A Message from Head of Civil Engineering

‌‌‌I would like to welcome you to the Civil Engineering section of the NUI Galway website. 

Since its foundation in 1849, the National University of Ireland, Galway has served as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in Civil Engineering, equipping thousands of graduates with the skills needed to make substantial contributions to the profession all around the world. The move to Ireland’s largest engineering education building in 2011 has further helped to propel us to the forefront of teaching and research on an international stage. 

At undergraduate level, we offer a 4-year BE degree (Level 8) in Civil Engineering, which is constantly evolving with the needs of the profession. In 2009, we introduced a new interdisciplinary 4-year BE degree (Level 8) in Energy Systems Engineering, which exposes students to latest developments and innovations within the fast-moving energy sector, supported by Civil Engineering and other Engineering disciplines. BE degree programmes at NUI Galway are accredited by Engineers Ireland and are recognized internationally by professional institutions under the Washington Accord, allowing our graduates to travel widely. In addition, we offer a 4-year BSc degree in Project and Construction Management which teaches management principles for construction and other professionals.

At postgraduate level, there are various taught or research programmes that can be taken. In 2013, two new one-year taught ME programmes (Level 9) were launched in Civil Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering. These programmes meet the educational requirements for engineers who would ultimately like to progress to becoming Chartered Engineers. In addition, MEngSc (Level 9) and Structured PhD (Level 10) research degrees are offered, with approximately 50 students registered for these programmes.  The emphasis on research in Civil Engineering is very strong with staff involved in a wide range of projects. Research activities span a broad spectrum of Civil Engineering subjects, which include (but are not limited to) concrete, steel and timber structures, environmental engineering, highway engineering, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, wind engineering, building energy management, offshore and coastal engineering, construction management, advanced materials and computational mechanics. This research is funded by industrial partners and several national and international funding agencies, including Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the European Union (EU). Much of the research is interdisciplinary and is aligned with the University's major research themes; for example, some academic staff work within research institutes such as the Ryan Institute for Environment, Marine and Energyand Insight.

If you would like to discuss our programme offerings or research possibilities, please contact myself at bryan.mccabe@nuigalway.ie or 091-492021, or our Civil Engineering Administrator Brid Flaherty at brid.flaherty@nuigalway.ie or 091-492170.

Dr. Bryan McCabe