are joining.