Structural Engineering with Architecture

Course Information

BSc (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN150
CAO Points Range 2017: 489 - 625
Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc) (Hons) + 2 Years (ME)
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?

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.

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME programme. Six-to eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following companies: Arup, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (London), Thornton Tomasetti (New York), T/E/S/S Atelier D’Ingénierie (Paris), Mott MacDonald (Dubai), Waterman Moylan, and O’Connor Sutton Cronin.



What Will I Study

Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:

First Year

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Energy Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Creativity in Design
  • Engineering and Architecture of Structures

Second Year

  • Construction Materials
  • Construction Practice
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Architecture for Structural Engineers

Third Year

  • Structure & Form
  • Analysis of Structures
  • Design of Structures
  • Energy Systems: Buildings

Fourth Year

Taught modules in semester one are typically followed by an eight-month work placement.

Those not on work placements will do a design project and two taught modules. Modules include:

  • Professional Engineering for Civil & Structural Engineers
  • Structural Analysis, Design & Specification
  • Structural Dynamics Soil
  • Materials & Design
  • Realising Built Projects

Fifth Year

  • 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-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year, you’ll also submit a report of your research project.

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International Study Opportunities

There is the opportunity to spend a semester abroad. Students to date have spent semesters at:

  • University of Cantabria, Spain
  • University of California, USA
  • University of Connecticut, USA
  • San Jose State University, USA
  • University of Washington, USA


“I chose to study Structural Engineering with Architecture in UCD as I have always had a keen interest in the built environment. The course content is varied with modules ranging from mathematical to model making. I particularly enjoyed, and have since found very useful, the case studies module in which we scheme designed the structure of a building every two weeks and then presented the design as a team.
The course can be as international as you make it, in my third year I went to the University of Connecticut for a semester, which was a great experience. The work placement in 4th year is also an excellent part of the course, giving you practical experience as well as being very valuable to potential employers.”

Tara Clinton, Graduate

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