Entry Points (2017)

Course Overview

Civil Engineering is concerned with the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the built environment. It encompasses minor and major structures, ranging from drainage systems, houses, commercial buildings, roads and bridges to multi-storey buildings and water and wastewater treatment facilities. The work of civil engineers is most visible in the structures in which we live and work, and their contribution is also seen in such transportation systems that we use on a daily basis as subways, motorways, railways, airports and harbours. They are also involved in the design, construction and operation of complex water supply and sanitation systems for our ever-growing cities. In such projects and more generally, they perform a critical public and environmental health function as well.

The Civil Engineering degree programme sets out to develop the scientific, technical, organisational, IT and communication skills needed for a satisfying and rewarding career as a Civil Engineer.

Civil Engineers work in rapidly changing and challanging areas using traditional and new materials and techniques, and increasingly incorporating IT solutions at design and construction stage. You could be involved in schemes from design to management stage through to completion in what are often highly complex projects. Therefore, the profession combines creative skills with an aptitute for mathematics and technical subjects. At the most challenging end of the profession, where the management of large projects is involved, a high degree of administration skills are also required.

If you think you might enjoy developing and constructing bridges, tunnels, roads, railways, major building or other infrastructural projects, you should consider Civil Engineering. The skills you will learn will give you opportunities for work worldwide wherever development is taking place, not least in the fast-growing economies of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

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Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) or Technology, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. 

Additional Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum of Grade H4 in the Higher Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics or, alternatively, obtain a pass in the Engineering Maths Qualifying Examination (held in the University).

For A-levels: A minimum of Grade C in Mathematics is required

4 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

ABC & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1

  • Engineering Calculus
  • Engineering Mathematical Methods
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics 
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Computing

Year 2

  • Engineering Calculus
  • Engineering Algebra
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Principles of Building
  • Engineering Materials
  • Geology for Engineers
  • Strength of Materials
  • Elementary Hydraulics
  • Plus a number of optional courses

Year 3

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Hydraulics
  • Elementary Soil Mechanics
  • Highway & Traffic Engineering
  • Construction Operations
  • Solids and Structures
  • Design of Concrete Structures
  • Design of Steel Structure

Year 4

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Design of Structures
  • Structural Analysis
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Plus a choice from a number of other courses.

Year 5 - Optional

Why should I do a 5th year to obtain a Masters qualification in Engineering?

A Masters degree qualification (ME) from the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway helps you to distinguish yourself in a competitive job market. It enables you to develop specialist skills you will need to succeed at the highest levels in your chosen field. It is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, which is accredited by the Engineers Ireland under European Framework Standards. This means that the Master of Engineering degree is recognised internationally to be equivalent to accredited engineering degree programmes in many other countries (for example ABET accredited Engineering Degree programs in the United States). These 5 year qualification satisfies the requirements to allow you to apply for a Chartered Engineer title, which is a badge of excellence for the Engineering profession that is awarded for knowledge and competence. Thus with a 5 year Masters Degree in Engineering from NUI Galway, you will be able to have your qualification recognised if you want to secure high value employment in many of the world's leading Engineering/Technology companies.

Follow chosen course of Engineering to Masters level.

The ME in Civil Engineering, which is a broad design-focussed programme, has three primary elements: (i) advanced core modules in Civil Engineering, (ii) modules on transferrable skills/professional development and (iii) an individual capstone research project. The taught modules amount to 40 ECTS and these will be examined at the end of semester examinations in December and April/May and/or through continuous assessment assignments. The 20 ECTS individual project will run throughout the year with a submission date at the end of May. Projects will be available across all branches of Civil Engineering and each student will work with an individual supervisor. Equally, a student is welcome to propose a project of his/her own.

Details for Masters level can be found here.

Core Civil Engineering 5 ECTS modules will include:

  • AY872 Financial Management 1
  • CE509 Advanced Structures
  • CE511 Computational Methods in Civil Engineering
  • CE514 Transportation Systems and Infrastructure
  • CE6103 Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems II
  • CE6106 Hydrological Modelling
  • CE6108 Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering
  • IE446 Project Management
  • IE450 Lean Systems
  • ME3104 Introduction to Regulatory Affairs (online module)
  • ME432 Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • ME521 Research Methods for Engineers
  • ME572 Human Reliability

Details for Year 5 modules can be found here.

Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Further Education

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, suitably qualified students have the option to enrol and continue their studies to Masters or PhD level.

Students can advance to Master’s level (ME) through our one year taught Masters programme (September-June) that builds on the successful completion of their undergraduate programme, subject to a sufficient standard (2nd Class Honours minimum). This programme is an integrated follow-on to the BE programme and is designed to meet Engineers Ireland’s criterion for Level 9 degrees, providing graduates with a route to Chartered Engineer status that will be recognised worldwide.

Master’s degree education is becoming increasingly the norm internationally in Engineering, and this programme strengthens the ability of our graduates to compete nationally and internationally at the highest level for employment in industry and other sectors of the economy.

In our PhD programme, students develop innovative state-of the-art solutions to current problems in civil engineering. Students will specialise in one of the discipline’s areas of research, working with a high degree of independence and becoming experts on their chosen topic. This work is usually presented at international conferences and published in journals.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will find employment in:

  • Consulting/Contracting (dealing e.g. with Structures, Transportation, Public Health, Offshore and Coastal Engineering)
  • Government Departments
  • Semi-State Organisations
  • Local Authorities

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

An industrial work placement with an engineering firm follows completion of the third yaer of study. This Professional Experience Programme gives students an opportunity to work on projects relevant to their course of study and significantly improves their chances of obtaining employment after graduation. In the event that no external placement is available, students will be given projects on campus.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,492 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Bríd Flaherty
Civil Engineering
T +353 91 492 170
F +353 91 494 507
E brid.flaherty@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


James Boyce |   BA (Civil Engineering)

As a very mature student (with over 25 years in a previous career) I am now in my final year in Civil Engineering. My experience of the course has been both challenging and rewarding. I have built up a strong wide-ranging knowledge base. This has been achieved through a well designed and structured course presented by helpful and supportive lecturers. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course (even though studying has been hard at times) and this is due in no small way to the friendliness of my fellow students and the open and easy atmosphere of the University itself.