Civil Engineering (CIVIL @ UL)

Civil Engineering at the University of Limerick (CIVIL @ UL) is one of the leading civil engineering education programmes in Ireland. We use a learning-by-doing approach to prepare the next generation of engineers to design and implement sustainable solutions to the many pressing physical development problems facing society.

Civil Engineering - "The art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man"

Entry Routes

Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick

Course Highlights

Level 8 Honours Degree

Student-centred learning

Team projects

8-month work placement

Great employment opportunities

Strong links with industry

Accredited by Engineers Ireland

Civiil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick

Entry Routes

LM 085 Civil Engineering (Direct Entry)

LM 116 Engineering Choice *

* Students can enter Civil Engineering in the second half of Year 1

Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick

Entry Routes

LM 116 Engineering

Students can enter Civil Engineering in the second half of Year 1

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Why Study Civil Engineering at
University of Limerick?

About University of Limerick

The University is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 133 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and working environment. The University of Limerick campus is located 5km from Limerick City and 20km from Shannon International Airport.

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Why Study Civil Engineering at University of Limerick?

The Civil Engineering programme at UL uses a student-centred approach to teaching, using techniques such as problem based learning and active learning. From year one of the programme, you will develop your ability to work on a team, to plan and present, to undertake research and to apply your knowledge.

Student Perspective

Here one of our students, at the time a first-year, describes why he chose to study civil engineering at UL. He talks about some of first year modules and the main Year 1 showcase, the Bridge Design and Build project.

Civil Engineering at the University of Limerick (CIVIL @ UL) is one of the leading civil engineering education programmes in Ireland. We use a learning-by-doing approach to prepare the next generation of engineers to design and implement sustainable solutions to the many pressing physical development problems facing society.

To achieve this goal, our degree programme is built around the thematic areas of:

about civil engineering

Autumn Semester

  • Module AR4021 - Drawing & Representation 1
  • Module AR4041 - Assembly and Techniques 1
  • Module CE4001 - Engineering Mechanics 1
  • Module MA4001 - Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Module CH4701 - General Chemistry 1
  • Module PH4011 - Physics for Engineers 1

Spring Semester

  • Module AR4022 - Drawing & Representation 2
  • Module MT4002 - Materials 1
  • Module AR4042 - Assembly and Techniques 2
  • Module CE4002 - Engineering Mechanics 2
  • Module MA4002 - Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Module PH4012 - Physics for Engineers 2
When you join the civil engineering team at UL, you learn to be an engineer from day one. Working in small teams, you will solve interesting problems. The challenges presented are open-ended and increase in complexity as you progress through the years. Your ingenuity and creativity are required to explore many viable solutions. Drawing from what you have learned and with the shared knowledge of your team, you will design, analyse and (in many cases) test your creations. Lectures are provided along the way to fill in gaps in your knowledge. In year one you will work on various tasks from rollercoaster design to the analysis, design and construction of a full scale bridge. You will also work closely with architecture students to learn how buildings are assembled and how to illustrate their construction via hand sketches and detailed drawings. This is accomplished through a series of site visits to various architectural and engineering structures in Limerick.

Autumn Semester

  • Module CE4023 - Design Studio
  • Module CE4033 - Modelling & Analysis of Fluid Systems
  • Module CE4003 - Fluid Mechanics
  • Module MT4023 - Materials 2
  • Module CE4014 - Hydrology & Water Engineering
  • Module MA4003 - Engineering Mathematics 3

Spring Semester

  • Module WT4014 - Introduction to Geology & Soil Mechanics
  • Module CE4034 - Building Energy Systems
  • Module CE4013 - Structural Analysis
  • Module CE4004 - Mechanics of Solids
  • Module CE4024 - Structural Steel & Timber Design
  • Module MA4004 - Engineering Mathematics 4
In year two you will learn how to design and construct earthen dams to protect structures from flood waters or detain rainwater to supply the university campus with an environmentally friendly supply of water. Heritage and cultural interests are incorporated at every opportunity. You will learn about the history of King John’s Castle as you design and construct timber siege towers in a re-enactment of the 1690 Siege of Limerick.

