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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Civil Engineering

Course Overview

  • 4

    Year

  • 8

    Level

  • AL811

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Civil Engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and built environment. Civil Engineers play an essential role in solving some of the most pressing problems facing humanity, including concerns about planning, transport, energy and the environment. A career in Civil Engineering allows graduates to make a real contribution to improving peoples everyday lives by planning, designing, constructing and managing large-scale building projects, from roads to skyscrapers, hospitals to wind farms and airports to sea ports.

Civil engineers are at the forefront of meeting the challenges of climate change by developing sustainable materials and construction methods, improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, and developing structures such as flood defences, green/passive buildings, energy harvesting plants, etc. This means that the industry is fast-moving and evolving rapidly with the needs of society.
The programme in AIT is delivered by a committed, highly qualified faculty with up to date industrial experience and a growing reputation for excellence in research, meaning you will be exposed to the very latest developments in the field.

What will I experience?

This programme offers a rich learning experience in state of the art facilities. As a civil engineer, your work will require a diverse skill set, so the course has been designed to ensure you have the cutting edge knowledge to tackle complex problems in areas such as structures, materials, geotechnics, water, management, traffic and environmental engineering.

Modules are delivered in an exciting and challenging blend of tutorials, laboratories and lectures. Assessment is broad-based, employing reports, design projects, presentations, posters, interviews, exams, etc all aligned to real word examples and situations.
Integral to the programme is an extended Industrial Placement, which offers invaluable ‘hands on’ experience in civil engineering companies, while research projects can be conducted alongside postgraduates and research active staff/companies. Several have led to papers being published in journals and presented at international conferences.

What opportunities might it lead to?

As a graduate of this Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering, you are eligible to apply to Engineers Ireland to use the registered professional title of Chartered Engineer.

There is now a high demand for civil engineers, leading to excellent opportunities with attractive starting salaries both at home and abroad.

Graduates may find roles in either the private or public sector, involving the design, management and construction of large-scale projects, including energy infrastructure, water, coastal structures, bridges, tunnels, roads, rail, airports and major buildings. Graduates may also pursue further studies by completing taught programmes or undertaking research masters or PhD projects.

Additional Information


Athlone IT Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics for BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering.


The Department of Civil Engineering & Trades at Athlone IT will hold a Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics on Wednesday 19 August 2020. The purpose of this examination is to offer applicants to the BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering an alternative to the Leaving Certificate H4 requirement in Mathematics. This exam is free of charge.

Who is eligible?

This Examination is open only to candidates who have expressed a CAO preference to study the BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering at Athlone IT. Please note that this exam is not obligatory for entrance to this programme; it is intended for those who have taken the Higher Level Mathematics paper but who did not achieve the H4 required to meet
eligibility.

How do I enrol?

You must enrol for this Entrance Examination by emailing admissions@ait.ie prior to 1.00 p.m. on Friday 14 August. The following information is required for enrolment:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Mobile Number
  • CAO number

Preparation for the exam

In advance of the examination, the Institute will provide a two-day Mathematics revision course for candidates which will be held at AIT on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 August. This
revision course is free of charge.

The Mathematics Examination

The Mathematics Examination will consist of a single three-hour exam and will include questions on the following topics:

  • Logs & Indices,
  • Algebra,
  • Trigonometry,
  • Differentiation, and
  • Integration.

Sample questions will be covered in the Revision and Training course.

After the Exam

You will be informed of the result (pass/fail) via email by 5 p.m. on Friday the 21st of August. If you are successful, Athlone IT will update CAO on your eligibility for inclusion in Round 2 Offers.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Year
CAO Course Code:
AL811
Course Award:
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept of Civil, Construction & Mineral Engineering
Minimum Entry Requirements:

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

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1 – Semester 1 • Engineering Mathematics 1 • Soil Mechanics & Technology 1 • Surveying 1 • Building Information Modelling 1 • Structural Engineering 1 • Mechanics 1

Year 1 – Semester 2 • Engineering Mathematics 2 • Soil Mechanics & Technology 2 • Surveying 2 • Structural Engineering 2 • Building Information Modelling 2 • Commercial Construction Technology 1

Year 2

Year 2 – Semester 3 • Engineering Materials 1 • Engineering Mathematics 3 • Structural Analysis and Design 1 • Environmental Engineering and Hydraulics 1 • Geotechnical Engineering 1 • Fluid Mechanics

Year 2 – Semester 4 • Engineering Mathematics 4 • Structural Analysis and Design 2 • Environmental Engineering and Hydraulics 2 • Construction Management • Engineering Materials 2 • Geotechnical Engineering 2

Year 3

Year 3 – Semester 5 • Engineering Mathematics 5 • Hydraulics 2 • Structural Design 3 • Structural Analysis 3 • Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics 1 • Mechanics of Solids 1

Year 3 – Semester 6 • Environmental Engineering • Mathematical Modelling For Engineers • Hydraulics 3 • Highway Design 1
• Structural Design 4 • Structural Analysis 4

Year 4

Year 4 – Semester 7 • Work Placement • The Engineer in Society • Construction Management

Year 4 – Semester 8 • Scheme Design • Foundation Engineering • Traffic Engineering • Geotechnical Engineering 3 • Project

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