Engineering - Civil Engineering

ATU - Galway Campuses

Engineering - Civil Engineering

Higher Diploma in Engineering in Civil Engineering - Level 8
The registered professional title of Chartered Engineer (CEng) is becoming very important for graduate civil engineers.

The increasing regulation of the construction industry and the requirement to have competent engineering professionals (i.e. Chartered Engineers) to sign off on construction and civil engineering projects has led to employers seeking graduates who can reach Chartered Engineer status quickly.

Research has shown that the employment and salary prospects of Chartered Engineers are significantly improved in comparison to an untitled engineer.

Graduates from the existing 4-year level 8 degrees in the IoT/TU sector do not (typically) meet all the educational requirements (learning outcomes) for the direct pathway to Engineers Ireland's Chartered Engineer status. These graduates must currently follow a much longer experiential route.

This work-based programme developed in collaboration with Engineers Ireland and employers will allow graduates to meet the Engineers Ireland educational requirements such that students can apply for Chartered Engineer after a minimum of three years experience and an accredited Masters (Level 9).

Currently graduates must have ten years experience and apply through the experiential route.

Important Notice:
Shorter professional accreditation pathway as described above is subject to accreditation of the programme by Engineers Ireland.

Accreditation by Engineers Ireland for the programme will be sought after first delivery in September 2021.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Research Skills for Engineers
20 credits

Professional Civil Engineering Practice
40 credits

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
To qualify for entry to this programme an applicant must hold a Level 8 Civil Engineering qualification.
Applications will also be accepted from mature applicants who have worked at an appropriate level within the construction industry and who may gain entry by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Application dates

How to Apply
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Recognition of Prior Learning may be used to gain access to this programme in accordance with GMIT's Recognition of Prior Learning policy. For more information on the RPL Process, please visit


1 Year (September to September).
Method of Delivery: On Campus

The full 60 credit programme is completed over calendar year (September to September).

Because the students on this programme are in employment, a blended learning delivery mode will provide the flexibility for students to attend workshops in GMIT (face-to-face) or watch recordings of the workshops at a time that suits their work schedule. In addition, apart from the induction workshop which is held in GMIT, all other workshops/lectures will be delivered online so that students have the option to attend the lecture live or watch the recording. The blended learning approach will give students some control over the location, time and place of their studies.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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