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 NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

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


9 months, full-time

Next start date

September 2019

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Closing Date

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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.

Curriculum Information

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. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
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'.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Optional CE514: Transportation Systems and Infrastructure II - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CE6102: Design of Sustainable Environmental System I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CE6106: Hydrological Modelling - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CE6108: Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP553: Advanced Applied Mathematics for Engineers 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME432: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE446: Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional AY872: Financial Management I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MG533: Strategic Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CE511: Computational Methods in Civil Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CE6117: Integrated Civil Engineering Design - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required CE510: Civil Engineering Project/Thesis - 20 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CE6101: Coastal and Offshore Engineering I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE6103: Design of Sustainable Environmental Systems II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CE6113: Energy in Buildings - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME429: Polymer Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MP554: Advanced Applied Mathematics for Engineers 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EOS4101: Earth Observation and Remote Sensing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional BME501: Advanced Finite Element Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required CE509: Advanced Structures - 5 Credits - Semester 2

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


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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,250 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€5,026 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€17,750 p.a. 2019/20

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019 PDF (12.6 MB)