Master of Civil Engineering

University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
Master's Degree
Study mode
1 year
Contact the university / college
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 7,188
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 16,537

About this course

The M.Sc. in Civil Engineering provides training in advanced topics in civil engineering. The programme has been tailored to meet the needs of the civil engineering sector, which requires graduates with high-level skills in design, analysis and communication. In addition, the course fulfils the requirements of Engineers Ireland for a Master’s degree in an engineering discipline as the minimum educational standard for Chartered Engineer status.

Graduates of the programme are highly employable, both nationally and internationally, across numerous civil engineering sub discipline areas including environmental and energy engineering; geotechnical engineering; structural engineering; water resources engineering; engineering for sustainability, and construction management.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement to the programme is a 2:2, (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, or closely related field.


  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable
  •  English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)

    A copy of your birth certificate/passport

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


The programme spans a single academic year (three  semesters) and requires full time attendance on campus.
The programme outline is provided below.   For the first two semesters students will study a mandatory set of core subjects and a suite of optional advanced subjects (technical and non-technical electives).   Students will engage in a single research project over all three semesters with submission of a research project (thesis) at the end of semester 3.
Research in the School focuses on a wide range of challenges across society where civil engineers contribute solutions and knowledge generation in the areas of environmental and energy engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water and waste water engineering, and transport engineering.  The School also has links to the Bernal institute which is a leading research institute.
To graduate from the programme, a student must accumulate 90 credits, comprising 51 credits of taught modules and 39 credits of research work, as outlined in the table below.  Credit may be given for prior learning, in agreement with the Course Director.

Autumn Semester

  • Research Project (3 credits)
  • Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers (3 credits)

Plus three technical electives* (each 6 credits) to be chosen from:

  • Wind, Ocean & Hydro Energy
  • Engineering for net zero carbon
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanics of Solids
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Plus one non-technical elective

  • Establishing International Ventures

Spring Semester

  • Research Project (6 credits)

Plus three technical electives* (each 6 credits) to be chosen from:

  • Integrated Pollution Management
  • Advanced Structures
  • Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

Plus one non-technical elective

  • International Business Consulting

Summer Semester

  • Research Project (30 credits)​​​​​​​

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