Autumn Semester

  • Module CE4045 - Professional Practice
  • Module CE4015 - Soil Mechanics
  • Module CE4035 - Reinforced Concrete & Masonry Design
  • Module CE4005 - Structural Theory
  • Module ER4507 - Effluent Control - Waste Management 1

Spring / Summer Semester

In year three you will get a real experience of being an engineer when you take a multistorey library (or similar structure) created by fourth year architectural students and engineer the design of the foundations and reinforced concrete frame, based on the results of your structural analysis. This project involves interaction with the design architect, land surveying, health & safety issues and forms the core of the first semester in year three. The project is followed by an eight-month Co-op placement with an engineering contractor/ consultant in Ireland or abroad.

Autumn Semester

  • Module CE4017 - Final Year Project 1
  • Module CE4007 - Water Management Systems
  • Module WT4507 - Forensic Engineering & Ethics
  • Electives (Choose One)
  • Module CE4047 - Wind, Ocean & Hydro Energy
  • Module WT4707 - Construction Technology & Management 3
  • Module ER4417 - Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Module CE4027 - Advanced Structures

Spring Semester

  • Module CE4018 - Final Year Project 2
  • Module CE4025 - Transport, Planning & Design
  • Module CE4048 - Geotechnical Engineering Design
  • Module CE4028 - Energy Efficient Buildings: Modelling & Design
  • Electives (Choose One)
  • Module CE4058 - Project Planning and Control for the Built Environment
  • Module ER4508 - Pollution Control 2 (Waste Management)
  • Module ME4616 - Finite Element Analysis
  • Module MT4038 - Failure, Damage and Life Prediction
  • Module EP4408 - Small Business Consulting
In year four you will learn about energy efficient buildings, wind energy and how to design water treatment systems. A unique feature of the programme is learning from the engineering mistakes of the past; in doing so, you will investigate actual engineering failures in collaboration with law students. As a student engineer, you will act as an expert witness in a moot court (simulation) and have your expert opinions tested through examination and cross examination by the student lawyers. Your final year project allows you to specialise in the area of civil engineering that intrigues you most. Clear and effective communication is an essential skill for the civil engineer and is carefully fostered in every project throughout the programme. You will develop verbal, written and poster presentation skills in addition to creating video documentaries, participating in a moot court and ethical debates, and you will also act as a technical guide to creative arts students on special projects.

From September 2017 onwards students wishing to enter the Civil Engineering course through the CAO must enter via LM116 Engineering.

In selecting LM116 Engineering, you will have to choose Biomechanical Engineering, Design and Manufacture Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering before the start of the second semester.

Modules in Semester 1 are designed to provide you with the basic knowledge this is required for each engineering programme / discipline listed above.





Science Subject *

Ordinary Level Grade





Higher Level Grade





Minimum CAO Points Entry: 405 (2015)

Other minimum requirements listed above.

Applicants require at least Grade C3 in Higher Level Mathematics and in any other higher level subject.

* Any one of the Science Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Design & Communication Graphics, Biology, Agricultural Science, Construction Studies, Technology or Applied Mathematics.

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick
Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick
Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick

Candidates seeking to transfer into Year 2 or 3 of the Civil Engineering programme apply though the UL Admissions office by mid-June each year. Applications are forwarded to the Course Director who makes decisions usually following an interview and in consultation with the Head of Department. The following criteria are used for candidates with Level 6 and Level 7 qualifications:

Transferees from Level 6 Certificate

Students from Level 6 Certificates in Civil Engineering at Distinction or Merit 1 may be accepted into Year 2 of the programme. In both cases, good results in numerate subjects are required and there must be available space on the program. The general practice for selection involves a review and short listing of applications received by the Admissions office. The short listing is undertaken by the Course Director and the Professor of Civil Engineering. Offers are then made following an informal interview with the short listed candidates.

Transferees from Level 7 Ordinary Degree

Students with Ordinary Degrees in Civil Engineering at Distinction and Merit 1 may be accepted into Year 3 of the programme. However, the eight month cooperative education placement for civil engineering follows the first semester of Year 3. As a result, the programme has been configured to incorporate many core discipline subjects in Year 2. The implication of this is level 7 transfer students may not have covered these topics to the required level of rigour in their previous education.

