BSc (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN150
CAO Points Range 2020: 520-531
Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc) + 2 Years (ME)
Average Intake: 250
- H4 in Mathematics
- H6 in a laboratory science and
- O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects
Special Entry Recommendations
It is recommended that the Laboratory Science subject should be one of Chemistry, Physics or Biology
Why is this course for me?
If you’re interested in the beauty of architectural design, and you want to be the one who realises these designs by creating viable solutions that ensure structures stand the test of time, then this is the course for you. The Structural Engineering with Architecture degree at UCD is a two-part degree, with an initial three-year bachelor’s degree followed by a two-year master’s degree, focusing primarily on the design of structures. The programme’s aim is to develop an appreciation for architecture coupled with the solid fundamentals of an engineering degree. This will enable graduates to challenge the traditional boundaries of structural design.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
The ME programme in Structural Engineering with Architecture is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland, and thus recognised internationally. Graduates can find employment in Ireland and abroad in areas such as:
- Engineering consultancy
- Construction management
- Project management and planning
- Management consultancy and finance
You can also pursue an academic career, and a PhD in Structural Engineering, in Ireland or abroad.
What Will I Study
Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:
- Creativity in Design
- Electrical/Electronic Engineering
- Energy Engineering
- Engineering Computing
- Construction Materials
- Construction Practice
- Mechanics of Solids
- Soil Mechanics
- Architecture of Structural Engineers
- Structure & Form
- Analysis of Structures
- Design of Structures
- Energy Systems: Buildings
- Group Design Project
Taught modules in the Autumn trimester are typically followed by an eight-month work placement.
- Innovation Leadership
- Advanced Structural Analysis & Design
- Professional Engineering (Management)
- Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering
- Bridge Engineering
- Research Project
A student’s week includes attending lectures and tutorials as well as participating in laboratory-based workshops and undertaking independent study.
A combination of end-of-trimester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year, you’ll also submit a report on your research project.
International Study Opportunities
There is the opportunity to spend a trimester abroad. Students to date have spent trimesters at:
- University of Cantabria, Spain
- University of California, USA
- University of Connecticut, USA
- San Jose State University, USA
- University of Washington, USA
Professional Work Experience
Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME programme. Eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following employers: Arup, Meinhardt (London), OBA Consulting Engineers, O’Connor Sutton Cronin, Thornton Tomasetti (New York), and Waterman Moylan.
“I chose Structural Engineering with Architecture because it was a great way of combining my interests in maths, physics, art and the built environment. UCD offers an excellent balance of technical knowledge and soft skills. I was able to develop my knowledge of structural analysis and design while also working on skills such as communication, creative-thinking, and problem-solving. My fourth-year work placement allowed me to further develop my understanding of structures and to contribute to live construction projects. My UCD degree gave me the best possible start to my career as a structural engineer. My work is challenging but very rewarding. I can see the value of my designs when they become physically realised on site to become buildings that people can enjoy.”
Roseanne Dizon, Graduate