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Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Engineering (Common Entry)

Course Points
336 Points
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
September 2023

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • This level 8 programme provides the student with the ideal foundation to develop their careers in a regional, national or international setting.
  • This course allows the student to gain a broad first year experience of the disciplines of Civil, Mechanical & Electronic engineering before specialisation in their second year.
  • Programme Content is continually updated, designed to maximise employability and to ensure students are industry ready upon graduation.
  • Work Placement features in the third year to provide students with a real world setting to apply their evolving skills while still in college.

Course Summary

This four-year honours degree in Engineering educates students for entry into Engineering practice and industry. Students entering the programme study a range of topics in the common entry first year before selecting their preferred option of Civil, Mechanical or Electronic / Electrical Engineering. Engineers design, develop and ensure the smooth operation of the systems, processes and infrastructure which power, enable and house modern life.

Students who choose this 4-Year Honours Degree Engineering programme will experience a common first year which will ensure a broad learning experience and allow them to make an informed decision regarding their choice of engineering discipline at the end of Year 1. 

The first year places an emphasis on practical activities to ensure that you are well prepared to enter one of the possible 3 options of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Systems or Civil Engineering.

In year 1, broad engineering modules such as computing, CAD, mathematics, mechanics and materials will be covered as well as a number of practical engineering modules to give a flavour of each discipline.

Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering 

Mechanical Engineering is required by every industry sector. Graduates must be adaptable and familiar with cutting edge technology. Careers include product design, aerospace, energy, transport, renewable systems, pharmaceuticals, food processing, machine design and research. 

Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering 

Electronic and Electrical Engineers work in a broad and exciting engineering field that includes renewable energy, power, product design, telecommunications, IT, manufacturing, food processing, pharmaceuticals, medical, transport, automation, control, building services, petrochemicals and research. This course aims to produce well-rounded engineers with a high level of analytical and engineering design skills and was designed in collaboration with industry to meet the strong demand for engineering graduates in this sector for current and future needs. 

Honours Degree in Civil Engineering 

Civil engineering is about protecting, creating and improving our everyday environment. It involves the planning, design and construction of facilities that we require for living, for industry and for transport. Roads, bridges, harbours, buildings, railway, airports, water supply, drainage, wastewater treatment systems, dams, flood management and sustainable energy schemes such as wind farms, ocean energy or hydroelectric stations. Infrastructure on which civilization depends upon to function now and in to the future. 

Year 1 — Common 1st Year Modules

  • Maths
  • Statics, Dynamics & Science
  • Computing & CAD Engineering
  • Professional Practice
  • Materials Electronics

Module Focus in Years 2-4 depends on the choice of discipline.

Years 2-4 - Mechanical Engineering (DK844)

Sample of modules covered in Years 2-4.

  • Design & CAD
  • Energy Systems, Fluids & Automation
  • Mechanics of Machines & Structures
  • Materials & Manufacturing Technology
  • Management

Years 2-4 - Electrical & Electronic Systems (DK845)

Sample of modules covered in Years 2-4.

  • Power & Energy
  • Design
  • Telecommunications
  • Embedded Systems
  • Control
  • ECAD

Years 2-4 - Civil Engineering (DK846)

Sample of modules covered in Years 2-4

  • Structural analysis and design
  • Highways and Transportation
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Materials Technology
  • Design & CAD


* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only.

The programme places an enormous emphasis on how the  content is delivered. A range of teaching methodologies are employed such as practical laboratory exercises, tutorials delivered in small groups, site visits, design and build exercises and online content to support class learning. Class lectures are also an important and significant element of the programme. Lecturing staff pride themselves on being open and approachable and all material is delivered from a basic to an advanced standard over the programme duration. Class examples, assignments and projects are industry relevant and teamwork is an important feature. 

Demand for our graduates in a wide range of engineering industries has been strong with many having job offers from both local and national companies shortly after sitting their final exams including: 

  • Combilift Ltd 

  • Intel 

  • Hiab MOFFETT truck-mounted forklifts 

  • XOcean  

  • Suretank Ltd. 

  • Glen Dimplex 

  • Kingspan Group 

  • Xtratherm 

  • MultiHog 

  • Atkins Global 

  • Local Authorities (Borough and County Councils) 

  • Arups 

  • BAM Civils 

  • Sisk 

  • John Paul Construction 

Follow On Programmes: 

Progression Opportunities: 
Post Graduate Study and Research in DkIT or other Instiitutions. There are opportunities for students to follow a research career with the School of Engineering research centre to Masters or Ph.D level. 

Please find information on fees and funding here.

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades
→ AND Mathematics Grade H5
→ AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include:

→ Mathematics at:

      • A Level: Grade D

→ English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
→ Two subjects at either:

      • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
      • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
      • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
      • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
      • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
      • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
      • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)

→ The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

      • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
      • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
      • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
      • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
      • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
      • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Additional Maths Entry Exam at DkIT:

If you have met the basic maths entry requirement for a level 8 programme at DkIT but have failed to meet the additional Maths Entry Requirements for this course, you have a second chance at meeting these additional Maths Entry Requirements by sitting the DkIT additional Maths Entry Examination, held in August of each year. More details about the maths entry exam.

Placement is an important feature of the programme, taking place in the third year. The exact duration and nature of placement depends on the specialisation chosen. The placement is monitored by DkIT lecturers to support the student and to ensure the learning experience is relevant to the Programme Learning Outcomes. 

  • Students who enjoy subjects such as Technology, Mathematics, Sciences, Design & Communications Graphics, Construction/Woodwork should consider this course. 

  • Creative Students who would like to translate their ideas into real world products, components and structures should consider this course. 
  • Students who would like to experience a significant level of practical work, work in team based projects and would like to enhance a broad range of communication skills should consider this course. 

Kimmitt Sayers (Programme Director)
Phone: +353(0)429370200

Course ID DK843
CAO Round 1 Entry Points (2022) 336 Points
Course Type Undergraduate
Study Mode Full-Time
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Starting Date September 2023
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Recognition Information

Graduates are eligible for Engineer’s Ireland Associate Member grade.

Delivery Method On Campus

How To Apply

Apply on CAO

All standard entry first-year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO. See Important application dates for CAO and information for specific applicant types below:

CAO Code: DK843
Apply on CAO

Advanced Entry & Transfer Applications

Advanced Entry is for applicants who have previous educational achievements and/or work experience and want to be considered for direct entry onto their chosen course. This includes students looking to transfer to DkIT from another Higher Education provider.