Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering From University of Limerick

Program Overview

The Civil Engineering programme at UL is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland and uses a student-centered approach to teaching, using techniques such as problem based learning and active learning. In year one (common entry programme), you will develop your ability to work as part of a team, to plan and present, to undertake research and to apply your knowledge.

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  Location

LimerickIreland

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  Course Duration

48 Months

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  Tuition Fee

 17,200

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IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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Civil Engineering at UL now offers an integrated Bachelor/Master of Engineering programme. The entry route to both is through LM116 but in year 3 students have the choice to decide between the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) or Masters of Engineering (M.E.) programmes.  The B.E. programme is 4 years in duration, while the M.E. programme adds an additional year making it a total of 5 years in duration.  Both programmes include an eight-month period of Cooperative Education spent in an appropriate industrial environment.

Civil engineering at UL is built around a ‘learning-by-doing’ process and focuses on three areas:
 

  • Water and the Environment
  • Energy in Civil Engineering
  • Buildings & Infrastructure


When you join the civil engineering team at UL, you learn to be an engineer from day one. Working in small teams, you will solve interesting problems. The challenges presented are open-ended and increase in complexity as you progress through the years. Your ingenuity and creativity are required to explore many viable solutions. Drawing from what you have learned and with the shared knowledge of your team, you will design, analyse and (in many cases) test your creations. Lectures are provided along the way to fill in gaps in your knowledge.

The programme is fully ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) compliant, allowing student mobility across Europe.  In addition, close ties with a number of universities in the United States provide students with exciting opportunities to spend a semester studying abroad.

Year 1

In year one you will be part of the LM116 Bachelor of Engineering Common Entry programme where you will develop broad engineering skills while receiving insights into the different engineering disciplines. In the spring semester students interested in Civil Engineering will undertake a ‘learning by doing’ project where you will be challenged to design and build civil engineering structure which has to do a specific task. Starting with a blank whiteboard you will work in teams to develop your ideas which you will then build and test at the end of the semester.

Year 1 modules

Semester 1    
 

  • Chemistry for Engineers    
  • Electrical Engineering 1    
  • Engineering Maths 1    
  • Introduction to Engineering    
  • Engineering Science    
  • Engineering Computing    


Semester 2
 

  • Engineering Maths 2
  • Engineering Mechanics 1
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials 1


Elective
 

  • Structural Engineering Design 1
  • Introduction to Design for Manufacture


Year 2

In year two you will work in small teams to solve a variety of interesting problems. The challenges presented are open-ended and increase in complexity as you progress through the years. Your ingenuity and creativity are required to explore many viable solutions. Drawing from what you have learned and with the shared knowledge of your team, you will design, analyse and (in many cases) test your creations. Lectures are provided along the way to fill in gaps in your knowledge.

Year 2 modules

Semester 3    

 

  • Building Materials, Assembly & Structure    
  • Hydrology & Water Engineering    
  • Design Studio     
  • Structural Engineering Design 2    
  • Engineering Maths 3    


Semester 4
 

  • Structural Analysis 1
  • Structural Steel & Timber Design
  • Fluids and Energy
  • Engineering Maths 4
  • Introduction to Geology & Soil Mechanics


Year 3

In year three you will get a real experience of being an engineer when you take the draft plans of a building and undertake the role of Civil Engineer in this ‘Integrated Design Project’.  This project requires the integration of many aspects of civil engineering disciplines including interaction with the design architect, land surveying, structural analysis, structural design, foundation design, health safety issues and forms the core of the first semester in year three.  The project is followed by an eight-month Co-op placement with an engineering contractor/ consultant in Ireland or abroad.

Year 3 modules

Semester 5    

 

  • Structural Theory    
  • Soil Mechanics    
  • Professional Practice 1    
  • Transport Planning & Design    
  • Reinforced Concrete Design 1    


Semester 6    
 

  • Cooperative Education    


Summer
 

  • Cooperative Education


Year 4/5

In year four you will learn about energy-efficient buildings, wind energy and how to design water treatment systems. A unique feature of the programme is learning from the engineering mistakes of the past; in doing so, you will investigate actual engineering failures in collaboration with law students. As a student engineer, you will act as an expert witness in a moot court (simulation) and have your expert opinions tested through examination and cross-examination by the student lawyers.

Your final year project allows you to specialise in the area of civil engineering that intrigues you most. Clear and effective communication is an essential skill for the civil engineer and is carefully fostered in every project throughout the programme. You will develop verbal, written and poster presentation skills in addition to creating video documentaries, participating in a moot court and ethical debates, and you will also act as a technical guide to creative arts students on special projects.

Minimum grades    

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements    

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows
 

  1. Residency
     
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
       
  2. Citizenship
     
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
       
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
     
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:
 

  • Assistant Engineer
  • Builder
  • Civil Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Estimator
  • Facade Designer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Graduate Geotechnical Engineer
  • Junior Project Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Site Engineer
  • Site Manager/Project Manager
  • Technician

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