ME Civil Engineering

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

Globally, Civil Engineers are essential to the provision of transportation systems, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure, clean water, waste management, and earthworks. With ever increasing global population, global urbanisation and global concerns about climate change, the formal training of engineers in a global context becomes crucial. This programme offers* students the chance to develop their engineering skills in both University College Dublin and Columbia University, New York (ranked 16th best university in the world) and to graduate with a dual degree from both universities. Students will complete a mixture of taught modules, a work placement and research over the course of their studies on this programme. The benefits to both graduates and the industry as a whole will be in the training of high-quality graduates with global knowledge and training of European and American engineering practices.

Module Information:

Under the "What modules can I take?" section below you will see general module information, for a more detailed description including module selection rules click here.

*Students will need to have a minimum GPA of 3.08 from UCD (equivalent to 2:1) and with the support of UCD make an application to Columbia University for acceptance. Students who are unsuccessful will complete Stage 2 of their degree in UCD.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Stage 1 in UCD comprises 6 core modules in the Autumn Trimester (30 ECTS) and either a Professional Work Experience placement (30 ECTS) which runs across the Spring and Summer Trimesters or a Design Project (10 ECTS) plus Option Modules (20 ECTS) which are undertaken in the Spring Trimester.

Students who complete Stage 2 in Columbia University, USA select their modules from the recommended course list for a chosen area of study/concentration (in consultation with Faculty Advisors in Columbia University).

The 6 Areas of Study/Concentrations offered are:

  • Construction Engineering & Management;
  • Engineering Mechanics;
  • Environmental Engineering & Water Resources;
  • Forensic (Structural) Engineering;
  • Geotechnical Engineering;
  • Structural Engineering).

Students will also undertake a year-long research project under the guidance of a supervisor in Columbia University. 

There are excellent job opportunities for graduates of this dual master’s programme in civil engineering design and construction, damage assessment and disaster relief, working in the developing work as engineers with NGOs, project management and site management. Established civil engineering employers with a presence in both Ireland, the US and around the world include Arup, Jacobs and AECOM. 

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This section links to general module information, for a more detailed description including module selection rules click here.

ME Civil Engineering (T308) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9300 vc
nonEU    fee per year - € 29100 vc

vcStudents only pay fees to UCD for the year they are studying in UCD.
***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

In year 1 UCD fees apply (which you will have detailed in your offer letter) also any scholarship awarded by UCD applies only to the UCD year. When you go to Columbia you pay the Columbia fees.

  • An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in civil engineering or equivalent.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent. As this is a new programme please refer all on to college.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Dr Ekin Ozer​, Programme Director

"While this dual-master’s programme is new, the discipline of civil engineering is well-established and has a long-standing history in both UCD and Columbia University. Students will have the opportunity to learn in both institutes, each with an excellent track record in teaching and research. Students graduating with this dual-master’s degree from UCD and Columbia will have international experience that is unrivalled in the global world of civil engineering. Society will clearly benefit from engineers with global training of both European and American practices."

The School of Civil Engineering will be located in the newly built state-of-the-art centre for creativity when constructed in 2024. Modules are taught by faculty-engaged, leading-edge researchers, working in collaboration with national and international known industrial and academic researchers.

The following entry routes are available:

ME Civil Engineering (D) FT (T308)
2 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Do students automatically get to complete their second year in Columbia University?

No, students will need to complete the following steps to have the opportunity to complete the second year of the programme in Columbia University.

  • Students will need to have a minimum GPA of 3.08 from UCD (equivalent to 2:1),
  • Students, with the support of UCD make an application to Columbia University for acceptance.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for the 2024 admission cycle. If you have taken the exam and would like to provide your scores, you may, but it is not required. Students who do not submit scores will not be penalized in the graduate admissions review process.

*Students who are unsuccessful in their application to Columbia will complete Stage 2 of their degree in UCD.