Instrument Engineering (BSc Honours Degree) (Level 8)

  • Course Code

    MT 833

  • Field of Study

    Applied Physics and Instrumentation

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

4 Years (8 semesters)

Admission Requirements:



For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


Info re MTU Mathematics Exam only
Some students who apply to MTU courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.


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Work Placement

A mandatory work placement of a minimum of 10 weeks takes place in year 3.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Any of the Science subjects are helpful but in particular Physics, Engineering, Technology, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

Course summary

Instrument Engineering is the specialisation that is centred on the principles of operation and applications of the diverse range of measurement and control instrumentation used to automate machinery and processes throughout industry.

Further studies

Graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at CIT at Masters (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.


Physical Sciences

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Department website



Recorded November 2021



What is Instrument Engineering?

Instrument Engineering is the multidisciplinary specialisation centred on the principles of operation and applications of the diverse instrumentation used to measure, control and automate processes and systems throughout industry and society. Within process industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food, beverages and water, instrument engineering contributes significantly to quality, safety, productivity and efficiency.


About the Course

MT 833 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork


This multidisciplinary course provides a comprehensive foundation of physical science, mathematics, electronics, measurement technology and information technology on which a range of specialist instrument engineering modules are developed. There is a continual emphasis throughout the course on the design standards and best practice relevant to instrument engineering.


Work placement

There is a mandatory 10 week work placement in year 3. During the placement, students will gain direct experience in the practice of instrument engineering within an industry, organisation or research group. It may be possible for the placement to be in an international location.


In the final year of the course there is a major project in the area of instrument engineering. Students will be able to design, develop and implement measurement and control systems. Students will also be able to manage, evaluate and critically analyse complex instrumentation and process control installations. The course is presented through a mix of formal lectures and practical sessions.



This Honours Degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised Degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience.


The Institute of Physics provides routes for suitably qualified and experienced Members to become Chartered Physicists and Chartered Engineers. Further details can be found on the Institute of Physics website.


The programme is currently undergoing evaluation for accreditation by the Institute of Measurement and Control (, which is widely recognised in many industry sectors. 


Further Studies

Research link


Graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at MTU Cork at Master’s (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.  The Department offers opportunities for suitably qualified graduates (1H) to proceed to postgraduate study with research teams based at MTU Cork's Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis, CAPPA (, the Tyndall National Institute (, and elsewhere.


Question Time

Please see a video testimony from one of our Instrumentation graduates Amy O’Keeffe:



Is this a Science course or an Engineering Course?
While the qualification is that of a science degree (BSc), graduates find employment in a range of scientific and engineering roles. This is a multidisciplinary course with a mix of science and engineering modules. This broad base provides graduates with a skill set that provides a wide range of employment opportunities and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing technologies.


What level of Mathematics is recommended?
Higher Level Mathematics is not required, but as with all physical science and engineering courses numeracy is essential and you need to be comfortable with Mathematics.


What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
Motivation, initiative, dependability, commitment, analytical ability.


What should my interests be?
How things work, problem-solving and meeting technical challenges.


Where am I likely to work?
There are excellent employment opportunities locally, nationally and internationally for graduates. These opportunities are in biopharmachem, biotech and other process industries. Employment is either directly with these companies or in the systems integrators and engineering consultancies that support these companies.

MTU  has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:
BSc (Honours) in Instrument Engineering.

This honours degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience.

Graduates typically work as Instrument Engineers, Automation Engineers or Control Engineers within chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, oil/gas, food, beverage and water treatment companies that use instrumentation to improve productivity, safety, reliability, quality, etc.

Significant employment opportunities exist for graduates in the many companies that design, manufacture and supply instrumentation to the above industries as well as with the engineering consultancies and systems integrators who provide such industries with turn-key solutions to their manufacturing challenges.

Potential Areas of Employment

Graduates of the Level 8 Instrument Engineering programme are highly sought-after for a range of rewarding roles with global industries but primarily...

  • Instrument Engineering
  • Automation Engineering
  • Control Engineering
  • System Integration
  • Engineering Consultancy 
  • Technology Research & Development 

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)


EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.


CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2021: 301

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Aidan O'Connell
021 433 5595

Nicola Byron, Department Secretary
021 4335870

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