Civil Engineering (BEng degree) (Level 7)

  • Course Code

    MT 731

  • Field of Study

    Civil & Structural Engineering

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Course Summary

Practical sessions are carried out to provide as much “hands on” experience as possible. Lectures are supplemented by tutorials, laboratory and field work. There is continuous assessment of reports, drawings and projects in addition to mid and end of module examinations. The Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering has active links with colleges in France, Germany, Finland and the Czech Republic and arranges student study exchanges with these colleges.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


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Some students who apply to MTU courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.


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Work Placement

At present, there is no direct work placement period in either of the courses. Students are encouraged to work in a relevant industry during their summer vacations. The Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering has links with similar colleges in France, Germany, Finland and the Czech Republic and arranges student study exchanges with these colleges.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Mathematics, English, Physics, Design and Communication Graphics, and Construction Studies.


Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering






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Recorded November 2021


MT 731 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork


Civil Engineering deals with one of the most visible signs of change and progress around us: the construction of new buildings and structures. New roads, rail-links, bridges and airports are always needed. New buildings are required for the public and private sectors and older buildings are redeveloped. Massive utilities for water supply, waste treatment and power generation require the skills of Civil Engineers. Civil Engineers are required to plan, design, construct and maintain these facilities.


This course is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland. Engineers Ireland represents all engineering disciplines in Ireland and is a member of Federation Europeene d’Associations Nationales d’Ingenieurs (FEANI) through which Irish engineers are recognised in Europe. Engineers Ireland is a signatory to the Sydney and Dublin Accords through which Irish engineers are recognised in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and UK.

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible for entry to year 3 of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering,

The above is the most common progression route for graduates wishing to pursue a career in civil/structural Engineering. However, a civil engineering qualification provides a broad range of skills and graduates successfully seek opportunities for further studies at honours bachelor degree level across a wide range of other cognate disciplines. For example, in recent years, some graduates of the programme have pursued further studies in MTU Bishopstown Campus, in

Question time

What do civil engineers do?
Civil engineering is the professional engineering discipline which deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of the built environment. This includes works such as buildings, roads, bridges, water treatment and supply, wastewater treatment, and harbour and coastal engineering works. In addition to the technical skills required for the above work a civil engineer will also have competencies in related fields such as project and asset management, and health and safety.


Why study civil engineering?
Civil engineers identify and analyse problems, and develop and implement solutions. In addition to technical skills, civil engineers have competences in related fields of project management and health and safety. Civil engineers work as individuals and in teams. The problem solving, solution implementation and management skills of civil engineers are applicable to a broad range of work environments and are valued by a wide range of employers.

What level of drawing is required for this course?
Prerequisite drawing studies are not required. Drawing skills are addressed in the programme modules on the assumption that the students have no prior knowledge or skills in the area.

Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Yes. Students who successfully complete year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering.

Graduate Profiles

Edward Hurley
Engineering Technologist

Edward graduated with a BEng in Civil Engineering in 2016 and is currently employed by DOSA Consulting Engineers as an Engineering Technologist. The company specialises in innovative execution of complex engineering projects including recreational, industrial, commercial, educational and residential development projects. Edward works as a member of the design team to ensure that projects are delivered in a timely and professional manner to clients.


Edward believes that his studies in CIT equipped him with the necessary knowledge and skills across a broad range of aspects relevant to civil engineering including, in particular, structural design and land surveying. Practical elements of structural steel design module have been beneficial for understanding Steelwork & RC design & detailing.


Edward also undertook the Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM) Technologies. DOSA utilises their BIM capabilities to promote collaboration, coordination and integration within the design environment. Understanding and applying BIM technologies and methodologies is an important element within the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.


“The relevance of my BEng education is evident on a daily basis and has equipped me with the necessary skills to meet the ongoing challenges of my position.”



Ian Casey
Engineering Technician

Ian works as an Engineering Technician for Malachy Walsh and Partners, an engineering consultancy with offices in Cork, Limerick, Tralee, and London, who are involved in all aspects of civil, structural, environmental and mechanical engineering.


Having completing his final year project on bridge engineering Ian has been assigned to work on various bridge schemes throughout Ireland. He believes that the range of engineering covered in the programme in CIT provides him with the opportunity to contribute to projects in other civil engineering disciplines, including coastal engineering work, structural design, road design works, and land surveys.


“The wide range of engineering topics covered in the course gives the graduate the opportunity to work in various disciplines within civil engineering and the construction sector.”

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering CR051

The Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering is the traditional academic qualification for Engineering Technologist entry to the civil engineering profession. Graduates of the programme will have reached the educational standard required for Ordinary Membership of Engineers Ireland.**

Opportunities vary in range and location and can be exclusively office based, site based or a mixture of both; the profession is an attractive one for those seeking a wide choice of potential work environments. Graduates will be well equipped to meet these demands and will find employment opportunities in Consulting Engineering Offices and with Building & Civil Engineering contractors. They may also be employed by state and semi-state bodies.

Civil Engineers identify and analyse problems and tasks; they design, manage and implement solutions and these transferable skills can be applied across a wide range of career options.

Graduates will be also be well placed to pursue further studies in specialist engineering disciplines such as environmental, energy, structural or transportation engineering as well as in management programmes.

** For further information on entry standards to the Civil Engineering profession please refer to the Engineers Ireland website at

Potential Areas of Employment
Associate Engineer/Higher Technician Level in the following areas:
• Consulting Engineers
• Civil Engineering Contractors
• State/Semi-State Bodies and Utility Companies
• Local Authorities
• Self-Employed Consultant

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2021: 261

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

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Graduate Profiles

  • Colm Casey

    Colm Casey

    • Employed by Arup Consulting Engineers in Cork City • Presently working on design of wind farms and UCC Marine Research Centre in Cork • Reached county final and Fitzgibbon Cup final with CIT senior hurling team

    Current Job Title: Structural Engineer
    Year Graduated: 2012
    Award Received: BEng in Civil Engineering (2010) BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering (2012)

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  • Barry O'Sullivan

    Barry O'Sullivan

    Employed in role of project engineer by WJ Groundwater in Qatar. Responsibility for management and delivery of projects

    Current Job Title: Project Engineer
    Year Graduated: 2008
    Award Received: BEng in Civil Engineering (2006) BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering (2008)

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