BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)Sustainable Civil Engineering

Full Time
Cork Road
2 years
120 ECTS

What is Sustainable Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineers are increasingly working to achieve safe and sustainable development in a cost-effective, environmentally protective and socially responsible manner. They utilise engineering principles to enhance the built and natural environment, and contribute to environmental protection and remediation, water conservation, environmental biotechnology, materials and infrastructure development.

The completion of a civil engineering project involves the solution of technical problems from which the cooperation among professionals of many different disciplines is needed. From conceptual design to forensic study of failed performance, civil engineers need the mathematical, scientific and computational tools to solve problems associated with developing and sustaining a civilised community. Central to the current and future civil engineering profession is the core issue of ‘sustainability’.

What is the BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering course?

This honours degree course is at NQAI Level 8 and has been designed to produce graduates who can successfully operate as civil engineers in the future Irish and global engineering and construction industry. The overall context to the course is the key theme of ‘sustainability’. The graduates will be conscious of the vital influence that civil engineers will increasingly have on achieving the various sustainability targets at national, EU and international levels. The course is accredited by Engineers Ireland, meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

The course is designed in a modular format to facilitate integration with other engineering and built environment courses. It will be offered in the full-time mode but the modular structure enhances the flexibility in the methods by which the course can be delivered and taken. The full-time course is of two years duration with each year divided into two semesters. Integral to the course is a six month industrial placement where students acquire industry experience relevant to their programme of study. Students undertake placement with building and civil engineering contractors, engineering design offices and specialist contractors. Students develop skills relevant in the workplace and gain an appreciation of business and industry practice.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Structural AnalysisMathematical Modelling
Civil Engineering Mathematics 6Research Methods
Statistics for ScientistsEnergy Performance of Buildings 2
Geotechnical Engineering 1Placement 1
Construction Technology Systems
Clean Energy Technologies
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Structural Analysis & DesignStructural Design
HydraulicsGeotechnical Engineering 2
Project & Corporate ManagementHydrology for Sustainability
Sustainable EnergyProfessional Practice
Placement 2Innovative Technologies

Applicants should have:

  •  Successfully completed a Level 7 civil engineering course, or equivalent, in Ireland

  • Either an average of 70% or greater in the Mathematics module/subject in the Award year or have passed the relevant Mathematics Entry Examination. Details of the Mathematics Entry Examination are available from [email protected]

  • applications from international applicants with the equivalent qualifications are also invited

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This course commenced in 2010 and it is expected that it will be well regarded by industry, both in Ireland and internationally. Having a civil engineering qualification that has sustainability as its core theme should enable graduates to undertake a variety of design and construction roles in the future civil engineering industry.

Follow on Study

The graduates from the BEng [Honours] in Sustainable Civil Engineering will be equipped with the necessary skills to undertake post-graduate studies (NQAI Levels 9 and 10) and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities. These studies include taught courses such as the MSc in Construction Project Management at WIT or MEng/PhD Research.

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