Entry Points (2015)

Course Overview

Civil Engineering is concerned with the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the built environment. It encompasses minor and major structures, ranging from drainage systems, houses, commercial buildings, roads and bridges to multi-storey buildings and water and wastewater treatment facilities. The work of civil engineers is most visible in the structures in which we live and work, and their contribution is also seen in such transportation systems that we use on a daily basis as subways, motorways, railways, airports and harbours. They are also involved in the design, construction and operation of complex water supply and sanitation systems for our ever-growing cities. In such projects and more generally, they perform a critical public and environmental health function as well.

The Civil Engineering degree programme sets out to develop the scientific, technical, organisational, IT and communication skills needed for a satisfying and rewarding career as a Civil Engineer.

Civil Engineers work in rapidly changing and challanging areas using traditional and new materials and techniques, and increasingly incorporating IT solutions at design and construction stage. You could be involved in schemes from design to management stage through to completion in what are often highly complex projects. Therefore, the profession combines creative skills with an aptitute for mathematics and technical subjects. At the most challenging end of the profession, where the management of large projects is involved, a high degree of administration skills are also required.

If you think you might enjoy developing and constructing bridges, tunnels, roads, railways, major building or other infrastructural projects, you should consider Civil Engineering. The skills you will learn will give you opportunities for work worldwide wherever development is taking place, not least in the fast-growing economies of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China)

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

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 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 Mathematics is required

4 years

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades (2015)

ABC & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

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

  • Engineering Calculus
  • Engineering Algebra
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Principles of Building
  • Engineering Materials
  • Geology for Engineers
  • Strength of Materials
  • Elementary Hydraulics
  • Plus a number of optional courses

Year 3

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Hydraulics
  • Elementary Soil Mechanics
  • Highway & Traffic Engineering
  • Construction Operations
  • Solids and Structures
  • Design of Concrete Structures
  • Design of Steel Structure

Year 4

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Design of Structures
  • Structural Analysis
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Plus a choice from a number of other courses  

Further Education

Graduates from the Civil Engineering programme will be eligible for employment in the private sector in construction companies, consultancies and contractors dealing with all aspects of building, transportation and infrastructural projects. Government departments and semi-state organisations also employ civil

For those interested in postgraduate study, the PhD and MEngSc degrees are obtained mainly through doing research work. Students will specialise in one of the discipline’s various areas of research, working with a high degree of independence and becoming experts on their chosen topic. This work is usually presented at international conferences and published in journals.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will find employment in:

  • Consulting/Contracting (dealing e.g. with Structures, Transportation, Public Health, Offshore and Coastal Engineering)
  • Government Departments
  • Semi-State Organisations
  • Local Authorities

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

An industrial work placement with an engineering firm follows completion of the third yaer of study. This Professional Experience Programme gives students an opportunity to work on projects relevant to their course of study and significantly improves their chances of obtaining employment after graduation. In the event that no external placement is available, students will be given projects on campus.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,492 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17
EU Fees 2016/17:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - 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.

Find out More

Bríd Flaherty
Civil Engineering
T +353 91 492 170
F +353 91 494 507
E brid.flaherty@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


James Boyce |   BE (Civil Engineering)

As a very mature student (with over 25 years in a previous career) I am now in my final year in Civil Engineering. My experience of the course has been both challenging and rewarding. I have built up a strong wide-ranging knowledge base. This has been achieved through a well designed and structured course presented by helpful and supportive lecturers. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course (even though studying has been hard at times) and this is due in no small way to the friendliness of my fellow students and the open and easy atmosphere of the University itself.