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Engineering - Information Technology in Architecture Engineering & Construction

In the MEngSc Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (Bauinformatik) you will learn how to apply computer science technologies to sustainable design, facilities management, energy management, and construction management.

The course is designed for professionals as well as young graduates from all computer science and engineering disciplines who want to improve their knowledge of customising information and communication technologies to support the design, commissioning and operation of civil engineering systems.

The course addresses the increasing need for engineers and architects with advanced knowledge and skills in the application of information and communication technologies to support sustainable design and operation of buildings and energy systems, facilities management, virtual construction, building information modelling (BIM) and structural engineering.

Lecturers are broadcast through the web, and can be attended either in UCC or from a remote location. Experts from six European universities contribute their knowledge to the course.

Course Practicalities
The course can be taken on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) basis with an option to complete at postgraduate diploma level. Lectures are broadcast using web-technology and can be attended either in UCC, in your home, or at your workplace. The majority of lectures are scheduled outside normal working hours. Block seminars consisting of full-day events are available once a month during academic periods. The course requires the completion of two projects, but can be combined with a work placement. A minor thesis contribution begins when all taught modules are completed successfully and involves four months of research work.

Unique Aspects of the Course
The MEngSc ITinAEC addresses the increased need for engineers with an in-depth knowledge of how to efficiently deploy information technologies to support their work. It is one of the few courses in Ireland offered in collaboration with experts from European universities. All lectures are broadcast using web-technology. The majority of lectures and seminars are delivered after work hours, enabling employed engineers to participate on a part-time basis. Projects can be organised in combination with a work placement or can address ‘real-world problems’ identified by your current employer. This course was Engineers Ireland course of the year in 2014 and is currently an Engineers Ireland Accredited programme.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a BE (Hons) or BEng (Hons) or a Second Class Honours degree in Computer Science. The minimum grade is 2H2 or equivalent. However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications and suitable experience may be accepted (e.g. finalized 8th semester of Dipl.-Ing. Curriculum) subject to the approval of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Additionally, candidates whose mother tongue is not English must provide evidence of competence in English by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English Language test (TOEFL or IELTS). Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 Year full-time; or 2 Years part-time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Recent publications report that a shortage of engineers has been identified by professional bodies across the European Union. In the UK and Germany alone, it is predicted that approximately 2,500 engineering positions need to be filled on an annual basis over the next five years (2012 to 2016). It is expected that employable candidates have an excellent background in how to efficiently exploit IT tools in order to execute engineering tasks in the most efficient but also in an interdisciplinary way. This course addresses the need for interdisciplinary expertise and skills in engineering, energy management and computer science.

Placement and Study Abroad Information
During the spring teaching period (January to March) students get the opportunity to work on two projects: Software Engineering and IT for Energy in Buildings. Project topics can be either directed towards a research career, running in parallel with ongoing research projects being supervised and mentored by PhD-students, or towards a professional career, working on a topic set in agreement with the current or a potential employer and being supervised by a researcher. After successful completion of these two projects it is possible to progress with a continuative topic in the minor thesis combined with a work placement.

Starting Salaries:
Starting salaries for MEngSc graduates in engineering firms range from €30,000 to €36,000 per annum. Knowledge regarding future technologies is always counted as an additional benefit to secure employment.

Further enquiries

Marguerite Reardon
Executive Assistant
T: +353 (0)21 420 5400

Subjects taught

You will get hands-on experience in planning, customising, and maintaining state-of-the-art software systems for the needs of the AEC and FM sectors with an emphasis on complex engineering systems such as smart buildings. The course consists of four pillars:

- the acquisition of new knowledge and practical skills in selected engineering disciplines

- the acquisition of knowledge and skills in selected areas of computer science

- the application of the newly-acquired knowledge in two projects

- the development and submission of a minor research thesis.

In the first teaching period students acquire knowledge of:
- Smart Buildings, Facilities and Energy Management
- Software Engineering
- Knowledge Management or Computer Mediated Communication.

In the first teaching period students acquire knowledge of:

- Building Information Modelling (BIM), Data Warehousing, and E-business

-Virtual Construction, Automation in Construction or Finite Element Analysis (electives)

The two projects focus on:
- Software Engineering
- Information Technology for Energy Systems in Buildings.

The course is based on the principle of research-led teaching, i.e. project work will be based on practical examples. Researchers and PhD students from UCC will be involved in mentoring and supervising assignments and projects. On completion of the course, you will be extremely attractive to employers who need engineering with a strong IT-background, working in the following areas:

- civil and energy-engineering consultancy
- facilities management
- energy service provision (ESCO)
- construction management
- building operations
- software engineering
- project management.

You will develop skills in:
- applying information modelling
- software engineering
- data processing
- data analysis techniques
- facilities and energy management
- structural analysis
- project and supply chain management in construction.

Assessment method

Modules focusing on the acquisition of new knowledge are assessed by written exams (60%), in combination with continuous assessment (assignments – 40%). Modules focusing on skills-development or knowledge transfer are assessed through the submission of reports or essays in combination with presentations. Projects are usually organised in groups. They are assessed through continuous assessment (team meetings, status review meetings) and a final report complemented by a final presentation. You must pass each module (40%) and achieve an average grade of 50% across all taught modules in order to be eligible to progress with the master’s thesis.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,000 Full time, €4,000 Part time per year

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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