Bachelor of Engineering (Undenominated)

College of Engineering & Informatics

What our lecturers say

What our lecturers say
Engineering (Undenominated)

What our students say

What our students say
Studying Engineering (Undenominated)

Course overview

Engineering is a wide area, covering such fields as civil, mechanics, electronics and computer technology. This course offers you the option of studying engineering in a general way for a year before going on to specialise in your chosen field in year two. It has been designed to help you make your choice about what professional engineering qualification you wish to study for by giving you a year to study the basic concepts and fundamentals of engineering. Therefore, it will help you to make an informed choice about what you wish to specialise in by enabling you to find out where your aptitude and interests lie. Undenominated Engineering will always stand to students as a foundation course. On successful completion of their first year exams, they will be able to transfer to the second year of one of the programmes listed below.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O 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. In addition, students must obtain a minimum of Grade C3 in the Higher Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics or, alternatively, obtain a pass in the Special Engineering Entrance Examination in Mathematics (held in the university).

Additional requirements

For Leaving Certificate: Minimum of Grade C3 in the Higher Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics or alternatively obtain a pass in the Special Engineering Entrance Examination in Mathematics (held in the University).
For A-levels: A minimum of Grade C in A-level Mathematics is required

Duration: 1 Year (Students then transfer into a denominated programme)

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 400 - 605

A Level Grades (2013): AAA (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 100

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

Choose to follow one of the following denominated programmes:
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Project & Construction Management


Year 3

  • Follow chosen course of Engineering

Year 4

  • Follow chosen course of Engineering

Further education

Honours graduates can pursue higher degrees in a wide range of related disciplines.    

Find out more

The College of Engineering and Informatics
T +353 91 492 101
F +353 91 750 558
E enginerringandinformatics@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/engineeringandinformatics/

CAO code

GY401

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €4,518 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Fees:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - 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.

Past Students

Mary Brigid O' Shea

BE Biomedical Engineering

"...I studied Undenominated Engineering and then branched into Biomedical Engineering in second year. I chose the course as I had a huge interest in science and was strong at maths in secondary school. I have an innate interest in how things work. I chose Undenominated Engineering as I was unsure which field of engineering I wanted to pursue. The undenominated course allowed me to try out different subjects from different disciplines so I could make an informed decision. Also, NUI Galway was close to home and offered five month placements for engineering students, an invaluable aid when applying for work..."