BEng (with Honors) in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Tuition Fee: From 10,250 € / year

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Civil engineers are increasingly working to achieve safe and sustainable development in a cost-effective, environmentally protective and socially responsible manner. They use engineering principles to improve the natural and built environment, and contribute to the protection and rehabilitation of the environment, water conservation, environmental biotechnology, materials, and infrastructure development.

Carrying out a civil engineering project involves solving technical problems that require cooperation between professionals from many different disciplines. From conceptual design to forensic study of failed performance, civil engineers need the mathematical, scientific, and computational tools to solve the problems associated with developing and maintaining a civilized community. The core theme of “sustainability” is central to the current and future civil engineering profession.

The BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering is a four-year, full-time honors course of study that can be chosen within the Common Engineering Entry Pathway. This honors degree course is at NQAI level 8 and has been designed to produce graduates who can successfully operate as civil engineers in the future Irish and global engineering and construction industry. The general context of the course is the key theme of “sustainability”. Graduates will be aware of the vital influence that civil engineers will increasingly have in the achievement of various sustainability goals at national, European and international level. The course is accredited by Engineers Ireland, meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

The course is designed in a modular format to facilitate integration with other engineering courses and built environments. It will be offered in the full-time mode, but the modular structure enhances flexibility in the methods by which the course can be taught and taken. The full-time course lasts four years and is divided into two semesters each year. An integral part of the course is a six-month industrial placement in which students gain industry experience relevant to their study program. Students intern with construction and civil engineering contractors, engineering design offices, and specialty contractors. Students develop relevant workplace skills and gain an appreciation of business and industry practice.

In the third year, students do industrial internships for up to six months. This gives students an idea of ​​what professional practice consists of, how the industry operates, and how theoretical knowledge is applied in practice. It also creates industrial links between WIT and the engineering industry in Ireland and abroad.

Program results

This course originally started in 2010 and is highly regarded by the industry, both in Ireland and internationally. Having a civil engineering qualification that has sustainability as a core theme enables graduates to take on a variety of design and construction roles in the future civil engineering industry.

Program structure

Semester 1:

  • Introduction to engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Professionalism
  • Engineering Physics 1

Semester 2:

  • BIM 1
  • Mathematical engineering 2
  • Engineering Physics 2
  • Management for engineers
  • Mechanics 1
  • Surveying and sustainable energy

Semester 3:

  • Construction health and safety
  • Construction technology
  • Mathematical engineering 3
  • Reinforced concrete design
  • Site works design
  • BIM 2 and topography

Semester 4:

  • Mathematical engineering 4
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Introduction to project management
  • Structural analysis 1
  • Wood and steel design

Semester 5:

  • Civil Engineering Mathematics
  • Building technology systems
  • Geotechnical Engineering 1
  • Hydraulics
  • Structural analysis 2

Choose one of the following electives:

  • * Measurement and cost calculation
  • * Mechanics of materials
  • * Sustainable heat and power generation technologies

Semester 6:

  • Placement

Choose three of the following electives:

  • * Advanced surveying
  • * Mathematical and statistical modeling
  • * Energy performance of buildings 2
  • * Highway Engineering

Semester 7:

  • Dissertation 1
  • Geotechnical Engineering 2
  • Hydrology for sustainability
  • Corporate and project management
  • Statistics for engineers
  • Structural analysis 3 and design

Choose one of the following electives:

  • * Engineering finance
  • * Engineers Law
  • * Technology and service integration

Semester 8:

  • Dissertation 2
  • Structure Design
  • Environmental engineering 2
  • Innovative technology
  • Professional practice

Choose one of the following electives:

  • * Sustainable energy
  • * Bid and estimate

Admission requirements

Applicants who are not citizens of the EU member states, nor have resided for full-time undergraduate study courses in Ireland should apply directly to the International Office at WIT. Applications will be accepted until May 31 of each year for programs that begin the following September. Overdue applications will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

For this Program:

  • 2 subjects: H5
  • 4 subjects: O6 / H7
  • English or Irish: O6 / H7
  • Math: O2 / H6

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