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Why UCD Engineering?

If you have an enquiring mind, a desire to innovate and develop solutions to problems that have real social, societal and economic impact, you will find an engineering education both stimulating and rewarding. Will you invent life-saving medical devices, create new modes of communication, develop alternative sources of renewable energy or tackle worldwide environmental issues?

UCD provides a first-class education across our engineering disciplines, which are variously accredited by Engineers Ireland, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3). We provide a rigorous education in the fundamental engineering subjects and help you to develop problem-solving and design skills, based on maths and physics.

At UCD, we place considerable emphasis on the mastery of analytical skills and the use of quantitative methods. Study is based on solid mathematical, scientific and engineering principles. Essentially, these are the fundamentals of engineering and they will enable you to navigate successfully through the challenges you will face in your future career. We work with industry to ensure that our programmes produce graduates who are highly skilled and trained to address the problems that organisations and society face. We also pride ourselves on being research intensive and our curricula engage students in a culture of academic excellence and inquiry. This, coupled with the fact that our lecturers are experts in their fields, makes UCD the first choice for anyone interested in engineering.

Your First Year Experience

As a UCD Engineering student you will enrol in a common first year, which allows you to gain an understanding of the many different engineering disciples available, before being offered an unrestricted choice of specialisation, subject to health and safety based capacity constraints.

UCD has the widest range of degree choices in the country and, after completing this common first year, you can choose your second-year pathway from one of the following:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering with Architecture

Your chosen area of specialisation in second year will also offer routes to further branches of engineering at a master’s level. The range of study and career opportunities that can be accessed through our bachelor’s and master’s degree options is illustrated on the ‘Studying UCD Engineering’ diagram. You can choose a Bachelor of Engineering Science, BSc [3 years], a Bachelor of Engineering, BE [4 years] or a Master of Engineering, ME [5 years].

Since 2013, the educational standard for the professional title of Chartered Engineer (Engineers Ireland) has been an accredited master’s degree programme in engineering or equivalent. In the School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering, the 4-year BE degrees meet the educational standard for the professional title of Chartered Engineer, through the Institution of Chemical Engineers [IChemE]. Overall, there are 285 places in DN150. The average number of students taking each specialisation is shown on the relevant page.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

A world of opportunity awaits you as a UCD Engineering graduate and, as our courses are professionally accredited, they are fully recognised internationally. You will be able to establish a career in many sectors, including: Business • Construction • Design • Education • Energy/Clean Technology • Environment • Food • Healthcare • Information & Communications Technology • Manufacturing • Infrastructure • Research & Academia

You will be equipped with a mindset and skills that will make you an asset to any employer. The Engineering education offered by UCD is recognised by the world’s top companies. In addition to our wide range of BE degrees, UCD has numerous graduate programmes including taught master’s degree – see opposite. There are also research programmes available to students at both master’s and PhD level.

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