The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) is committed to both the professional and
academic development of its members. This commitment led to the introduction of a Level 7 top-up
degree that was launched in 2016 to facilitate those members who already had a level 6 qualification
in engineering or a cognate discipline. So far, more than 400 students have enrolled in that
In recent years there has been a discernible demand for a full engineering degree programme. This
demand is coming from a variety of sources: the graduates of the level 7 degree want to go on and
complete a level 8 degree, those who do not have any engineering qualifications want a means to
begin, and industry continually tells us that more people with industrial engineering skills are wanted
To respond to that demand IISE began a collaboration with Institute of Technology Carlow. The
Carlow institute together with Waterford Institute of Technology are in the final stages of talks to
merge and form The Technological University of the South East. IISE expects that when we conclude
our discussions there will be a full engineering programme available with multiple entry and exit
points that will cater for learners with a variety of existing qualifications and will culminate in the
award of a Bachelor of Engineering (hons) degree.
We confidently expect our discussions to conclude around mid 2022 with the approval of the
programme, and are planning for the first intake of students in Autumn 2022.
It is important to note that members of IISE will be given priority in the enrolment process.
“The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history.”
– James Kip Finch, American engineer and educator