Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG342
  • Duration 4
  • Points Required n/a*
  • NFQ Level 8

Course Summary

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.

The programme is accredited as meeting the educational standard at Level 8 (together with an approved Level 9 qualification) required for Chartered Engineer Membership of Engineers Ireland. Graduate Engineers work alongside and support Chartered Engineers in the successful implementation of Civil Engineering schemes.  The benefit of Engineers Ireland accreditation is that your IT Sligo qualification is recognised through the Sydney Accord in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United 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:

  • Engineering Graphics & Computer-aided design
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Physics, Electrical Principles Engineering and Engineering Chemistry
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Professional Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Multi-disciplinary project
  • 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
  • Highway and Traffic Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Project Management and Law
  • Structural Mechanics, Analysis and Design

Students will also engage in a 12 week work placement at the end of Semester 2 of Year 3.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

The minimum entry requirements are a grade O6/H7 or better in four ordinary Level Leaving Certificate subjects and a grade H5 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 H5 grade in Higher Level Mathematics IT Sligo has a special Mathematics Examination, which is equivalent to Higher Level Mathematics. 

On-line Civil Engineering Mathematics Entry Exam and On-line Resources:

IT Sligo offers a free online pre-degree Mathematics Open Course MOOC leading to a special Mathematics exam, equivalent to Leaving Certificate Higher Level. The MOOC provides on-line resources including revision notes and sample papers to support students taking the examination in August.

The MOOC, launched in June 2017, is particularly suitable for CAO Leaving Certificate applicants who may not meet the Mathematics entry requirements for this Honours degree programme (minimum of H5 in LC) following the Leaving Certificate examinations or who are not taking higher level Leaving Certificate Mathematics. A pass in this special exam will be deemed equivalent to meeting the Mathematics entry requirement for this programme.

The Mathematics examination will take place on 14th September 2020 at IT Sligo and may also be available as an on-line proctored examination.

Current and prospective applicants can access the Mathematics MOOC as follows:

1. Register your name and email address on the Open Course (MOOC) website here:

2. Once registered on the site enrol on the course here: (the enrolment key is civil2017).

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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Click here for a Transfer Application Form

Career Opportunities

Civil Engineering is a broad and diverse profession offering an almost endless range of potential career opportunities. Graduates may become involved in everything from planning and designing transport systems to improving the energy efficiency of buildings.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.

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.

In addition, demand for civil engineers, both in Ireland and abroad is continuing to grow with Engineers Ireland recording in their Engineering 2019 - A barometer of the engineering profession that civil & building engineers are among the most in demand with 59% of organisations surveyed looking to hire these engineers.

Accreditation of the honours 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 Kingdom and the United 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.

Further Study

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.


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


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