Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Add on - Civil Engineering CW428

  • NFQ Level 8 - Direct Entry
  • CW428
  • 30
  • Add-On Degree
  • 2 Years
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  • Career Prospects
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What is the Course about?

Civil engineering deals with the built environment and encompasses much of what defines modern civilization. Buildings and bridges are often the most conspicuous of its creations but this discipline is also responsible for roads, railroads, subway systems, airports, water supply systems and waste disposal. In fact, civil engineering as a profession provides much of the infrastructure and essential services on which we depend for survival (further information is available on 

This two-year honours programme is designed for graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering (NFQ Level 7) from IT Carlow or equivalent qualifications. The programme provides specialised training in infrastructure design and construction and modules include: Structural Analysis, Structural Design, Engineering Geology, Highway and Traffic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Hydraulics, Geotechnical Engineering and Mathematics.  

The programme features a strong practical element with a combination of lectures and practical work in our specialised materials, hydraulic and environmental laboratories and workshops.

A work placement module between Years 4 and 5 will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their learning in working on real-life design or construction projects as part of a professional Engineering team.

Special Features:

  • This programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI) and graduates of the programme are eligible for membership of EI.
  • The emphasis of the programme is on geo-environmental specialities where civil engineering skills save money, resources and lives.
  • Strong emphasis on ‘hands-on’ learning in our specialized civil engineering laboratories and workshops.
  • Our lecturers are all Chartered Civil Engineers with many years of national and/or international experience.
  • Students participate in national competitions. For example in 2015 IT Carlow students won the Health and Safety Authority’s Safety in Construction competition with a further two teams reaching the final.
  • Our graduates are successful both in Ireland and around the world working in organisations such as ESB, Carlow Precast, WBHO Civil (Perth), PJ Hegarty & Sons; BAM Contractors, SISK Group.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme can progress to the MSc in Management in the Built Environment. Graduates can also progress to a Research Masters or Doctoral studies at IT Carlow or other institutions.

What exemptions will I receive?

Professional Bodies Accreditation
This programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI) as meeting the educational requirements of a Level 8 engineering honours degree.



What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

A civil engineering qualification travels well – you can work anywhere in the world and across almost any industry sector.  Graduates of this programme will be qualified to:

  • Work independently with contractors, consultants or local authorities in the areas of design and construction;
  • Identify problems in the field of civil engineering and provide viable solutions to those problems;
  • Collect, analyse and interpret relevant data;
  • Work in multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Understand the need for the highest ethical standards in the practice of the engineering profession. 

Civil engineers can be found working in industries as varied as aerospace, ship building, energy, environment and many more, wherever constructed facilities are involved.  

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Merit 2 or better in an Ordinary Degree programme in Civil Engineering (NFQ Level 7) plus a distinction in mathematics in Year 3 of the Ordinary Degree programme.Graduates with a merit 2 who do not achieve a distinction in mathematics may sit a special mathematics exam at IT Carlow in August of each year. A minimum of 70% must be achieved in this examination.  

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Brian Byrne, BsMsCE, CEng, FIEI, CMIOSH