Engineering - Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. MEngSc

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Course Code: CKR29 Full-time & Part-time

Course Title: Engineering - Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Engineering - Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

Duration: 1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

Qualifications: MEngSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,000 Full time, €4,000 Part time per year; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €22,000 full-time

Entry Requirements: Candidates must possess an honours primary degree (minimum 2H2 or equivalent) in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Computer Science or equivalent discipline. See also detailed entry requirements.

Closing Date: See details in application procedure below

Next Intake: 10th September 2018


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.

Course Details

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.



Detailed Entry Requirements

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.

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

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

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.

Further Contact Information

Marguerite Reardon

Executive Assistant


T: +353 (0)21 420 5400

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