UCC Undergraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BE (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    1 x H4, 1 x H5, 4 x O6/H7. H4 in Maths or Applied Maths. O6/H7 in a Lab Science or Technology. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2021: 510

  • CAO Points Range

    2021: 510-625

Course Outline

Society needs engineers and engineering to maintain and develop critical infrastructure. Engineers' ability 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.

The first year of the BE is a broad education in engineering fundamentals. At the end of the first year you can choose from Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Energy Engineering or Process and Chemical Engineering. 

The introduction of the ME (Master in Engineering) programme will allow students to choose at the end of their third year of study to carry on the BE (Hons) with one further year of study or to transfer to the ME with two further years of study.


All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Modules:


  • MA1011 & MA1012 Mathematical Methods for Engineers I & II
  • AM1021 Mechanics I
  • CM1001 Chemistry for Engineers
  • CE1005 Engineering Computation and Problem Solving
  • ME1002 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • PY1006 & PY1007 Physics for Engineers I and II 
  • EE1007 Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • CE1003 Introduction to Civil and Structural Engineering
  • NE1001 Introduction to Energy Engineering and Engineering Ethics
  • PE1003 Introduction to Process and Chemical Engineering

Year 2 (Choose your discipline)

Students move into one of the 4 engineering disciplines –

Years 3 & 4

BE (Hons) 4 Years in one of the following areas Civil, Structural & Environmental, Electrical & Electronic, Energy and Process & Chemical.

Years 4 & 5 (Choosing entry to Master's Degree Pathway)

ME Year 5 Entry to Master's degree programmes, 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.

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 ME programme which has an 8-month placement.  Our Engineering programmes are variously accredited by Engineers Ireland and IChemE.   

Engineers play a lead 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. 

Skills and Careers Information

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

  • PharmaChem (Bio / Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals) 
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Water
  • Renewables & Fossil Fuels
  • Biotechnology
  • Healthcare & Biomedical
  • Electronics & Computers
  • Waste Management
  • Consultancy (Design, Environmental, General)
  • Public Sector
  • Construction



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:




Lab Science or Technology





*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

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 for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

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). 

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these 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 term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact