Engineering - Environmental Structural & Geotechnical / Transport

Course Description
This is a one year full-time or two year part-time postgraduate course designed to provide graduate engineers with specialist understanding in one of: Environmental Engineering; Structural Engineering; or Transport Engineering. In addition, the course offers students the opportunity to obtain knowledge in complimentary subject areas within Civil Engineering.

Course Organisation: The MSc course can be undertaken as either a one year full-time or a two-year part-time postgraduate course.

The degree programme is divided into three parts: two semesters of taught courses (September - April inclusive) with an average of 18 lectures per week. A major dissertation is undertaken during the second half of the course (April - September inclusive).

It is possible to work full-time and do the course as a part-time option, providing you have the agreement of your employer.

Entry requirements

The entry criteria are an upper second honours degree (or equivalent) in a Civil Engineering or related degree. Relevant Industrial Experience may be taken into account in allocating places, where the course is oversubscribed.

Assessment Info

Examination of course modules and completion of a Major Dissertation.

Subjects taught

Course Content: Candidates must take twelve modules, namely the four mandatory modules (M1, M4, M5 and M3) together with at least four of their chosen specialisation and four other modules, which in total amounts to 90 ECTS.

In the first semester, candidates pursuing the course full-time must take mandatory modules, M1, M4, M5 and M3; along with four other modules selected from options (including at least two from their selected specialisation), listed below.

In the second semester, candidates pursuing the course full-time must take module M3 along with four other modules selected from options (including at least two from their selected specialisation), also listed below:

M1. Civil Engineering Management (10 ECTS)
M4. Engineering Project (5 ECTS)
M5. Research Methods 1 (5 ECTS)
M3. (Structural & Geotechnical / Environmental / Transport / Sustainable Energy) Engineering Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Environmental Engineering
E1. Hydrological Processes and Hydrometry (5 ECTS)
E3. Air Pollution (5 ECTS)
E4. Waste Management and Energy Recovery (5 ECTS)
E5. Water Quality and Hydrological Modelling (5 ECTS)
E6. Water Resource Planning and Climate Change (5 ECTS)
E7. Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation (5 ECTS)

Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
S1. Geotechnical Engineering (5 ECTS)
S2. Advanced Computation for Structures (5 ECTS)
S3. Wind and Earthquake Engineering (5 ECTS)
S4. Bridge Engineering (5 ECTS)
S5. Advanced Concrete Technology (5 ECTS)
S6. Offshore Geotechnical Engineering (5 ECTS)
S7. A Unified Theory of Structures (5 ECTS)
S8. Concrete Durability and Sustainability (5 ECTS)
S9. Advanced Theory of Structures (5 ECTS)

Transport Engineering, Policy and Planning
T1. Transportation Policy (5 ECTS)
T2. Transport Modelling and Planning (5 ECTS)
T4. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) (5 ECTS)
T5. Transport Design (5 ECTS)

Sustainable Energy Engineering
J1. Wind Energy (5 ECTS)
J2. Solar Energy Conversion Applications (5 ECTS)
J3. Building Energy Physics and Control (5 ECTS)
J4. Energy Policy and Building Energy Demand (5 ECTS)
J6. Wave and Hydro Energy (5 ECTS)

C4. Facade Engineering (5 ECTS)
C5. Advanced Spatial Analysis Using GIS (5 ECTS)

Some of the module options in either semester may be withdrawn from time to time and some new modules may be included, subject to demand. In addition to passing the prescribed examinations, each student must submit a dissertation on an approved topic relating to their chosen specialisation.

Part – Time Option: For candidates taking the course part-time over two years, during the first year, candidates take eight modules, namely: the mandatory modules:
• M1 – Civil Engineering Management
• M4 – Engineering Project
• M5 – Research Methods 1
along with five of the module options (including at least two from their chosen specialisation) which amount to 45 ECTS. By the end of the course, part-time candidates must have completed four mandatory modules (M1, M4, M5 and M3), at least four of their specialisation module options and four of the other options, amounting to a total of 90 ECTS credits.
The part-time option runs in parallel with the full-time course. Full and part-time students attend the same lectures which are typically scheduled Monday – Friday, 9-6pm. During the teaching periods, students taking the part-time option are typically required to attend 9-12 hours per week during Year 1 and 3-6 hours during Year 2.


1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

More details
  • Qualification letters

    M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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