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Civil Engineering MSc

Course Details

Duration: I Year FT

Award: Postgraduate

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr Pat Walsh
Address:
School of Engineering
Email:
Pat.Walsh@UL.ie
Tel:
+353 61 233716

Brief Description

The M.Sc. in Civil Engineering provides training in advanced topics in civil engineering. The programme has been tailored to meet the needs of the civil engineering sector, which requires graduates with high-level skills in design, analysis and communication. In addition, the course is designed to fulfil the requirements of Engineers Ireland for a Master’s degree in an engineering discipline as the minimum educational standard for Chartered Engineer status. The accreditation process for this new programme will proceed in the normal way.

The M.Sc. in Civil Engineering provides training in advanced topics in civil engineering. The programme has been tailored to meet the needs of the civil engineering sector, which requires graduates with high-level skills in design, analysis and communication. In addition, the course is designed to fulfil the requirements of Engineers Ireland for a Master’s degree in an engineering discipline as the minimum educational standard for Chartered Engineer status. The accreditation process for this new programme will proceed in the normal way.

Graduates of the programme are highly employable, both nationally and internationally, across numerous civil engineering sub discipline areas including environmental and energy engineering; geotechnical engineering; structural engineering; water resources engineering; engineering for sustainability, and construction management.

OBJECTIVES

  • To identify ethical, social and professional responsibilities and dilemmas faced by contemporary civil engineers with specific emphasis on sustainability and climate change.
  • To develop project planning and management strategies to provide solutions within a fixed time-frame.
  • To undertake a research project on a specific problem at the forefront of civil engineering; formulate feasible solutions, and present results as a technical paper and as an audio visual presentation.
  • To identify limitations of existing knowledge and capabilities and the avenue available for professional development
  • To demonstrate familiarity with research methods, key academic, technical and professional sources of information, and approaches to validating research data and outcomes for topics of emerging concern for civil engineers.

 

The programme spans a single academic year (three  semesters) and requires full time attendance on campus.
The programme outline is provided below.   For the first two semesters students will study a mandatory set of core subjects and a suite of optional advanced subjects (technical and non-technical electives).   Students will engage in a single research project over all three semesters with submission of a research project (thesis) at the end of semester 3.
Research in the School focuses on a wide range of challenges across society where civil engineers contribute solutions and knowledge generation in the areas of environmental and energy engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water and waste water engineering, and transport engineering.  The School also has links to the Bernal institute which is a leading research institute.
To graduate from the programme, a student must accumulate 90 credits, comprising 51 credits of taught modules and 39 credits of research work, as outlined in the table below.  Credit may be given for prior learning, in agreement with the Course Director

 

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Research Project (3 credits) Research Project (6 credits) Research Project (30 credits)
Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers (3 credits)    
Plus three technical electives* (each 6 credits) to be chosen from:
Wind, Ocean & Hydro Energy
Engineering for net zero carbon
Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Advanced Mechanics of Solids
Finite Element Analysis
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Plus three technical electives* (each 6 credits) to be chosen from:
Integrated Pollution Management
Advanced Structures
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
Fracture Mechanics
Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
 
Plus one non-technical elective
Establishing International Ventures
Plus one non-technical elective
International Business Consulting
 

* An elective module may not run if there are insufficient numbers

The minimum entry requirement to the programme is a 2:2, (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, or closely related field.

 

WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION:

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)

    A copy of your birth certificate/passport

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

 

Graduates of the programme are highly employable, both nationally and internationally, across numerous civil engineering sub discipline areas including environmental and energy engineering; geotechnical engineering; structural engineering; water resources engineering; engineering for sustainability, and construction management.

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