Transferees from Cognate Programmes

Applicants from related courses of study such as Construction Management and Architecture may be considered for a place in Year 2 subject to sufficient content overlap, and available space.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February. Click here

Alternatively, interested candidates can contact the Course Director by e-mail or telephone to discuss suitability.

Michael Quilligan
Phone: +353 (0) 61 202822

Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick
Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick
Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick

Direct entry is also possible for international students that successfully graduate their national examinations and meet a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. With respect to this, the Course Director liaises with the University Admissions Office for advice and confirmation of qualification equivalence.

Michael Quilligan
Phone: +353 (0) 61 202822

Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick
Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick
Civil Engineering Course at The Univeristy of Limerick
Civil engineering

The details of a career path can vary depending on market forces and the preference of the graduate. In some fields and in some firms, entry-level engineers work primarily monitoring construction in the field, serving as the “eyes and ears” of more senior design engineers; while in other areas, entry-level engineers perform routine analysis or design tasks.

The flexibility offered by the breadth and structure of the course will produce graduates with the diverse skills necessary to adapt to the demands and challenges of civil engineering practice in the 21st century. Career opportunities exist in areas of infrastructure, building, water resources, environmental and government agencies.

Graduates may elect to pursue further studies by undertaking master or doctoral degrees at the University of Limerick.

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James Long

As a child I was fascinated by buildings and bridges and I loved Engineering, Maths and Physics in school so Civil Engineering seemed like a perfect choice for me.

For anyone studying Engineering UL is a great place to be and the campus is home to some amazing works of engineering, including the award winning “Living Bridge” – the longest pedestrian bridge in Ireland.

The course itself is fantastic; like anything worth doing its hard work sometimes, but we’re constantly starting new and different projects. For instance we recently completed a design and build of a 6m tall timber siege tower. We used the siege platforms to re-enact The Siege of Limerick at King John’s castle. What better way of learning about timber design can there be?

Robert O'Callaghan

After completing my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at UL, I undertook a Masters in Structural Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Along with lectures, I have been working in a team of 20 students on the structural design of a 250m tall building in Seoul, South Korea.

This project was designed to be completed in the same manner as one would progress any such project in a design engineer’s office.

For the first semester I was chosen as overall team leader, and have no doubt that the skills and confidence I learned through UL's Problem Based Learning approach aided me greatly. Trying to coordinate and organise our team of 20 students with diverse backgrounds was one of our greatest challenges.

My course in UL gave me great experience of working within a team in a professional and self-organised manner. Such skills proved invaluable to me during this project, meaning that I was confident to seek out and utilise new information on my own. I feel that my innovative education in Civil Engineering at U.L. prepared me for my graduate education like no other.

Una O'Grady

I found the civil engineering course demanding and yet at the same time hugely engaging. The focus on group work and collaboration ethic certainly prepared me for the working world where cross functional projects are the norm. As a Business Analyst, I work with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders every day, whose needs have to be solicited, challenged, and carefully managed in order to deliver robust and valuable IT solutions.

There is also a heavy focus on applying analytical skills to real life problems throughout the course. I honed and enhanced my skills in dealing in complexity, developed in an engineering capacity, across diverse assignments and functional areas throughout my rotations on the Graduate Programme.

I believe the course lends itself well to both traditional civil engineering roles and non-traditional roles in areas like finance, IT and science. Having such diversity in my primary degree afforded me a number of really interesting opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise foreseen on leaving second level education.

Since graduating in 2012, I have been working for Gas Networks Ireland. I initially entered the company on their 2-year structured Graduate Programme. It was an intense and challenging experience which allowed me gain a broad view of the gas industry in Ireland. I completed 6-month rotation assignments within engineering, finance and IT / Business project management roles.

On finishing the programme, I commenced a new role working as a Business Analyst within the Gas Networks Ireland IT department. I work on projects which enhance the enterprise grade application that all gas shippers in Ireland utilise on a daily basis to move and account for all gas in Ireland. I work as part of an expert team of functional and technical analysts, and I have become the team’s subject matter expert in a number of critical processes already.

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