Course Overview

The ME in Civil Engineering at NUI Galway is a 60 ECTS full-time taught Masters programme, starting in September and running until early June of the following year. The programme sits at Level 9 in the Irish qualifications system and has been designed to meet the educational requirements necessary for progression to Chartered Engineer status with Engineers Ireland.  An application to Engineers Ireland for accreditation is currently being assessed (May 2015). NUI Galway has a long tradition of producing high quality graduates from its accredited Level 8 Bachelor degree (BE) in Civil Engineering. This new programme builds on this experience, educating Civil Engineers to even higher standards and accelerating them to positions of leadership in industry.

Accreditation and Chartered Status

The Master of Engineering (ME) at NUI Galway is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, meeting the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation. Successful completion of this ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng MIEI) status. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification (who are not BE graduates from NUI Galway) should be aware that professional accreditation is assessed by the Engineering Councils on the basis of the aggregate periods of study (Level 8 + Level 9), and not on the Masters year alone. Therefore candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.


Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC).

Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

The majority of lecturers on this course are from the core Civil Engineering discipline. Additional lecturing support will be provided by expert practitioners from industry and by staff from disciplines that are cognate to Civil Engineering.

The core Civil Engineering staff are:

  • Dr Bryan McCabe BA BAI PhD CEng EurIng FIEI, (Head of Civil Engineering, ME Course Director)
  • Professor Padraic O’Donoghue; B.E., M.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIEI
  • Professor Michael Hartnett; B.E., M.Eng. Sc., Ph.D. , C.Eng., FIEI
  • Prof Xinmin Zhan; B.A., B.E., M.E., Ph.D
  • Dr Eoghan Clifford; B.E., Ph.D., MIEI
  • D. Jamie Goggins; B.A., B.A.I., PhD, C.Eng., MIEI
  • Dr Annette Harte; B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIEI
  • Dr Mark Healy; B.E., M.Eng. Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIEI
  • Dr Marcus Keane; B.E., Ph.D., MIEI
  • Dr Thomas Mullarkey; B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., MIEI
  • Dr Stephen Nash; B.A., B.A.I., M.Sc., PhD
  • Dr Piaras Ó hEachteirn; B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., MIEI

Requirements and Assessment

This programme has an overall weighting of 60 ECTS. The student takes a number of taught modules (40 ECTS) and these are examined at the end-of-semester examinations in December and April and/or through assignments and continuous assessment. The individual project (20 ECTS) runs throughout the year, with a submission date at the end of May. Projects are available across all branches of civil engineering, and the student works with an individual supervisor. The student may also wish to propose a project of their own.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry to the programme is open to individuals who have Second Class Honours in a Level 8 engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third level college.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level


Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code


Course Outline

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.

Core Civil Engineering 5 ECTS modules will include:

  • Advanced Structures
  • Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems 
  • Transportation Systems and Infrastructure
  • Offshore and Coastal Engineering
  • Energy in Buildings
  • Computational Methods in Civil Engineering
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
  • Hydrological Modelling
  • The Built Environment

Students will also carry out an Integrated Design Project (an obligatory core module), drawing on knowledge across the discipline, and this will reflect the strong design ethos of the programme.

There is an extensive list of transferrable/professional skills available, some of the areas covered are listed below:

  • Project Management
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Programming
  • Financial Management
  • Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Engineering Research Methods
  • Advanced Statistics for Engineers
  • Graphics and Image Processing

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This degree programme is ideally suited to the civil engineer with an honours (Level 8) undergraduate degree who wishes to become more competent in advanced civil engineering topics.

From 2013, the ME degree is required to satisfy the educational requirements for progression to Chartered Engineer status. Graduates of the programme will be capable of working in any branch of civil engineering, including consultancy and contracting.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,900 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€4,676 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2015/16

Find out More

Ms Brid Flaherty
T: +353 91 492170