Engineering - Civil Engineering

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The 60-ECTS ME in Civil Engineering is a broad, design-focused, Level 9 programme tailored to meet both the educational requirements for progression to Chartered Engineer status and the diverse needs of a progressive modern civil engineering practice.

Important information re the level of the ME qualification and students' satisfaction of accrediation requirements:

ME Programme Accreditation 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. Successfully completing this (Level 9) ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.

The ME programme on its own is a 60 ECTS one academic year course of study. Graduates with an honours degree in a cognate engineering discipline may be eligible to take the ME. This will be of interest to graduates who wish to study more advanced topics in their core engineering discipline. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification 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. Candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

Students will strengthen their core knowledge with modules on a range of advanced civil engineering topics, while improving their versatility and leadership potential as engineers through transferrable skills and personal development modules. The integrated-design team project is a unique feature of the programme; students take on a real-world design challenge with support from practising engineers. Research experience is gained through a minor thesis, with access to laboratory facilities in the award-winning Engineering Building, Ireland's largest engineering education facility.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The ME programme in Civil Engineering at NUI Galway received full accreditation by Engineers Ireland in 2015, and therefore enjoys international recognition through the Washington Accord.

2. Many of the research projects taken on the ME are aligned with PhD projects, guaranteeing high quality research on topics of national and international importance.

3. Graduates of this programme have been employed immediately upon completing this course.

Entry requirements

Minimum 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. Factors taken into account in determining admission will include the specific content of the undergraduate degree, the applicant's performance and the availability of places.


9 months, full-time.

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Career opportunities
This degree programme is ideally suited to a civil engineer with an honours (Level 8) undergraduate degree who wishes (i) to become more competent in advanced Civil Engineering topics and (ii) to accelerate to positions of leadership within an organisation. Many employers are expressing a preference for ME graduates over BE graduates due to their advanced problem-solving skills and versatility. Graduates of the programme will be capable of following challenging career paths in any branch of civil engineering, including consulting, contracting and research and development.

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