About This Course

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Course Outline

Society needs engineers and engineering to maintain and develop critical infrastructure. The ability of an engineer to convert technological advances into useful systems and devices for the benefit of society has impacted hugely on improving the levels of comfort, quality of life, and life expectancy in modern society.

As a UCC Engineering BE (Hons) student you will follow a common first-year programme that provides a broad education in the fundamentals of engineering. At the end of first year you then choose your preferred engineering pathway from one of the following routes:

In third year you choose whether to continue with the BE (Hons) programme or apply to transfer to the Master of Engineering programme (MEngSc).


Students take 60 credits in Year 1. All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Core modules

  • CE1003 Introduction to Structural and Civil Engineering
  • CE1005 Engineering Computation and Problem Solving
  • CM1001Chemistry for Engineers
  • EE1007 Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • MA1011 Mathematical Methods for Engineers I
  • MA1012 Mathematical Methods for Engineers II
  • ME1002 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • NE1001 Introduction to Energy Engineering
  • PE1003 Introduction to Process and Chemical Engineering
  • PY1006 Physics for Engineers II
  • PY1012 Physics for Engineers I  (10 credits)

Year 2 (Choose your discipline)

Years 3 & 4

BE (Hons) students follow their chosen engineering discipline.

Year 5

In Year 5 it is possible to continue to a Master’s degree programme (MEngSc), subject to entry requirements. Year 5 includes professional work experience. 

See the College Calendar for additional information on the programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: Lectures usually take place from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Written exams take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules have formal examinations and many modules use other types of assessment.

Expected lab/practical hours: Laboratory classes and individual study are normally scheduled for the afternoons.

Why Choose This Course

UCC is in the top 2% of Universities worldwide and provides a world-class engineering education. We have strong relationships with major employers and offer our students the opportunity of placement, including our MEngSc programme which has an 8-month placement. Our Engineering programmes are variously accredited by Engineers Ireland and IChemE.

Engineers play a key role in seeking to resolve complex issues through technical and non-technical innovations. Engineers are at the forefront in the provision of basic necessities such as food, water and energy, in the design of infrastructure, in health, transportation and communications and in the face of the challenge of climate change. The challenges that engineers meet revolve around creating a sustainable society whereby humans can flourish within natural resource limits. 

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between subjects such as engineering, chemistry, physics and maths.

Available Scholarships

We support our undergraduate community by offering scholarships and bursaries to prospective and current students. Please see the SEFS Scholarships and Funding UG page for more information.

Skills and Careers Information

Depending on which discipline a student takes, careers are available in a variety of sectors including but not limited to:

  • Biotechnology
  • Construction
  • Consultancy (design, environmental, general)
  • Electronics & Computers
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Healthcare & Biomedical
  • PharmaChem (bio/pharmaceuticals, chemicals) 
  • Public sector
  • Renewables & fossil fuels
  • Waste management
  • Water


Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry (Joint) and Agricultural Science. Technology can be substituted for a Lab Science subject.  

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

EnglishIrishMathsLab Science or Technology
O6/H7 O6/H7 H4* O6/H7

*If the H4 is in Applied Mathematics, a H6 in Mathematics is also required.

Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HC2 in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics;  if the HC2 is in Applied Mathematics, a HD3 in Mathematics is also required.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. A H4 in Leaving Certificate Maths or Applied Maths (HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate) is required. Find out about the mature entry requirements here.

International students: Please see our International Students page for more information.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2022/23 the Student Contribution Fee is €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is €138. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

Please see the Fees Office for more information.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry. (Mature applicants cannot make a late application after 1st February.)

EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants: See our QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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