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Structural Engineering (MEng)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Structural Engineering

  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    30th June 2020

Course duration:

Full-Time (3 Semesters, September to August).

Admission Requirements:

Applicants should hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a professionally accredited Level 8 Honours Degree Programme in Civil or Structural Engineering. Equivalent recognition may be given through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case-by-case basis to candidates who have not achieved this academic standard but who can demonstrate significant relevant professional experience in the discipline of Structural Engineering.


Location: Bishopstown Campus, CIT

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Course summary

The MEng in Structural Engineering covers both the theoretical background and the practical design considerations of Structural Engineering. The content seeks to reflect current and future practice in structural analysis, design, appraisal, experimental techniques, and information technology. It aims to provide the graduate with the advanced conceptual understanding, detailed factual knowledge, and specialist technical skills that are required for success in Structural Engineering. The elective options afford the opportunity for the development of skills and competences in a range of additional and associated disciplines. Following a period of appropriate professional experience, graduates will have the skills and competencies appropriate to achieving full membership of The Institution of Structural Engineers.


Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering



Location: Bishopstown Campus, CIT
Department's website:


Accreditation: The MEng in Structural Engineering is accredited by Engineers Ireland as satisfying the new educational standard for the title Chartered Engineer. It is one of the first programmes in Ireland to receive this accreditation.



ECTS Credits: 90

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

The programme of study is designed to progress your qualifications in the following ways:

  • Deepen your technical knowledge, skills and competences in the specialised field of Structural Engineering;
  • Prepare you to undertake the Institution of Structural Engineers Professional Practice Examination by developing your structural analysis and design skills to an appropriate level;
  • Develop your ability to carry out in depth research in a chosen field of Engineering, to draw conclusions from the research and present research findings;
  • Broaden your knowledge in other areas such as Sustainability and Project Management;
  • You will have achieved the new educational standard required for the title Chartered Engineer.
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The Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering programme aims to develop advanced analytical, design and research skills in Structural Engineering. Graduates of this programme will be well equipped to meet the challenges of the modern Structural Engineering industry, providing and protecting the physical infrastructure that underpins society; in this context a broad range of infrastructure is addressed.

The programme provides an excellent platform for those intending to undertake the Institution of Structural Engineers Professional Practice Examination and it also allows the student to attain the educational standard required for Chartered Engineer status through an Engineers Ireland accredited programme.

Students who successfully complete 60 credits of the taught modules listed in Stage 1/Semester 1 & Stage 1/Semester 2 and who do not wish to take the 30 credit Research Realisation module in Stage 2/Semester 1 will be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Structural Engineering.

Course Delivery

For information, please visit www.cit.ie/cse
No. of weeks per semester: 17
No. of timetable hours week: circa. 16 hours per week
Which days: Full-time: Monday to Friday
Duration: Three semesters

Two academic years (5 semesters), requiring attendance on two evenings, and a Friday afternoon per week , in each semester.

Course Fee

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020-2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students

Full time: EU Applicants €5,000*
Part-time: EU Applicants €7,000
Non EU Applicants €12,000

*Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 (applied to full-time students only) has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.



Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).


Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates in Structural Engineering may proceed to a research programme leading to a PhD Degree.


Graduate Profile

Michael Minihane
Structural Engineer

Michael graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Structural Engineering in 2010. He was part of the first class to complete the MEng in Structural Engineering at CIT, from which he graduated with a first class honours in 2011. He is now working as a structural design engineer with RPS Group in Cork, where his role has a particular emphasis on the design, inspection, assessment and rehabilitation of bridges and other large civil engineering structures.

Michael achieved his CEng status in 2015.




All modules are worth 5 credits unless otherwise noted.


The programme involves a variety of modes, including classroom based lectures, individual and group project work, tutorials, seminars, and presentations by visiting experts. A Research Dissertation is completed by each student.


For detailed information about modules please click here

Full-time Mode of Study

Part-time Mode of Study

Stage 1/Semester 1
Sustainability in Engineering
Structural Engineering
Computational Solid Modelling
Engineering Research Skills
Adv. Geotechnical Engineering
Bridge Engineering

Stage 1/Semester 1
Engineering Research Skills
Computational Solid Modelling
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering



Stage 1/Semester 2
Infrastructure/Special Structure
Advanced Structural Design (10)
Project Development
Infrastructure Asset Management
Engineering Project Management

Stage 1/Semester 2
Project Development
Structural Engineering
Bridge Engineering



Stage 2/Semester 1
MEng Research Project Realisation (30 ECTs)



Stage 2/Semester 2
Engineering Project Management
Infrastructure Asset Management
Infrastructure/Special Structures
MEng Research Project Realisation (30 ECTS)


Graduates of the programme will have skills, competences and a higher qualification to enhance their employment credentials in the national and international market. This new programme will significantly enhanced employment opportunities for graduates with the trend in recent years in the industry being towards recruitment of specialist Masters level graduates.


Graduates have found are employed with private sector firms such as consulting engineers RPS Group, Arup, MottMacDonald, Cronin & Sutton, Roughan & O’Donovan, Jacon Engineering, ACOM (New Zealand), Hurst & Malcolm (London). A limited number have chosen employment with contracting companies or are operating as sole traders.

  • Online application is open for full-time and part-time modes of study for course commencing 14th September 2020.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee. 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 attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.


Application deadline 30th June 2020


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Application deadline 31st May 2020

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  • Note for Non-EU students (Full-time) 
    You will need to upload evidence of your English language ability with the application. Students are required to produce a Study Visa from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform for the course for which they have applied. For conditions attached to acquiring this please refer to the following website: http://www.inis.gov.ie


Mr John Justin Murphy, Course Coordinator
T: 021 4326741

Mr Des Walsh, Head of Department
T: 021 4326765