Civil Engineering

Course Information

BSc (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9) or BE (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN150
CAO Points Range 2017: 489 - 625
Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc) + 2 Years (ME) or 4 Years (BE)
Average Intake: 260

Leaving Certificate:
  • H4 in Mathematics
  • H6 in a laboratory science and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

Civil Engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. It includes the design of bridges, buildings, roads and dams, and works relating to management of our water resources. The work of civil engineers is evident all around us and their contribution to society is huge. This work incorporates environmental protection; large-scale construction projects; ensuring the provision of safe drinking water; designing and implementing strategies for treating wastewater and pollutants; development of transport infrastructure; flood prevention; and the design of foundations for different ground conditions.

Skills for meeting these requirements are developed in UCD Civil Engineering, in core areas of structural design, water and environmental engineering, transport engineering and geotechnical (soil and foundation) engineering.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates can find employment in:

  • Environmental industries
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water resource and hydraulic engineering
  • Management and project management
  • Financial services
  • Research

Graduates can also apply for taught and research Master’s in UCD, including Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and Engineering with Business. Graduates can also apply for positions in PhD research programmes.

What Will I Study

First Year
Engineering students follow a common first year which includes modules in:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Energy Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Creativity in Design

Second to Fifth Year
Areas of study for Civil Engineering include:

  • Theory, Design and Analysis of Structures
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Treatment Processes for Water and Wastewater
  • Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction Materials and Practice
  • Transportation Engineering

A student’s week involves attending lectures, tutorials, participating in laboratory classes and undertaking project and design exercises both individually and in teams.

Coursework is continually assessed but modules also include end of semester written examinations.

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International Study Opportunities

Opportunities to date have included:

  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA


“Having originally been attracted to UCD due to the high international standing of its engineering school, I graduated with an ME degree in Civil Engineering in 2014. Throughout the 5 year programme I gained knowledge in all aspects of civil engineering before finally focusing on bridge design. I am currently working as a bridge engineer with AECOM in the UK. My work as an engineer is a good mix of inspection and design work on both existing and new bridges. I find my work both interesting and challenging and it affords me the opportunity to make a difference in our modern world. The UCD Civil Engineering course prepared me well to meet these challenges through a mix of top class lectures, tutorials, laboratories and project-based workshops.”

Mark Gilsenan, Graduate

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