BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is about creating, improvingand protecting the environmentin which we live. Most people would be surprised by how much Civil Engineering affects their daily lives – from the water that you drink, to the school that you attend, to the energy that powers your mobile phone. It encompasses all aspects of infrastructure development and is used to improve and protect the environment that we live in. It involves the planning, design and construction of facilities that we require for everyday life such as roads, tunnels, bridges, buildings, offshore oil-platforms, water supply systems, wastewater treatment systems, dams and sustainable energy schemes such as hydroelectric stations and wind farms to name but a few.

As a result, Civil Engineering offers diverse and challenging career opportunities.


What do Civil Engineers do?

Civil Engineering is a profession that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the built environment that is essential to our society. As you can imagine a Civil Engineer’s work involves solving complex problems in a number of different areas:

Environmental Engineering – water must be treated prior to consumption, waste must be removed and treated so that it does not damage our environment and alternative renewable energy resources must be developed and exploited.

Geotechnical Engineering – understanding the behaviour of soils and rocks to design tunnels and foundations for structures, both onshore and offshore.

Structural Engineering – skyscrapers, bridges, wind turbines and roller coasters must be analysed and designed to safely resist all forces to which they are subjected e.g. earthquake or wind forces.

Transportation Engineering – roads, railways, train stations and airports must all be planned and designed to cater for the increasing travel demands of modern society.

Construction Engineering – All of the various kinds of projects listed above must be taken from the design stage through construction to completion by qualified construction professionals.

Course Description:

This course is a blend of formal lectures, relevant practical classes to enhance understanding of topics and projects to apply the information learnt to typical Civil Engineering applications. The early part of the course develops an understanding of science and technology which are the underlying principles of engineering. Gradually the students are introduced to the core Civil Engineering areas of structural, hydraulic, geotechnical and highway engineering as well as project and site management. Written and verbal communication skills are continuously developed through presentations and technical writing. At the end of this course graduates have the skills demanded by current employers.

Civil Engineering is a dynamic industry, which is continuously evolving and changing. The Civil Engineering courses at IT Sligo teach the necessary skills for graduates to be active participants in this exciting industry. Graduates of this programme can also progress to an honours degree in Civil Engineering at IT Sligo or other third level colleges.

This programme offers ideal preparation for employment as a Civil Engineer. The programme is accredited as meeting the educational standard required for Chartered Engineer Membership of Engineers Ireland. Associate Engineers work alongside and support Chartered Engineers in the successful implementation of Civil Engineering schemes. As a result of Engineers Ireland accreditation your IT Sligo qualification is recognised through the Sydney Accord in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdomand theUnited States, thus offering exciting opportunities for work and travel abroad.


Key Skills:

The early part of this course is primarily concerned with developing a good understanding of the underlying science and technology of engineering. Subjects studied include:

  • CAD/ drawing
  • Civil Engineering materials
  • Construction technology
  • Engineering science and chemistry
  • Information and communication technology
  • Mathematics, statistics and numerical methods
  • Surveying

In the final two years the emphasis moves to the core Civil Engineering topics. Subjects include:

  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering and geology
  • Highway and traffic engineering
  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Project management and law
  • Structural mechanics, analysis and design



Civil Eng. and Construction SG342 Honours Degree Abinitio

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements are a grade D3 or better in four ordinary Level Leaving Certificate subjects and a grade C3 or better in two Higher Level leaving Certificate subjects, one of which must be Mathematics. The six subjects presented must include English or Irish. For students who do not have a C3 grade in Higher Level Mathematic IT Sligo has a special Mathematics Examination, which is equivalent to Higher Level Mathematics. For further information on this examination please visit or contact Dr Brian McCann.

Online Pre-Engineering Mathematics Course

IT Sligo offers an online pre-degree mathematics course leading to a special maths exam, equivalent to Leaving Certificate Higher Level.

The course which runs from January to June is particularly suitable for students interested in a career in engineering but who are not taking higher level Leaving Certificate maths which is a requirement for direct entry to Level 8 Civil Engineering courses.

Students who are taking higher level maths will also find the course useful as a study aid. Lectures are delivered online and recorded for later revision. Other online resources made available to the students include multiple choice revision quizzes and solutions to Leaving Certificate past paper questions. The course fee is €200.00

Pre-Degree Mathematics Course

Applications are also welcome from students who hold or hope to graduate with an ordinary BEng (Level 7) in Civil Engineering and who wish to progress to an honours BEng (Level 8) Degree. Entry is to the start of the third year (penultimate year). Minimum entry requirements and application details can be obtained from Dr. Brian McCann.

Applicants who wish to apply to transfer into the courses should apply directly to the Admissions office by down loading the application form attached below.

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Career Opportunities

Graduate employment opportunities for you will include positions in the design, specification, supervision, construction and maintenance of Civil Engineering projects.

Various bodies have an interest in employing Civil Engineers, both nationally and internationally – Government Bodies, Semi-State Bodies, Local Authorities, Consultancies, Contractors, Insurance firms and Financial Institutions.

Following an unprecedented construction boom in Ireland over the last 15 years, the country is now in the midst of a downturn in the design and construction sector. While employment opportunities in Civil Engineering are currently not as abundant as they have been in recent years this does not mean that there is no more work for Civil Engineers. The construction industry will start to recover over the coming years and will require new graduates to address traditional engineering issues as well as new issues such as reusing our existing building stock, for which innovative solutions will be required.

Ongoing development of infrastructure needs is a major concern for every country worldwide and Civil Engineers are leaders in this field. In addition, Civil Engineers can go on to work in the renewable energy sector which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.

Accreditation of the ordinary degree by Engineers Ireland means that your qualification is recognised in major world economies such as Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdomand theUnited States, thus offering the potential for work and travel abroad.

An accredited degree, as offered by IT Sligo, also gives you a distinct advantage over those who do not have accredited degrees and will put you at the cutting edge of Civil Engineering.


What are my further study opportunities?

Graduates also have the possibility to continue to postgraduate education (Masters or PhD) at IT Sligo or other third level colleges in Ireland or abroad.

What subjects will I study?

Did you know?

For some interesting videos and information to explain more about Civil Engineering visit –

Engineers are cool by ARUP

Are you ready to build a better world? by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

Engineering || Design your world by ACE (Australia)

About Civil Engineering by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

Civil Engineering TV by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

The Little Book of Civilisation by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

A Chartered Civil Engineer by Engineers Ireland

A Chartered Environmental Engineer by Engineers Ireland

Chartered Engineers by Engineers Ireland

Who do I contact?

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510