Engineering - Civil Engineering

ME Civil Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

This programme offers* students the chance to develop their engineering skills in both University College Dublin and Columbia University, New York (ranked 16th best university in the world) and to graduate with a dual degree from both universities. Students will complete a mixture of taught modules, a work placement and research over the course of their studies on this programme. The benefits to both graduates and the industry as a whole will be in the training of high-quality graduates with global knowledge and training of European and American engineering practices.

*Students will need to have a minimum GPA of 3.08 from UCD (equivalent to 2:1), complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and with the support of UCD make an application to Columbia University for acceptance. Students who are unsuccessful will complete Stage 2 of their degree in UCD.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Course Description
Stage 1 in UCD comprises 6 core modules in the Autumn Trimester (30 ECTS) and either a Professional Work Experience placement (30 ECTS) which runs across the Spring and Summer Trimesters or a Design Project (10 ECTS) plus Option Modules (20 ECTS) which are undertaken in the Spring Trimester.

Students who complete Stage 2 in Columbia University, USA select their modules from the recommended course list for a chosen area of study/concentration (in consultation with Faculty Advisors in Columbia University). The 6 Areas of Study/Concentrations offered are: Construction Engineering & Management; Engineering Mechanics; Environmental Engineering & Water Resources; Forensic (Structural) Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Structural Engineering). Students will also undertake a year-long research project under the guidance of a supervisor in Columbia University.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Innovation Leadership CVEN40390
Civil Engineering Systems CVEN40690
Water Engineering CVEN40700
Geotechnics 3 CVEN40720
Design of Structures 2 CVEN40780
Quantitative Methods for Engineers STAT40690

Stage 1 - Option
Advanced Air Pollution BSEN40110
Environmental Engineering CHEN40010
Design of Structures 3 CVEN40050
Transport Modelling CVEN40060
Water & Wastewater Treatment Processes CVEN40070
Hydraulic Engineering Design CVEN40080
Bridge Engineering CVEN40120
Geotechnics 4 CVEN40210
Engineering Design Project CVEN40500
Water Waste and Environmental Modelling CVEN40570
Highway Engineering CVEN40710
Professional Work Experience CVEN40730
Professional Engineering (Finance) MEEN30140
Professional Engineering (Management) MEEN40430
Technical Comms (Online) MEEN40820
Statistical Machine Learning STAT30270

Entry requirements

- An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in civil engineering or equivalent.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent. As this is a new programme please refer all on to college.

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

ME Civil Engineering (D) FT (T308)
Duration 2 Years Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


2 years full-time.

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Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
There are excellent job opportunities for graduates of this dual master's programme in civil engineering design and construction, damage assessment and disaster relief, working in the developing work as engineers with NGOs, project management and site management. Established civil engineering employers with a presence in both Ireland, the US and around the world include Arup, Jacobs and AECOM.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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