This course will be particularly attractive to
you if you are interested in the application
of scientific and technical knowledge to the
solution of real world problems.
Why Study Civil Engineering at UL?
The Civil Engineering programme at UL is
fully accredited by Engineers Ireland and uses
a student-centered approach to teaching,
using techniques such as problem based
learning and active learning. In year one (common entry programme)
, you will develop your
ability to work as part of a team, to plan and present,
to undertake research and to apply your
Civil engineering is a broad field of engineering
dealing with the design, planning, construction
and maintenance of fixed structures or public
works as they are related to earth, water,
or civilization and their processes. Most civil
engineering today deals with structures, roads, bridges, railways, water supply, transportation
and traffic, waste water, protection of the
environment, flood control and power plants.
Course Structure - Common Entry to Biomedical, Civil, Design & Manufacture and Mechanical Engineering
Civil engineering at UL is built around a
‘learning-by-doing’ process and focuses on three
1. Water and the Environment,
2. Energy in Civil Engineering and
3. Buildings Infrastructure.
When you join the civil engineering team at
UL, you learn to be an engineer from day one.
Working in small teams, you will solve interesting
problems. The challenges presented are
open-ended and increase in complexity as you
progress through the years. Your ingenuity and
creativity are required to explore many viable
solutions. Drawing from what you have learned
and with the shared knowledge of your team,
you will design, analyse and (in many cases) test
your creations. Lectures are provided along the
way to fill in gaps in your knowledge.
In year one (common entry programme) you will work on various tasks
from rollercoaster design to the analysis,
design and construction of a full scale bridge.
You will also work closely with architecture
students to learn how buildings are assembled
and how to illustrate their construction via
hand sketches and detailed drawings. This is
accomplished through a series of site visits to
various architectural and engineering structures
Engineering Maths 1
Engineering Maths 2
Engineering Mechanics 1
Engineering Mechanics 2
Assembly & Techniques 1
Assembly and Techniques 2
Representation / Drawing 1
Representation & Drawing 2
Physics for Engineers 1
Physics for Engineers 2
PART II of the BE Civil Engineering Programme
In year two you will learn how to design and
construct earthen dams to protect structures
from flood waters or detain rainwater to supply
the university campus with an environmentally
friendly supply of water. Heritage and cultural
interests are incorporated at every opportunity.
You will learn about the history of King John’s
Castle as you design and construct timber siege
towers in a re-enactment of the 1690 Siege of
In year three you will get a real experience
of being an engineer when you take a multistorey
library (or similar structure) created
by fourth year architectural students and
engineer the design of the foundations and
reinforced concrete frame, based on the results
of your structural analysis. This project involves
interaction with the design architect, land
surveying, health & safety issues and forms the core of the first semester in year three. The
project is followed by an eight-month Co-op
placement with an engineering contractor/
consultant in Ireland or abroad.
In year four you will learn about energy
efficient buildings, wind energy and how to
design water treatment systems. A unique
feature of the programme is learning from the
engineering mistakes of the past; in doing so,
you will investigate actual engineering failures in
collaboration with law students. As a student
engineer, you will act as an expert witness in a
moot court (simulation) and have your expert
opinions tested through examination and crossexamination
by the student lawyers.
Your final year project allows you to specialise
in the area of civil engineering that intrigues
you most. Clear and effective communication
is an essential skill for the civil engineer and is
carefully fostered in every project throughout
the programme. You will develop verbal, written
and poster presentation skills in addition to
creating video documentaries, participating in
a moot court and ethical debates, and you will
also act as a technical guide to creative arts
students on special projects.
Project Planning Control for the Built Environment
Wind, Ocean Hydro Energy
Failure, Damage Life Prediction
Small Business Consulting
Applicants are required to hold at
the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:
Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and
Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/
Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.
A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement. We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
Careers open to you with a degree in Civil Engineering include;
The details of a career path can vary depending on market forces and the preference of the graduate. In some fields and in some firms, entry-level engineers work primarily monitoring construction in the field, serving as the eyes and ears of more senior design engineers; while in other areas, entry-level engineers perform routine analysis or design tasks.
The flexibility offered by the breadth and structure of the course will produce graduates with the diverse skills necessary to adapt to the demands and challenges of civil engineering practice in the 21st century. Career opportunities exist in areas of infrastructure, building, water resources, environmental and government agencies.
Graduates may elect to pursue further studies by undertaking master or doctoral degrees at the University of Limerick.
Want to find out more about possible careers with this degree?
After completing my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at UL, I undertook a Masters in Structural Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Along with lectures, I have been working in a team of 20 students on the structural design of a 250m tall building in Seoul, South Korea. This project was designed to be completed in the same manner as one would progress any such project in a design engineer’s office.
For the first semester I was chosen as overall team leader, and have no doubt that the skills and confidence I learned through UL's Problem Based Learning approach aided me greatly. Trying to coordinate and organise our team of 20 students with diverse backgrounds was one of our greatest challenges. My course in UL gave me great experience of working within a team in a professional and self-organised manner. Such skills proved invaluable to me during this project, meaning that I was confident to seek out and utilise new information on my own. I feel that my innovative education in Civil Engineering at U.L. prepared me for my graduate education like no other.
As a child I was fascinated by buildings and bridges and I loved Engineering, Maths and Physics in school so Civil Engineering seemed like a perfect choice for me.
For anyone studying Engineering UL is a great place to be and the campus is home to some amazing works of engineering, including the award winning “Living Bridge” – the longest pedestrian bridge in Ireland.
The course itself is fantastic; like anything worth doing its hard work sometimes, but we’re constantly starting new and different projects. For instance we recently completed a design and build of a 6m tall timber siege tower. We used the siege platforms to re-inact The Siege of Limerick at King John’s castle. What better way of learning about timber design can there be?