Civil Engineering

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

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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.

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

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

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Creativity in Design
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Linear Algebra Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physics.

Second to Fifth Year
Core modules may include:

  • Theory, Design and Analysis of Structures
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Treatment Processes for Water and Wastewater
  • Geotechnics
  • Construction Materials & Practice
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulics
  • Geology
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Computer Applications
  • Design and Communications
  • Statistics & Probability
  • Professional Engineering studies

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 trimester written examinations.

Progression Requirement

At the end of year 3, students can choose either to pursue a 4-year BE or 5-year Integrated ME degree pathway, subject to meeting GPA requirements.

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International Study Opportunities

Students have the opportunity in their third year to spend either one or two trimesters studying abroad in a partner University. There are options to study in countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Singapore.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates can find employment in:

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

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: AECOM, Arup, ESB, Malone O’Regan, MJH Structural Engineers, Walls Construction, Roughan & O’Donovan, RPS and Sisk.

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

Other Entry Routes

“I chose to study civil engineering because of its fascinating ability to change the world and I wanted to play a part in driving that change. I am currently working for a structural engineering firm in New York City designing and engineering high-rise buildings and sports venues. This course in UCD prepared me with the necessary problem-solving skills and knowledge to navigate these fast-paced and challenging environments. It taught me about the theory and practicalities of engineering on site and in the design office. It also enabled me to explore new technologies for innovative and sustainable design which helped shape my research project for long span stadium roof design.”

Clíodhna Ni Dhugain, Graduate

Contact Information

UCD Engineering & Architecture College Office
Engineering and Materials Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 1916

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