Structural Engineering (BEng Honours)

  • Course Code

    MT 831

  • Field of Study

    Structural Engineering

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BEng (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Course Summary

The course is taught primarily through lectures, practicals, and tutorials. A significant emphasis is placed on project and experimental work with site visits and field trips making up an integral part of the coursework. There is a continuing regional, national and international requirement for structural engineers with a knowledge of construction.

Admission Requirements:


For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

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

Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics*, and either English or Irish.

*A grade H4 is required in Mathematics which may also be satisfied by H4 in Applied Mathematics plus H6 in Mathematics.

NB: The H4 grade in Mathematics can also be used to satisfy one of the H5 entry requirements.

Info re MTU Cork Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to MTU Cork 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 Cork Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Cork 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. Please click here for more information.



Work Placement

Formal work placement (minimum of ten weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Mathematics, Physics, and English.

Further studies

Suitably qualified graduates may pursue a Master of Engineering Degree and a PhD by research at the Institute.


Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering


For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here 



Recorded November 2021

What is Structural Engineering?

Structural Engineering is the science and art of designing civil engineering facilities so that they can safely resist the forces to which they may be subjected. All structures from bridges to buildings, harbours to airports, must be able to meet these requirements. Structural Engineers aim to design these structures with safety, economy and elegance.


About the Course

CR109 Course Location: MTU, Bishopstown Campus, Cork.


The course is taught primarily through lectures, practicals, and tutorials. A significant emphasis is placed on project and experimental work with site visits and field trips making up an integral part of the coursework. There is a continuing regional, national and international requirement for structural engineers with a knowledge of construction.


Work Placement

Formal work placement (minimum of ten weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 4.


The work placement will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained on his/her programme. The placement is supported by a member of academic staff in MTU, Bishopstown Campus, together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the student to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop the student's understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology.


ARUP Trust Scholarship

The Arup Scholarship will be awarded to a first year student who registers on the programme and will comprise an award of €2,250 for each of the four years of the programme.


Scholarship applications may be made at
Please note the closing date: 21st March.



The BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland at the Bachelor (Honours) Level 8 educational standard. Further learning is required to meet the educational standard for Chartered Engineer. The taught MEng in Structural Engineering and the taught MEng in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy), available in the Department as one year follow on courses, are fully accredited by Engineers Ireland as meeting the educational standard for Chartered Engineer.


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 Washington Accord through which Irish engineers are recognised in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and UK.


Further Studies

For details, please visit

At the end of Year 3, subject to a minimum of a H2.2 standard achieved in Year 3, students may elect to transfer to an integrated Masters (level 9) programme comprising 2 further years (4 semesters) of study; currently, integrated MEng programmes are available as follows:

MEng in Structural Engineering (Taught)

MEng in Civil Engineering (Environment & Energy) (Taught)


Students may of course choose to remain on the BEng Honours programme and complete their studies to level 8 in the final (Year 4) of study.


Work Placement is a strong feature of both the BEng Hons and MEng programmes in Year 4



Suitably qualified graduates in Civil, Structural or Environmental Engineering may proceed to a research programme leading to a Masters or PhD level.


Question Time

What is the difference between Structural Engineering and Civil Engineering?
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 and wastewater treatment and supply 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 & health and safety.


Structural Engineering is a specialist discipline within Civil Engineering which deals with design, construction and maintenance of structures such as buildings, bridges, culverts, towers, masts and foundations. This course provides graduates with the skills to work as a Civil Engineer, however, an additional emphasis is placed on Structural Engineering studies thus giving the graduates enhanced skills in this area.


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.


Graduate Profiles


Anna Pietrzak
Structural Design Engineer

Anna graduated with BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering in 2016. She is currently employed with Arup Consulting Engineers as a Structural Design Engineer in its Cork Office. Anna is involved in a number of Irish and international projects working on structural analysis and design of new buildings, surveys of existing structures and infrastructure solutions where structural knowledge and problem solving skills are essential.


“My studies in CIT allowed me to apply theoretical knowledge to practical application. Use of the analysis software for my final year project provided a quick transition to the software used in a professional environment.”



Kieran McGrath
Graduate Internship

Kieran graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering in 2014. He is currently employed with ESB International as a Graduate Engineer in their Dublin office. Kieran is involved in a variety of projects, e.g. the structural assessment of the safe load capacities of existing bridges and road alignment surveys, and wind and hydro energy power generation infrastructure, where structural, environmental, energy and other engineering expertise is required.


“My studies in CIT not only gave me all the necessary analysis and design skills required to be a structural engineer, but also the necessary skills required to work in the related civil, environmental and energy engineering industries. This is a great strength of the course.”


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

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering CR109

For information in relation to the Civil and Structural Engineering profession please refer to the Engineers Ireland website at


For information in relation to the Structural Engineering profession please refer to the Institution of Structural Engineers website at The website for the Republic of Ireland branch of the Institution may be found at


Graduates will be well equipped to find employment opportunities in Consulting Engineering Offices and with Building & Civil Engineering contractors. They may also be employed by state and semi-state bodies, including local authorities and utilities boards.


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.


The employment and postgraduate education record of graduates has been excellent since the programme was established and it has remained so in recent years.

Potential Areas of Employment
• Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers
• Civil Engineering Contractors
• State/Semi-State Bodies and Utility Companies
• Local Authorities

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.



Suitably qualified holders of a Level 7 BEng in Civil Engineering may be considered for direct entry to Year 3 of the programme. Applications may be made here.

  • Online application is open for course commencing September 2022.
  • Applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €307 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please ensure that the application is completed in full and that relevant supporting documentation (in particular academic result transcripts of studies to date) is included as an upload with the application.

Application for year 3 deadline: 30th June

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CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2020: 394

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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  • James Davis

    James Davis

    Employed in role of project engineer by FoundOcean in Scotland. Working on preparation of tenders, drawings and specifications together, with quality assurance and safety procedures.

    Current Job Title: Project Engineer
    Year Graduated: 2011
    Award Received: BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering (2011)

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