Taught course

Engineering (Environmental/Structural & Geotechnics/Transport)

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

The entry criteria are an upper second honours degree (or equivalent) in a Civil Engineering or related degree. Relevant industrial experience may be taken into account in allocating places where the course is oversubscribed. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This is a one year full-time or two year part-time postgraduate
course designed to provide graduate engineers with specialist
understanding in one of: Environmental Engineering; Structural
Engineering; or Transport Engineering. In addition, the course
offers students the opportunity to obtain knowledge in
complimentary subject areas within Civil Engineering.
Course Organisation: The M.Sc. course can be undertaken
as either a one year full-time or a two-year part-time
postgraduate course.
The degree programme is divided into three parts: two
semesters of taught courses (September – April inclusive)
with an average of 18 lectures per week. A major dissertation
is undertaken during the second half of the course (April–
September inclusive).
It is possible to work full-time and do the course as a part-time
option, providing you have the agreement of your employer.
Course Content: Candidates must take eleven modules, namely
the three mandatory modules (M1, M2 and M3) together with at
least four of the modules in their chosen specialisation and four
other modules, which in total amounts to 90 ECTS.
In the first semester, candidates pursuing the course full
time must take modules M1 – Civil Engineering Management
(10 ECTS) and M2 – Research Methodology (10 ECTS) along
with four other modules selected from options (including at
least two from their selected specialisation), listed below.
In the second semester, candidates pursuing the course full
time must take module M3 – (Environmental / Structural /
Transport) Engineering Dissertation (30 ECTS)along with four
other modules selected from options (including at least 2
from their selected specialisation), also listed below:
Environmental Engineering: E1. Engineering Hydrology (5
ECTS); E2. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (5
ECTS); E3. Environmental Processes and Technology (5 ECTS);
E4. Waste and Environmental Management (5 ECTS); E5.
Water Quality and Hydrological Modelling (5 ECTS). E6. Water
Resource Planning ( ECTS)
Structural and Geotechnical Engineering: S1. Geotechnical
Engineering (5 ECTS); S2. Advanced Structural Analysis (5
ECTS); S3. Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (5
ECTS); S4. Bridge Engineering (5 ECTS); S5. Advanced Concrete
Technology (5 ECTS); S6. Soil-Structure Interaction (5 ECTS);
S7. A Unified Theory of Structures (5 ECTS); S8. Concrete
Durability and Sustainability (5 ECTS); S9. Advanced Theory of
Structures (5 ECTS)
Transport Engineering: T1. Transportation Engineering ( ECTS);
T2. Transport Modelling (5 ECTS); T3. Highway Engineering (5
ECTS); T4. Applied Transportation Analysis (5 ECTS)
Common: C1. Renewable Energy 1 (5 ECTS); C2. Renewable
Energy 2 ( ECTS); C3. Modelling of Civil Engineering Systems
(5 ECTS); C4. Facade Engineering (5 ECTS); C6. Construction
Innovation and Research (5 ECTS)
Some of the module options in either semester may be
withdrawn from time to time and some new modules may
be included, subject to demand. In addition to passing
the prescribed examinations, each student must submit a
dissertation on an approved topic relating to their chosen
Part Time Option: For candidates taking the course part-time
over two years, during the first year, candidates take seven
modules, namely: the mandatory modules M1 and M2 along
with five of the module options (including at least two from
their chosen specialisation) which amounts to 45 ECTS. During
the second year, candidates must complete the compulsory
M3 module together with three other module options
(including at least two from their chosen specialisation)
which amounts to 45 ECTS.. By the end of the course, parttime
candidates must have completed at least four of their
specialisation module options and four of the other options,
amounting to a total of 90 ECTS credits.
The part time option runs in parallel with the full time course.
Full and part time students attend the same lectures which
are typically scheduled Monday–Friday, 9–5pm. During the
teaching periods, students taking the part time option are
typically required to attend 9–12 hours per week during year
1 and 3–6 hours during year 2.
Assessment: Examination of course modules and completion
of a Major Dissertation.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Aonghus McNabola
+353 1 896 1457