Engineering - Civil Sturctural & Environmental Engineering

ME Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
This programme prepares graduates to work as professional engineers in the broad field of infrastructural design, construction and management. Graduates will satisfy the academic requirements for the title of Chartered Engineer. You can chose a specialisation either in civil, structural or environmental engineering and as such the range of module options are extensive. The programme is delivered by a culturally diverse group of internationally renowned academic staff as part of a highly research intensive School which continually responds and evolves, so that the significant challenges of the 21st century can be met.

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

Vision and Values Statement
This is a two year professionally accredited taught post-graduate programme suited to Civil Engineering graduates with appropriate prior learning at the level of a BSc. The programme provides advanced learning in the fields of Civil, Structural and Engineering. Your ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex Civil Engineering problems is further developed. A significant research project enables you to develop skills to design and conduct experiments and to apply standard and specialised research tools and methods of enquiry to solve problems in new and emerging relevant areas of Civil Engineering infrastructure. These skills are key attributes for lifelong learning and continued professional development in an ever evolving society. While specifically addressing learning outcomes required for a career in Civil Engineering your numerate and problem solving skills will also provide access to professional careers in other engineering disciplines, business, finance, policy development and project management amongst others. The learning experience includes approximately two semesters of lectures, tutorials, studio work and group project work, with an eight month work placement in industry and an individual research project making up the balance. Assessment is by a combination of end-of-semester examinations and continuous assessment which takes the form of individual assignments, practical laboratory work and group projects for taught modules. These are complemented by leadership roles in modules for undergraduate students, and a series of presentations, a written thesis, and an oral examination for your research project. While testing your academic ability this assessment strategy also provides learning in the requisite written, oral, multimedia communication and leadership skills required of a professional engineer.

Student Internships
The Professional Work Experience (PWE) module is incorporated into the two-year Masters of Engineering Programme and is designed to integrate a student's academic and career interests with practical work experience for a 6-8 month period.

The module provides students with the perfect opportunity to gain increased experience and understanding of their chosen field. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Introduction to Transportation and Traffic EngineeringCVEN30110
Innovation LeadershipCVEN40390
Civil Engineering SystemsCVEN40690
Water EngineeringCVEN40700
Geotechnics 3CVEN40720
Design of Structures 2CVEN40780

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
Innovation Leadership CVEN40390
Engineering Design Project CVEN40500
Water Waste and Environmental Modelling CVEN40570
Civil Engineering Systems CVEN40690
Geotechnics 3 CVEN40720
Professional Work Experience CVEN40730
Case Studies CVEN40760
Design of Structures 2 CVEN40780
Professional Engineering (Finance) MEEN30140
Technical Comms (Online) MEEN40820
Statistical Machine Learning STAT30270

Stage 2 - Core
Introduction to Transportation and Traffic Engineering CVEN30110
Water Engineering CVEN40700
Highway Engineering CVEN40710
Engineering Research Project CVEN40750
Professional Engineering (Management) MEEN40430
Quantitative Methods for Engineers STAT40690

Stage 2 - Option
Realising Built Projects ARCT40030
Waste Management BSEN30240
Life Cycle Assessment BSEN30360
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
Structural Dynamics CVEN40550
Water Waste and Environmental Modelling CVEN40570
Advanced Materials CVEN40610
Analysis of Structures 3 CVEN40770
Environmental Impact Assessment ENVB40040
Measurement & Instrumentation MEEN30040
Professional Engineering (Finance) MEEN30140
Computational Continuum Mechanics I MEEN40050
Technical Comms (Online) MEEN40820
Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning PLAN40220
Statistical Machine Learning STAT30270

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) in a Civil or Structural Engineering discipline with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence.

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.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

Application dates

ME Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering FT (T298)
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.


ME Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering (T298) Full Time
EU fee per year - €7830
nonEU fee per year - €24800

***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
Graduates from the programme will find employment as engineers in the private sector (e.g. engineering consultancy, engineering design, project management, civil engineering contractors), in the public sector (e.g. local government, higher education sector), and in the non-governmental sector (e.g., environmental advocacies, NGO's), or may wish to pursue further qualifications (e.g., PhD, MBA) to become even more specialised.

Graduates will be equipped with the skills that allow them to be "lifelong learners", whether in the pursuit of knowledge for personal use or in connection with their engineering careers. Employers of civil, structural and environmental engineers include commercial firms, engineering consultancies, government agencies, and non-governmental organisations, all well known in Ireland and many with global operations. Some of these include: RPS Group, Nicolas O'Dwyer, EPA, Local Authorities, AECOM, SISK, Arup.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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