Environmental Engineering (BEng Level 7)
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3 Years (6 Semesters)
Environmental Engineering is that branch of engineering concerned with the application of scientific and engineering principles for the protection and improvement of the environmental quality of the world in which we live. Environmental Engineers work on issues of sustainability, provide safe and secure drinking water, collect, treat and properly dispose of wastewater and other wastes, design flood protection measures, maintain or improve air and noise quality, design sustainable urban drainage systems, clean up contaminated land and groundwater, and help communities and industry minimise pollution, among many other activities. It is most commonly a distinct and specialist engineering discipline within the Civil Engineering profession and it is in this context that this course has been developed.
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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Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are Mathematics, English, and Physics.
Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
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Recorded November 2021
about the course
CR055 Course Location: MTU, Bishopstown Campus, Cork.
Practical sessions are carried out to provide as much “hands on” experience as possible. 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 student study exchanges with these colleges can be arranged.
The Department has a long history of professional accreditation of its courses; the well-established BEng in Civil Engineering course is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland and it is envisaged that the BEng in Environmental Engineering will be similarly accredited in due course.
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 the UK.
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Subject to the achievement of the appropriate entry requirements, graduates of the programme may progress to an Honours engineering degree programme in Civil or Environmental Engineering.
Further study opportunities in MTU Cork include direct entry to
- Year 4 of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Information Modelling and Management
- Year 3 of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering (CR510)
- Year 4 of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Management (CR572)
The Department has an active environmental engineering research unit and additionally offers taught postgraduate opportunities in the environmental engineering discipline
What topics are studied in this programme?
The first two years of the programme involve foundation studies in theory and fundamental principles. Fundamental civil engineering practice studies are undertaken in the areas of Environmental Engineering, Construction, Health and Safety, Materials Technology, Surveying, and Structural Engineering.
In Year 3 the mandatory modules have a particular focus on Environmental Engineering with skills in Water, Wastewater, Integrated Waste, Transport Planning and Infrastructure Design being developed; engineering practice skills are further developed in the areas of Management and Geotechnical Engineering. The theory and fundamental principles studies necessary for the further academic progression of the graduate are also provided. The Year 3 Project module (10 credits) affords the student an opportunity to carry out an engineering investigation into a specific topic where he/she can use the knowledge gained during his/her studies.
Why study Environmental Engineering?
Increased environmental awareness and significant developments in environmental legislation and quality assurance requirements have created increased career opportunities locally, nationally and internationally for environmental engineers.
Environmental engineering infrastructure such as systems for water supply and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment and flooding control, which were developed some time ago, are in urgent need of renewal and the provision of modern management systems for the broad remit of today’s environmental engineering infrastructure is a priority in a world increasingly aware of sustainability and cost issues; qualified Environmental Engineers are needed to deliver this renewal.
Michael graduated with a BEng in Environmental Engineering in 2016 and is currently employed as a Graduate Civil engineer with J Murphy & Sons. He is based in the Natural Resources and Marine (pipelines) sector of the company and is currently involved in the Design and Build of 100 AGI gas terminals across the UK for National Grid. His studies in CIT equipped him with the necessary knowledge and skills across a broad range of engineering disciplines including environmental, civil, and land surveying.
MTU has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.
Detailed module information is available here
An undergraduate education in engineering provides a very good platform not only for a career and/or further education in engineering but potentially for a much wider spectrum of employment opportunities. Graduates of this programme will have developed skills in a broad range of civil engineering disciplines but will have developed particular expertise in environmental engineering.
As a result of increased environmental awareness and of significant developments in environmental legislation and quality assurance requirements; career opportunities in the environmental engineering industry have grown significantly in recent years.
For further information in relation to the environmental engineering profession please refer to the Engineers Ireland website at www.engineersireland.ie
Potential Areas of Employment
- Consulting Engineers
- State/Semi-State Bodies
- Utility Companies
- Local Authorities
- Self-Employed Consultant
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Entry 2020: 258
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