What will I learn?

Why is this course for me?

Civil Engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. It includes the design of bridges, buildings, roads and dams, and works relating to management of our water resources. The work of civil engineers is evident all around us and their contribution to society is huge. This work incorporates environmental protection; large-scale construction projects; ensuring the provision of safe drinking water; designing and implementing strategies for treating wastewater and pollutants; development of transport infrastructure; flood prevention; and the design of foundations for different ground conditions.

Skills for meeting these requirements are developed in UCD Civil Engineering, in core areas of structural design, water and environmental engineering, transport engineering and geotechnical (soil and foundation) engineering.

What Will I Study

First Year

Engineering students follow a common first year which includes modules in:

  • Chemistry
  • Creativity in Design
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physics.

Second to Fifth Year

Areas of study for Civil Engineering include:

  • Theory, Design and Analysis of Structures
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Treatment Processes for Water and Wastewater
  • Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction Materials and Practice
  • Transportation Engineering

A student’s week involves attending lectures, tutorials, participating in laboratory classes and undertaking project and design exercises both individually and in teams.

International Study Opportunities

Opportunities to date have included:

  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates can find employment in:

  • Environmental industries
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water resource and hydraulic engineering
  • Management and project management
  • Financial services
  • Research

Graduates can also apply for taught and research master’s in UCD, including Civil Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Engineering with Business. Graduates can also apply for positions in PhD research programmes.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€24,800.00 (US$ 27,605) per year

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

Start date

Expected September 2020

Venue

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

Room 126 (First Floor),

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have International Baccalaureate: 24 or more total points and the award of the IB Diploma. Students must have CGPA 3.0 out of 4.0 unweight scales in combination with ACT minimum 22 or SAT minimum 1090, Either ACT or SAT is accepted; UCD Super scores ACT and SAT scores. Students must have Cambridge A Level: At least three subjects at A Level Grade C and three other subjects at GCSE Level Grade C. UCD requires Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire + 1 year at a recognised university (Diplôme de … (plus professional field); Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures; Diplôme d'Ingénieur/d'Architecte d'Etat or Licence). English language requirements: IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +, a minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT); Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.

For international students

There are minimum entry requirements that all applicants, applying based on school leaving results, must meet.

Leaving Certificate

  • H4 in Mathematics
  • H6 in a laboratory science and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognized subjects

English language requirements: IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

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About this uni

Famous for teaching and research excellence, and true global reach, UCD is the destination of choice for over 8000 international students.

  • Main campus in Belfield, 4km from Dublin city centre
  • 185th best university in the world
  • Globally recognised for excellent teaching and learning
  • Scholarships available for international students