Engineering - Structural Engineering - Cork Campus

Structural Engineering is the science and art of designing civil engineering facilities so that they can safely resist the forces to which they may be subjected. All structures from bridges to buildings, harbours to airports, must be able to meet these requirements. Structural Engineers aim to design these structures with safety, economy and elegance.

The programme of study is designed to progress your qualifications in the following ways:

Deepen your technical knowledge, skills and competences in the specialised field of Structural Engineering;

Prepare you to undertake the Institution of Structural Engineers Professional Practice Examination by developing your structural analysis and design skills to an appropriate level;

Develop your ability to carry out in depth research in a chosen field of Engineering, to draw conclusions from the research and present research findings;

Broaden your knowledge in other areas such as Sustainability and Project Management;

You will have achieved the new educational standard required for the title Chartered Engineer.

The Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering programme aims to develop advanced analytical, design and research skills in Structural Engineering. Graduates of this programme will be well equipped to meet the challenges of the modern Structural Engineering industry, providing and protecting the physical infrastructure that underpins society; in this context a broad range of infrastructure is addressed.

The programme provides an excellent platform for those intending to undertake the Institution of Structural Engineers Professional Practice Examination and it also allows the student to attain the educational standard required for Chartered Engineer status through an Engineers Ireland accredited programme.

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

The elective modules afford the learner the opportunity to broaden his/her skills set in other disciplines or to deepen his/her skills set in structural engineering. The elective modules offered in any given year are delivered subject to demand and resource availability.

Semester 1
Advanced Structural Design Office (10 ECTS)
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
Computational Solid Modelling
Engineering Research Skills
Sustainability in Engineering

Semester 2
Structural Engineering
Bridge Engineering
Infrastructure/Special Structures
Project Development

Fire Safety Engineering
Engineering Project Management
Infrastructure Asset Management
Prestressed Concrete and Masonry Design
Advanced Hydro & Flood Control
Advanced Water Engineering
Advanced Municipal Wastewater Treatment
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Strategic Business Management
Managing Innovation
Leadership & Change Management

Semester 3
Project Realisation (30 ECTS)

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Advance Entry:
Part-time studies Holders of existing Level 8 qualifications in Civil, Structural or Environmental Engineering are eligible to apply for advanced entry to Year 4 or Year 5 of the programme. Applications are assessed on a case by case basis to determine the stage of entry (direct to Year 5, to Year 5 post Bridging Studies, or direct to Year 4).

Application dates

EU Applicants - Full-time Mode of Delivery Deadline 31st May

Non-EU Applicants - Full-time/Part-Time Mode of Delivery Deadline 31st May

Non EU Applicants (Full-time)
You will need to upload evidence of your English language ability with the application. Students are required to produce a Study Visa from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform for the course for which they have applied. For conditions attached to acquiring this please refer to the following website:

Applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply online' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.


M.Eng.: 90 ECTS


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Modules in Year 5 of the programme are timetable on a Friday afternoon and one other evening per week on a two-year rotational basis – this enables the completion of Year 5 modules on a part-time basis over a two-year period. Subject to demand, similar timetable arrangements may apply to Year 4 modules where these are required for Bridging Studies as part of advance entry to the programme.

Please click below for details of the draft delivery schedule for 2021/22 and 2022/23.


Full-time: EU Applicants €5,000
Part Time: EU Applicants €7,000
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

Post Course Info

Suitably qualified graduates in Structural Engineering may proceed to a research programme leading to a PhD Degree.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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