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Civil, structural, and environmental engineering

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR032
  • No. of Places: 175
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 470 points
  • Duration: 5 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.I., M.A.I. Optional: B.A.I. only
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • Course Options:

    Students who wish to study Civil, structural and environmental engineering apply to the Engineering degree (TR032). The first two years are common to all Engineering students and at the end of the second-year students select Civil, structural and environmental engineering as their specialist area.

    See TR032: Engineering (common entry programme) for details of the Freshman (first two) years.

  • How to apply: See how to apply

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What is Civil, structural and environmental engineering?

Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering is a very diverse and broad discipline. It offers graduates the chance to work in many different areas, including designing transport systems, looking after the environment, designing foundations for homes and buildings and designing many kinds of structures. Therefore, civil engineers are involved in every aspect of our lives. The skills needed to be a good civil engineer are a mathematical mind, a logical approach and good problem-solving abilities. In addition to these skills a civil engineer needs to be imaginative and inquisitive.


Environmental engineers design the systems that provide us with water for all purposes, manage our waste and deal with pollution in air, land or water. Environmental engineers also design ways of producing power from renewable resources and ensure that development happens in a sustainable way.


Structural engineering is a branch of engineering that might involve designing a tower, a building, a bridge, a stadium or a mooring system for an offshore structure. Structural engineers have to ensure that a building is safe for the area that it is built in and for the purpose for which it is intended. It must also be economical and have a minimum impact on the environment.


The planning and monitoring of our various transport systems, from cycling to high-speed railways, all come under the brief of the transport engineer. Not only does traffic have to be controlled; understanding the decisions that travellers make, enables the engineer to influence users to make better choices for the environment and for each other.

What will you study?

In the Junior Sophister (third) year, Senior Sophister (fourth) year and M.A.I. (fifth) year, students are offered modules in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Transportation. More information can be found at:

A significant amount of teaching takes place in the laboratory, and the course involves a lot of project work. In the Junior Sophister (third) year, students undertake site visits to civil engineering works and areas of geological interest nationally. There is also a one-week technical visit to an international location. Recent trips have included visits to Paris and Barcelona.

The Senior Sophister (fourth) year project is a small group project working on a major infrastructure design with some individual design element to it. There is also the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry or with a research group or to participate in the Unitech or Cluster programmes.

The optional fifth year allows students to study toward the Master’s degree qualification with a more advanced level of treatment of topics.

Study abroad

In their fourth year, students get the chance to study in Europe as part of the Erasmus, Cluster or Unitech programmes.

Career opportunities

In addition to working in the traditional areas of engineering such as construction, design and transport management, civil engineers are often employed in the banking industry, in law firms and in business areas. The numerical and problem-solving skills and expertise that civil engineers have are broad based and make them very attractive employees to many different industries.

Further information

Tel: + 353 1 896 1457


Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3 Mathematics
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C Mathematics