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Civil Engineering – BEng

  • CAO Points: 228

  • Campus: Athlone

  • years: 3


Course Overview

Civil Engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and built environment. Civil Engineers play an essential role in solving some of the most pressing problems facing humanity, including concerns about planning, transport, energy and the environment.
A career in Civil Engineering allows graduates to make a real contribution to improving peoples everyday lives by planning, designing, constructing and managing large-scale building projects, from roads to skyscrapers, hospitals to wind farms and airports to sea ports.
Civil engineers are at the forefront of meeting the challenges of climate change by developing sustainable materials and construction methods, improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, and developing structures such as flood defences, green/passive buildings, energy harvesting plants, etc. This means that the industry is fast-moving and evolving rapidly with the needs of society.
This degree programme is delivered by a committed, highly qualified faculty with up to date industrial experience and a growing reputation for excellence in research, meaning you will be exposed to the very latest developments in the field.

This programme offers a rich learning experience in state of the art facilities. As a civil engineer, your work will require a diverse skill set, so the course has been designed to ensure you have the cutting edge knowledge to tackle complex problems in areas such as structures, materials, geotechnics, water, management, traffic and environmental engineering.
Modules are delivered in an exciting and challenging blend of tutorials, laboratories and lectures. Assessment is broad-based, employing reports, design projects, presentations, posters, interviews, exams, etc all aligned to real world examples and situations.
Integral to the programme is an extended Industrial Placement, which offers invaluable ‘hands on’ experience in civil engineering companies, while research projects can be conducted alongside postgraduates and research active staff/companies. Several have led to papers being published in journals and presented at international conferences.

Contact Details

Alan Duffy

Head of Department

Email: Alan.Duffy@tus.ie

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of a grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the leaving certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English of Irish).

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

Course Modules

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

  • Soil Mechanics & Technology 1

  • Surveying 1

  • Building Information Modelling 1

  • Structural Engineering 1

  • Mechanics 1

  • Engineering Mathematics 2

  • Soil Mechanics & Technology 2

  • Surveying 2

  • Structural Engineering 2

  • Building Information Modelling 2

  • Commercial Construction Technology 1

  • Engineering Materials 1

  • Engineering Mathematics 3

  • Structural Analysis and Design 1

  • Environmental Engineering and Hydraulics 1

  • Geotechnical Engineering 1

  • Fluid Mechanics

  • Engineering Mathematics 4

  • Structural Analysis and Design 2

  • Environmental Engineering and Hydraulics 2

  • Construction Management

  • Engineering Materials 2

  • Geotechnical Engineering 2

  • Engineering Mathematics 5

  • Hydraulics 2

  • Structural Design 3

  • Structural Analysis 3

  • Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics 1

  • Mechanics of Solids 1

  • Environmental Engineering

  • Mathematical Modelling For Engineers

  • Hydraulics 3

  • Highway Design 1

  • Structural Design 4

  • Structural Analysis 4

What can you do after this programme?

With a degree in Civil Engineering you are open to a range of career opportunities in both the public and private sector. Whether it be in supervisory or design capacity, your specialist knowledge is of value to civil engineering contractors and civil/structural/environmental engineering consultants. Furthermore, national and local government agencies in areas of water supply, road/bridge design and maintenance, building regulations compliance and assessment of engineering material compliance all require graduates with the qualification standard this programme provided. In particular the emergence of Building Information Technology (BIM) as the cornerstone to all engineering projects means graduates can now pursue the career of BIM coordinator for companies operating on both the supply and delivery side of the engineering process.

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 8 Honours Degree in Civil Engineering at TUS.

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