Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering)

College of Engineering & Informatics
School of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

NUI Galway is pleased to offer a one year taught masters (ME) in Civil Engineering. This is a full-time programme that is being offered for the first time in 2013. It has a weighting of 60ECTS, starting in September and running to June of the following year. The programme is at level 9 in the Irish qualifications system and it has been designed to meet the educational requirements necessary for progression to Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland. Accreditation for the programme will be sought after the first cohort of graduates emerges from the programme. NUI Galway has a long tradition of providing a high quality accredited bachelor degree (BE) in Civil Engineering. The new programme builds on this experience and the ME will see NUI Galway educate a new generation of Civil Engineers to even higher standards. The minimum entry requirement is 2nd class Honours Degree in an Honours, Level 8 Civil Engineering programme (or equivalent).

The Master of Engineering

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. Successfully completing this (level 9) ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.

ME Programme

The ME programme on its own is a 60ECTS one academic year course of study. Graduates with an honours degree in a cognate Engineering discipline may be eligible to take the ME. This will be of interest to graduates who wish to study more advanced topics in their core engineering discipline. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification 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. Candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

Key facts

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is Second Class Honours Degree in a Level 8 Civil Engineering programme (or equivalent).

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: 20

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.

NFQ level: 9

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The ME in Civil Engineering, which has a particular emphasis on design, has three primary elements; (i) advanced core modules in Civil Engineering, (ii) an individual capstone project and (iii) modules on transferrable skills and personal development. The student will take a number of taught modules (40 ECTS) and these will be examined at end of semester examinations in December and April and/or through assignments and continuous assessment. The 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 the student will work with an individual supervisor. The student may also wish to propose a project of his/her own. Core Civil Engineering 5-credit modules will include:

  • Advanced Structural Analysis and Design
  • Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems 
  • Highway & Traffic Infrastructure
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Building Energy Modelling 
  • Computational Methods in Civil Engineering

Students will also carry out a Design Team Project module, and this will also reflect the strong design ethos of the programme. Available modules in the area of transferrable skills will include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Engineering Finance
  • Engineering Research Methods
  • Advanced Statistics for Engineers
  • Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • The Built Environment

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)
  • Dr Piaras Ó hEachteirn; B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., MIEI
  • 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
  • Dr Annette Harte; B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIEI
  • Dr Thomas Mullarkey; B.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., MIEI
  • Dr Eoghan Clifford; B.E., Ph.D., MIEI
  • D. Jamie Goggins; B.A., B.A.I., PhD, C.Eng., MIEI
  • Dr Mark Healy; B.E., M.Eng. Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIEI
  • Dr Marcus Keane; B.E., Ph.D., MIEI
  • Dr Stephen Nash; B.A., B.A.I., M.Sc., PhD
  • Dr Xinmin Zhan; B.A., B.E., M.E., Ph.D

Find out more

Ms Brid Flaherty
T: +353 91 492170

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,900 p.a. 2015/16 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €4,676 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2015/16