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What will I learn?

Civil, Structural and Environmental engineers design, construct and operate a wide range of environmental infrastructure, vital to the needs of a modern economy. All the infrastructure around us, including roads, bridges, hospitals, universities, airports water, wastewater and energy facilities is the product of civil, structural and environmental engineering. Civil, Structural and Environmental engineering is the application of science to planning, design and construction for the benefit of society while minimising environmental impact. Engineers are curious about how the world works. They enjoy solving problems and are creative and inventive people.

The BE Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering degree is particularly rewarding as engineers have excellent job prospects, both within engineering and in other careers such as management consultancy, software development and biomedical technology.

As part of your fundamental engineering training, you will use mathematics and science to solve practical problems, acquire excellent IT skills, develop creativity through design projects and learn to communicate effectively as individuals and in teams.

The course includes lectures on engineering principles, laboratory classes, fieldwork, design projects and opportunities to study abroad. Our graduates have strong transferable skills including communication, teamwork, management, and leadership.

Our BE Civil Engineering degree is internationally recognised. Our graduates have developed successful and satisfying careers within the civil and environmental engineering industry and beyond.

As part of your fundamental engineering education, you will develop your mathematical and problem-solving abilities. On completion of the degree course, you will have acquired excellent IT skills and learned to communicate effectively as an individual and in a team in a working environment where there is a strong emphasis on solving problems.

Skills and Careers Information

Many graduates progress directly to the engineering profession, taking up positions with consulting engineers in design offices, or contracting engineers who execute construction. Alternatively, graduates work as engineers in the public sector, e.g. in county or city councils, the EPA, CIE and ESB.

Given that career opportunities for engineers are many and varied, some graduates use the valuable acquired skills to embark on careers outside of engineering, in areas including software design and development, management consulting, accountancy and industrial management. Some migrate to other engineering disciplines such as biomedical engineering or petroleum engineering.

Postgraduate degrees, including MEngSc and PhD, can be pursued. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is associated with several research units, centres and institutes including:

  • Environmental Research Institute (ERI)
  • Hydraulics & Maritime Research Centre (HMRC)
  • Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG)
  • Beaufort Laboratory for Marine Renewable Energy & Offshore Engineering
  • Cleaner Production Promotion Unit (CPPU)
  • Research Unit for Structures and Optimisation (RUSO)
  • Informatics Research Unit for Sustainable Engineering (IRUSE)
  • Centre for Hydrology Micrometeorology and Climate Change (HydroMet)

The course is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland.

Which department am I in?

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€22,000.00 (US$ 26,668) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2021


University College Cork

College Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have High School Diploma PLUS SAT 1/ACT. Consideration is given to the High School Grade Point Average (GPA) and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants are expected to have completed 4 years of English, at least 3 years of Math, (4 years recommended) at least 2 years of History/Social Science and a language and at least 2 years of a laboratory science subject (4 years recommended). Though not required for all programmes, SAT Subject Tests, Honours, Advanced Placement, and Early College Experience courses are considered, where they benefit the applicant. Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 High School Diploma PLUS New SAT: Minimum 1140 or ACT: 23. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL A minimum score of 600 (250 computer based).

For international students

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

IELTS: 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOEFL 80: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing 17

CPE Cambridge Proficiency: 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Pearson PTE Academic: 59 Minimum individual sections 51

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

UCC is an award-winning, world-class teaching and research university with over 170 years of history.

  • Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide
  • Cork is rated as a top ‘cultural & creative city’
  • Over 3,000 international students
  • Over 90% of graduates secure employment after graduating