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Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Engineering (Common Entry) - LM116

Course code:
4 Years

Course leader:
Michael Quilligan
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 202822

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus


About You

This course will be particularly attractive to you if you are interested in the application of scientific and technical knowledge to the solution of real world problems.

Why Study Civil Engineering at UL?

The Civil Engineering programme at UL is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland and uses a student-centered approach to teaching, using techniques such as problem based learning and active learning. In year one (common entry programme), you will develop your ability to work as part of a team, to plan and present, to undertake research and to apply your knowledge. Entry route to Civil Engineering at UL is via LM116 Engineering Common Entry.

Civil engineering is a broad field of engineering dealing with the design, planning, construction and maintenance of fixed structures or public works as they are related to earth, water, or civilization and their processes. Most civil engineering today deals with structures, roads, bridges, railways, water supply, transportation and traffic, waste water, protection of the environment, flood control and power plants.

Three short videos describing the programme are available at www.ul.ie/civileng 

Civil engineering at UL is built around a ‘learning-by-doing’ process and focuses on three areas:

- Water and the Environment

- Energy in Civil Engineering

- Buildings & Infrastructure

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 be part of the LM116 Bachelor of Engineering Common Entry programme where you will develop broad engineering skills while receiving insights into the different engineering disciplines. In the spring semester students interested in Civil Engineering will undertake a ‘learning by doing’ project where you will be tasked with designing and building a large scale structure. Starting with a blank whiteboard you will work in teams to develop your ideas which you will then build and test at the end of the semester.

In year two you will work in small teams to solve a variety of 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 three you will get a real experience of being an engineer when you take a multi-storey library (or similar structure) 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.

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.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2 Summer
MA4001 Engineering Maths 1 MA4002 Engineering Maths 2  
ME4111 Engineering Mechanics 1 ME4112 Engineering Mechanics 2  
AR4041 Assembly & Techniques 1 AR4042 Assembly and Techniques 2  
AR4021 Representation / Drawing 1 AR4022 Representation & Drawing 2  
PH4011 Physics for Engineers 1 PH4012 Physics for Engineers 2  
CH4001 Chemistry MT4002 Materials 1  


Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4 Summer
MA4003 Engineering Maths 3 MA4004 Engineering Maths 4  
CS4033 Modelling Analysis of Fluid Systems CE4034 Building Energy Systems  
CE4003 Fluid Mechanics CE4004 Mechanics of Solids  
MT4023 Materials 2 WT4014 Introduction to Geology & Soil Mechanics  
CE4013 Structural Analysis CE4014 Hydrology & Water Engineering  
CE4023 Design Studio 1 CE4024 Structural Steel & Timber Design  


Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
CE4005 Structural Theory CO4320 Cooperative Education CO4330 Cooperative Education
CE4015 Soil Mechanics      
CE4045 Professional Practice      
ER4507 Effluent Control Waste Management      
CE4035 Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Design      


Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer
CE4007 Water Management Systems CE4048 Geotechnical Engineering Design  
CE4017 Project 1 CE4018 Project 2  
WT4507 Forensic Engineering Ethics CE4025 Transport Planning Design  
    CE4028 Energy Efficient Buidlings: Modelling Design  
  Electives   Electives  
ER4417 Environmental Impact Assessment ER4508 Pollution Control 2: Waste Management  
CE4027 Advanced Structures ME4616 Finite Element Analysis  
WT4707 Construction Technology Management 4 CE4058 Project Planning Control for the Built Environment  
CE4047 Wind, Ocean Hydro Energy MT4038 Failure, Damage Life Prediction  
    EP4408 Small Business Consulting

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement. We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

For Further information and sample exam papers, click here

Careers open to you with a degree in Civil Engineering include;

  • Civil/Structural Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Traffic/motorway Engineer

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.

Follow-on Study

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

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Graduate Profile

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.

Student Profile

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-inact The Siege of Limerick at King John’s castle. What better way of learning about timber design can there be?