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What is Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering


Welcome to the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering website. First, let's outline what each of the three engineering disciplines mean.


Civil Engineering is the professional engineering discipline which deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of the built environment. This includes works such as buildings, roads, bridges, water and wastewater treatment and supply and harbour and coastal engineering works. In addition to the technical skills required for the above work a Civil Engineer will also have competencies in related fields such as project and asset management & health and safety.


Structural Engineering is a specialist discipline within Civil Engineering which deals with design, construction and maintenance of structures such as buildings, bridges, culverts, towers, masts and foundations.


Environmental Engineering is that branch of engineering concerned with the application of scientific and engineering principles for the protection and improvement of the environmental quality of the world in which we live. Environmental Engineers work on issues of sustainability, provide safe and secure drinking water, collect, treat and properly dispose of wastewater and other wastes, design flood protection measures, maintain or improve air and noise quality, design sustainable urban drainage systems, clean up contaminated land and groundwater, and help communities and industry minimise pollution, among many other activities. It is most commonly a distinct and specialist engineering discipline within the Civil Engineering profession.


Full-time Programmes

The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering currently offers 8 full time courses. Please click on the courses below for more information:


Part time Programmes

The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering offers the courses below on a part-time basis. You can attend MTU Cork part-time or through distance learning. You can take the modules as part of your Level 7, 8 or 9 qualification or you can take individual modules as part of your continuing professional development  (CPD). We also offer a number of these modules over a short intensive period.


Building Information Modelling and Digital AEC

The Department has expanded its education curve to include Building Information Modelling which is the process of generating and managing information about a building, or infrastructure asset, during its entire life. BIM is a suite of technologies and processes that integrate to form the ‘system’ at the heart of a component-based 3D representation of the infrastructure. BIM is, in essence, a system of information modelling and management which helps to enable smart asset design, construction and maintenance through the effective leveraging of digital technologies.


Major Awards (Level 8 and Level 9) programmes, and Minor Awards (Certificate) in the discipline of Building Information Modelling and Management are offered to graduates in architecture, architectural technology, or engineering disciplines.


Minor Awards



Major Awards