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Civil Engineering

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ , Credits 240 )
Civil Engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. It includes the design of bridges, buildings, roads and dams, and works relating to management of our water resources. The work of civil engineers is evident all around us and their contribution to society is huge. This work incorporates environmental protection; large-scale construction projects; ensuring the provision of safe drinking water; designing and implementing strategies for treating wastewater and pollutants; development of transport infrastructure; flood prevention; and the analysis of foundations for different ground conditions.

Skills for meeting these requirements are developed in UCD Civil Engineering, in core areas of structural design, water and environmental engineering, transport and geotechnical (soil and foundation) engineering.
For more information regarding this course, please click School of Civil Engineering

How do I apply?

For EU students, please apply via MyUCD. The following entry route(s) are available:
Description ENTRY Duration Application Opening Date APPURL
Civil Engineering(NUS1) - Undergraduate Degree (Non EU) Entry in
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from -
Oct 2019
Civil Engineering(NUS1) - Access Progression Pathway Entry in
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from -
Feb 2020

First Year

Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:

  • Chemistry
  • Creativity in Design
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physics


Second to Fifth Year

Areas of study for Civil Engineering include:

  • Theory, Design & Analysis of Structures
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Treatment Processes for Water & Wastewater
  • Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction Materials & Practice
  • Transportation Engineering


A student’s week involves attending lectures, tutorials, participating in laboratory classes and undertaking project and design exercises, both individually and in teams. Coursework is continually assessed but modules also include end-of-semester written examinations.

Click below to for all course modules:

Civil EngineeringNUS1

Graduates can find employment in:

  • Environmental industries
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water resource and hydraulic engineering
  • Management and project management
  • Financial services
  • Research

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME programme. Eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following employers: AECOM, Arup, ESB, Malone O’Regan, O’Connor Sutton Cronin, Roughan & O’Donovan, and RPS Group.

Graduates can also apply for taught and research master’s in UCD, including Civil Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Engineering with Business. Graduates can also apply for positions in PhD research programmes.

Opportunities to date have included:

  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA
  • “My aim had always been to do my university education in Europe. After research and elimination, I arrived at a decision between London and Dublin, and chose Dublin. UCD is ranked as the best university in Ireland for engineering and getting a part scholarship on academic merit added to the draw, and therefore my decision. This is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life, and if I had to do it over, I would definitely choose UCD again. I haven’t looked back once. The kind of exposure and learning across all aspects it has given me is unprecedented.” 

    Keerthana Sethuraman - Graduate, India