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

Special Entry Recommendations 

It is recommended that the Laboratory Science subject should be one of Chemistry, Physics or Biology

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Why is this course for me?

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

Your chosen area of specialisation in second year will also offer routes to further branches of engineering at a Masters 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 diagram. You can choose a Bachelor of Engineering Science – BSc (three years) – leading to a Master of Engineering – ME (two years). You can also pursue a Bachelor of Engineering – BE degree (four 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. The BE degree (four years) in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering is accredited at the master’s level by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and satisfies the educational standard for the professional title of Chartered Engineer (IChemE).


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

A world of opportunity awaits you as a UCD Engineering graduate and, as our programmes are professionally accredited, they are fully recognised internationally.

You’ll be able to establish a career in many sectors, including:

  • Energy/clean technology
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
  • Food
  • Information and communications technology
  • Business
  • Research
  • Education

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 degrees including taught master’s with specialisations in:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biosystems & Food Engineering
  • Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Energy Engineering
  • Electronic & Computer Engineering
  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Engineering with Business
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Structural Engineering with Architecture

There are also research programmes available to students at both master’s and PhD level.

Key Fact: All of the ME Programmes have an embedded internship element.


“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. At UCD, we offer the widest possible choice of engineering disciplines and are committed to the on-going development of both discipline specific and interdisciplinary teaching and research. Whether your interests lie in agri-food, business, communications, energy, healthcare, materials, pharmaceuticals, physical infrastructure, transport or water there is an option within UCD Engineering that will suit you. With international leaders in the fields of engineering, the programmes will provide you with core knowledge in the subject, an expectation of attaining excellence and the development of your capacity for independent and creative thinking, problem solving and leadership in your chosen speciality.”

Professor David Fitzpatrick, Dean of Engineering

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