Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Civil Engineering CW478

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW478
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  • 4 Years
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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 creations but this discipline is also responsible for roads, railways, subway systems, airports, water supply systems and waste disposal. Civil engineering as a profession provides much of the infrastructure and essential services on which we depend for survival (further information is available on Increasingly the role of the civil engineer in developing sustainable solutions to challenges presented by climate change is becoming more important.

This four-year degree programme provides a blend of academic and practical training across all key civil engineering areas. Modules include: Civil Engineering Technology, Surveying, Physics and Chemistry, Engineering Drawing, Material Science, Quantity Surveying and Estimating, Soils Mechanics, Water Engineering, Highway and Traffic Engineering, Environmental Engineering and more.  The programme features a strong practical element with students frequently working in our specialised materials, hydraulic and environmental laboratories and workshops. 

A work placement module between Years 3 and 4 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:

  • Programme accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI) and graduates are eligible for membership of EI.
  • The programme emphasis 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 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 an MSc in Management in the Built Environment or to a Research Masters or Doctoral studies at IT Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?

Professional Bodies Accreditation
This programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI) and graduates are eligible for EI membership.



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

Civil engineers can be found working in industries as varied as aerospace, ship building, energy, environment and many more where constructed facilities are involved. Graduates of this programme will be qualified to:

  • Work independently with contractors, consultants and 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 team situations;
  • Understand the need for the highest ethical standards in the practice of engineering profession.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better;
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better;
  • Mathematics at Higher Level Grade H4 or better.
  • Alternatively obtain a pass in the Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics. The examination will be held in the Institute on Thursday 24th August 2017 at 2:00pm.  Tutorials will be held on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 (9:00am-1:00pm & 2pm-5pm) and Thursday 24th August (9:00am-1:00pm).

Graduates with relevant Ordinary Degree may enter Year 3  subject to specific academic requirements. 

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.  

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Shane Murray, BA, BAI, MSc, HCert, CEng, MIEI