Engineering - Road Engineering & Design

Course Summary
IT Sligo developed this blended on-line part time programme in collaboration with the Local Authority Services National Training Group (LASNTG) and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTaS). It is designed to provide applied and advanced learning and skills for engineers working in the roads services sector, in both public bodies and private companies.

The main aim to provide a Minor Award at Level 9 for learners who wish to complete specific learning relating to the engineering and design of public road and transportation schemes, facilities, and networks.

This programme is designed to facilitate Civil Engineering professionals working or intending to work in the road and land transport engineering and design sector to develop appropriate analytical, design and project management skills.

Successful completion of this part-time on-line postgraduate Certificate programme allows for the transfer of learners to the Postgraduate Diploma or MEng in Road and Transport Engineering, whereby the remaining Stage 1 taught modules and Research methods are taken by students to for the major award of a Postgraduate Diploma and, additionally, a Research Dissertation can be completed to attain the Master of Engineering award.

This programme consists of a blend of on-line theory lectures and group practical/project and workshop/guest lecture sessions designed to meet the academic and professional development requirements of local authority road services engineers and other engineers in the road and transport sector. Subject matter experts contribute to the delivery of the module and programme learning outcomes, so that the programme is current, relevant and a reflection of best practice for engineers in the road and bridge engineering area.

The Certificate consists of a part-time on-line blended learning single stage (year) programme, consisting of Semester 1 and 2, where the theme is road engineering and design.

Key Course Information
Note: Each module is equivalent to 5 ECTS credits. Modules are grouped into two semesters (Semester 1 and 2).

There is a requirement to attend the one/two full day on-campus workshops per semester with the number of workshops depending on the module requirements. Examinations are held in January and May and are available at one of three centres (IT Sligo/Dublin/Cork).

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title Credits
Geotechnical Engineering I 05
Drainage Systems Design and Flood Management 05
Road and Transport Scheme Design 05

Semester 2
Title Credits
Geotechnical Engineering II 05
Design of Bridge Structures 05
Project Management and Appraisal 05

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are a pass in a BEng Honours degree (Level 8) in Civil Engineering or a related discipline or equivalent. Other suitable applicants may be accepted for entry on successful completion of an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) evaluation process.

Application dates

Application Closing Date: 31st August 2022.


1 year part-time.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
The programme provides access routes for a student intake from a specific cohort of Civil Engineering graduates predominately from the public roads services sector and offers clear routes of progression through education.

This includes a specialised, relevant programme offering, differentiated through flexible modes of delivery, which promotes lifelong learning by practitioners within the road and transport industry.

This programme is industry and professionally relevant, and delivers the generic skills necessary for effective engagement in society. The programme was developed in conjunction with industry partners to ensure the curriculum remains focused on required knowledge, skills and competencies of engineers in the public roads services sector.

Further Study
The programme provides access by successful learners by transfer to one of our current major awards, PG Diploma or Masters in Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering at IT Sligo, to which this programme provides exemption for six modules (30 ECTS) for both postgraduate programmes.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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