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Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering

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

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • This course is designed to meet the professional requirements for international professional accreditation.
  • DkIT Graduates in Civil Engineering are successfully employed worldwide.
  • The staff on this programme are all accomplished professionals with industrial as well as academic experience.
  • This programme has a shared first year with Mechanical and Electrical Engineering enabling those who aren’t sure to change direction.

Course Summary

This Level 8 course in Civil Engineering is designed to build help students identify and develop their skills in problem solving, design and management. We work with our students to build their strengths and capabilities to enter the workplace with the professional skills to succeed in whatever direction their careers may take them.

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 into the future.

Civil Engineers manage and design projects of all scales, from single houses to multi-storey buildings, from group water schemes to major bridges and roads. They work as individuals and as part of teams.

Common 1st Year Modules

Semester 1:

  • Computing for Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Material Science
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Statics
  • Engineering Professional Practice

Semester 2:

  • Engineering CAD 
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles 
  • Engineering Mathematics 2 
  • Dynamics

Year 2

Semester 1:

  • CAD and Computers ( Part 1 of 2 )
  • Civil Engineering Surveying ( Part 1 of 2 )
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Civil Project Management 1
  • Materials Technology 2
  • Engineering Mathematics 3

Semester 2:

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Structural Detailing
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Mathematics 4
  • CAD and Computers ( Part 2 of 2 )
  • Civil Engineering Surveying ( Part 2 of 2 )

Year 3

Semester 1:

  • Geotechnical Engineering 1
  • Structural Analysis and Design ( Part 1 of 2 )
  • Geodetic Surveying and Engineering
  • Highway & Traffic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering 1 ( Part 1 of 2 )
  • Engineering Mathematics 5

Semester 2:

  • Civil Project Management 2
  • Work Placement (Civil)
  • Hydrology (Draft)
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Structural Analysis and Design ( Part 2 of 2 )
  • Environmental Engineering 1 ( Part 2 of 2 )

Year 4

Semester 1:

  • Geotechnical Engineering 2
  • Individual Research Project ( Part 1 of 2 )
  • Renewable Energy for Civil Engineers ( Part 1 of 2 )
  • Structural Design
  • Integrated Design Project
  • Quality and Safety Management

Semester 2:

  • Structural Analysis
  • The Engineer in Society
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Engineering 2
  • Individual Research Project ( Part 2 of 2 )
  • Renewable Energy for Civil Engineers ( Part 2 of 2 ) 

This programme is full time over four years with students attending two semesters each year. The course combines lectures, practicals, tutorials and project work. Students are guided from their first year to become more independent learners as they reach the final years of the programme. 

Graduates may work in structural, water, public health, renewables, transportation and geotechnical branches of the civil engineering industry. As well as developing knowledge in structural, geotechnical and environmental engineering, The course will develop management and employability skills for employment in the private industry sector or in the public service.

This course places emphasis on broad civil engineering design and development enabling students to focus their specific interests during the final year.

Graduates of the Honours Degree in Civil engineering can progress to Level 9 (Masters) or Level 10 (PhD) research studies here in DkIT or in other third-level institutions. 

Within DkIT Students can gain access to the MSc in Renewable Energies or to the suite of Structured MSc programmes being offered by the School of Engineering.

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.

There is work placement in the third year of the programme. Having completed examinations in May students are placed with engineering companies, in most cases, for three months. The is a core element of the programme where students add to their professional skill sets and start to build career networks. 

  • Students who hope to make an impact on the society in which we live by developing and improving the infrastructure of our lives should consider this programme
  • Inquisitive people who enjoy solving problems using their individual skills to achieve team goals and
  • Those who interested in science, mathematics and the world around us
  • People who want an internationally recognised qualification in a profession that will enable them to travel and work as engineering professionals in a variety of countries worldwide

John McGeever (Programme Director)

Pat McCormick (Head of Department of Engineering Trades and Civil Engineering)
Phone: +353 429370276

Course ID DK846
CAO Round 1 Entry Points (2022) 330 Points
Course Type Undergraduate
Study Mode Full-Time
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Starting Date September 2023
School School of Engineering
Department Engineering Trades and Civil Engineering
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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: DK846
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.