UCC Postgraduate courses

Engineering - Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Engineering - Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

  • Code

    CKR29 Full-time & Part-time

  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2018

    €7,000 Full-time; €4,000 Part time per year
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018


  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates must possess an honours primary degree (minimum 2H2 or equivalent) in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Computer Science or equivalent discipline. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications processed in rounds: See How To Apply section for full details

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    10th September 2018

Course Outline

In the MEngSc Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (Bauinformatik) you will learn how to apply computer science technologies to sustainable design, facilities management, energy management, and construction management.

The course is designed for professionals as well as young graduates from all computer science and engineering disciplines who want to improve their knowledge of customising information and communication technologies to support the design, commissioning and operation of civil engineering systems.

The course addresses the increasing need for engineers and architects with advanced knowledge and skills in the application of information and communication technologies to support sustainable design and operation of buildings and energy systems, facilities management, virtual construction, building information modelling (BIM) and structural engineering.

Lecturers are broadcast through the web, and can be attended either in UCC or from a remote location. Experts from six European universities contribute their knowledge to the course.

You will get hands-on experience in planning, customising, and maintaining state-of-the-art software systems for the needs of the AEC and FM sectors with an emphasis on complex engineering systems such as smart buildings. The course consists of four pillars:

  • the acquisition of new knowledge and practical skills in selected engineering disciplines
  • the acquisition of knowledge and skills in selected areas of computer science
  • the application of the newly-acquired knowledge in two projects
  • the development and submission of a minor research thesis. 

In the first teaching period students acquire knowledge of:

  •  Smart Buildings, Facilities and Energy Management
  •  Software Engineering
  •  Knowledge Management or Computer Mediated Communication. 

In the first teaching period students acquire knowledge of:

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM), Data Warehousing, and E-business
  • Virtual Construction, Automation in Construction or Finite Element Analysis (electives) 

The two projects focus on:

  • Software Engineering
  • Information Technology for Energy Systems in Buildings. 

The course is based on the principle of research-led teaching, ie. project work will be based on practical examples. Researchers and PhD students from UCC will be involved in mentoring and supervising assignments and projects. On completion of the course, you will be extremely attractive to employers who need engineering with a strong IT-background, working in the following areas:

  • civil and energy-engineering consultancy
  • facilities management
  • energy service provision (ESCO)
  • construction management
  • building operations
  • software engineering
  • project management.

You will develop skills in:

  • applying information modelling
  • software engineering
  • data processing
  • data analysis techniques
  • facilities and energy management
  • structural analysis
  • project and supply chain management in construction.

Non-EU Applications

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

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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. 

Course Practicalities

The course can be taken on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) basis with an option to complete at postgraduate diploma level. Lectures are broadcast using web-technology and can be attended either in UCC, in your home, or at your workplace. The majority of lectures are scheduled outside normal working hours. Block seminars consisting of full-day events are available once a month during academic periods. The course requires the completion of two projects, but can be combined with a work placement. A minor thesis contribution begins when all taught modules are completed successfully and involves four months of research work.


Modules focusing on the acquisition of new knowledge are assessed by written exams (60%), in combination with continuous assessment (assignments – 40%). Modules focusing on skills-development or knowledge transfer are assessed through the submission of reports or essays in combination with presentations. Projects are usually organised in groups. They are assessed through continuous assessment (team meetings, status review meetings) and a final report complemented by a final presentation. You must pass each module (40%) and achieve an average grade of 50% across all taught modules in order to be eligible to progress with the master’s thesis.

Who teaches this course?

The course is taught by five lecturers from UCC’s School of Engineering, and School of Computer Science. Five guest lecturers from universities in Slovenia and Austria, as well as from the IBM Research Labs in Dublin, complement the team of lecturers.

Seminars, tutorials and projects are co-supervised by researchers and PhD-students from UCC’s IRUSE–team.

The course director, Professor Karsten Menzel, has been the director of the Strategic Research Cluster ITOBO since 2007, and coordinates the EU-FP7 project CAMPUS 21. Before his appointment to UCC he worked in three different Universities in Germany and the USA.

Starting Salaries

Starting salaries for MEngSc graduates in engineering firms range from €30,000 to €36,000 per annum. Knowledge regarding future technologies is always counted as an additional benefit to secure employment.

Why Choose This Course

...The delivery of the modules and live interaction between the classroom was outstanding...

Colm Prenderville

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The course was able to successfully combine the theoretical aspects of the material with practical application through the work experience module.

Carol Ou

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... flexibility and IT for Engineering is critical. The MEngSc IT in AEC delivers that skillset ..."

Micheal Keohane

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The MEngSc ITinAEC addresses the increased need for engineers with an in-depth knowledge of how to efficiently deploy information technologies to support their work. It is one of the few courses in Ireland offered in collaboration with experts from European universities. All lectures are broadcast using web-technology. The majority of lectures and seminars are delivered after work hours, enabling employed engineers to participate on a part-time basis. Projects can be organised in combination with a work placement or can address ‘real-world problems’ identified by your current employer. This course was Engineers Ireland course of the year in 2014 and is currently an Engineers Ireland Accredited programme.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

During the spring teaching period (January to March) students get the opportunity to work on two projects: Software Engineering and IT for Energy in Buildings. Project topics can be either directed towards a research career, running in parallel with ongoing research projects being supervised and mentored by PhD-students, or towards a professional career, working on a topic set in agreement with the current or a potential employer and being supervised by a researcher. After successful completion of these two projects it is possible to progress with a continuative topic in the minor thesis combined with a work placement.

Skills and Careers Information

Recent publications report that a shortage of engineers has been identified by professional bodies across the European Union. In the UK and Germany alone, it is predicted that approximately 2,500 engineering positions need to be filled on an annual basis over the next five years (2012 to 2016). It is expected that employable candidates have an excellent background in how to efficiently exploit IT tools in order to execute engineering tasks in the most efficient but also in an interdisciplinary way. This course addresses the need for interdisciplinary expertise and skills in engineering, energy management and computer science.


  • Candidates must possess an honours primary degree (minimum 2H2 or equivalent) in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Computer Science or equivalent discipline.
  • Candidates with equivalent academic qualifications and substantial suitable experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis subject to the approval of the programme director. 
  • Additionally, candidates whose mother tongue is not English must provide evidence of competence in English by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English Language test e.g.TOEFL or IELTS

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. 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 requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

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

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €7,000 Full-time; €4,000 Part time per year.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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