Entry Points (2023)

Course Overview

Engineering is a wide area, covering such fields as civil, mechanics, electronics and computer technology. This course offers you the option of studying engineering in a general way for a year before going on to specialise in your chosen field in year two. It has been designed to help you make your choice about what professional engineering qualification you wish to study by giving you a year to study the basic concepts and fundamentals of engineering.Therefore, it will help you to make an informed choice about what you wish to specialise in by enabling you to find out where your aptitude and interestslie. On successful completion of their first year exams, students will be able to transfer to the second year of one of the programmes within the College of Science and Engineering. Prospective students should note that they will be at no academic disadvantage having chosen first year Undenominated Engineering: they will not have to complete an additional year of study (a common misconception about this programme)


All Engineering Degrees at NUI Galway are professionally accredited by the statutory professional body, Engineers Ireland. This “Accreditation” means that the degree has been assessed and approved to meet the educational requirements for professional Engineers.

  • Under an international agreement (Washingon Accord), any Degree accredited by the National professional body (Engineers Ireland) is recognized internationally. So having an “Accredited” degree means that employers outside of Ireland can (1) understand the quality/education achieved by a graduate and (2) know that it is equivalent to their own Education system/standards, and (3) can offer appropriate employment on this basis. For example, certain functions (sign off on large civil engineering construction projects) can only be carried out by a chartered engineer.
  • Engineers Ireland changed the criteria for Accreditation in 2012, and now require a Masters (Level 9) qualification as the education standard required for Registered Professional Titles of Chartered Engineer* (prior to this, a Level 8 degree was required). The changes were implemented because the standard European engineering qualification (degree or diploma) is at level 9, and European industry maintains a strict differentiation between those engineers qualified at level 9 and those qualified at level 8. Any graduate interested in working in Europe/Worldwide is now strongly advised to get an accredited level 9 award.
  • Engineers Ireland accreditation can be obtained at the following levels:
    • Level 8:  4-year honours degree – associate engineer
    • Level 9:  5-year masters degree – chartered engineer

*A Chartered Engineer is the highest professional education standard in Engineering. A chartered Engineer is competent (because of their education and training) to assume personal responsibility for   the   development   and   application   ofengineering in research, design, construction, manufacturing, superintending, managing and  in  the education of the engineer. His/her work is predominantly intellectual and varied and not of a routine mental or physical character. It requires the  exercise  of  original  thought  and  judgement  and  the  ability  to supervise the technical and administrative work of others.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

The course is taught by academic staff across the disciplines of engineering and science. Lecturers include:

Dr Kirsten Pfeiffer

Dr Giuseppe Zurlo

Prof Henry Curran

Prof James Duggan

Prof Sean Leen

Prof John Breslin

Prof Martin Leahy

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e., Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Agricultural Science or Computer Science) or Technology, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Additional requirements: Minimum H4 in Mathematics or, alternatively, obtain a pass in the Engineering Maths Qualifying Exam (held in the University).

Additional Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum of Grade H4 in the Higher Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics or, alternatively places available (which may vary in number year to year) may be allocated to candidates who have achieved the points requirement for the programme that year, and who attain a Pass in the Engineering Maths Qualifying Examination. The places available will be allocated in strict order of merit based points attained in the Leaving Certificate. Due to capacity constraints, not all candidates who achieve a pass in the examination may receive an offer.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


1 Year (Students then transfer into a denominated programme)

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades (2023)


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Course Outline

Year 1

In first year you get to explore different areas of engineering, allowing you the time you need to find the discipline that is right for you. On successful completion of your first-year exams, you will be able to apply to transfer to the second year of one of the denominated programmes.

Year 2

Choose to follow one of the following denominated programmes:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Project & Construction Management

Year 3

  • Follow chosen programme of Engineering

Year 4

  • Follow chosen programme of Engineering

Year 5 optional

  • Follow chosen programme of Engineering

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Further Education

Honours graduates can pursue higher degrees in a wide range of related disciplines.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Depending on students' choice of engineering discipline, there is a wide range of career opportunities for engineers, in industry, universities, hospitals, medical institutes, government regulatory agencies, research, software companies, financial services, and much more.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,268 p.a. (€7,408 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€26,000 p.a. (€26,140 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy** €140.  **Payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

Find out More

Dr Edelle Doherty
College of Science and Engineering                                                                                      
E edelle.doherty@universityofgalway.ie 

What Our Students Say


Eva Debarros |   BE Biomedical Engineering

Overall, I am extremely happy I chose to do engineering. My favorite part about the course is the plethora of subjects we get to study not just in first year, but throughout the next 3 /4 years of our degrees. In first year, I had the chance to study subjects I was familiar with from Leaving Cert while also learning skills I never thought I would enjoy or understand such as computer programming, a module I went into with no prior knowledge but encouraged me to choose ECE as my course of study. First year alone taught me that engineering is all about thinking on your feet, sharing knowledge and getting creative with solutions, a lesson that I think is essential for any future career based in STEM. As well as this, being an engineering student has enabled me to obtain a summer internship with a University of Galway based research institute who are exploring technologies at the convergence of Computer Science, Web Science and Artificial Intelligence. These are key areas in the future of computer technology and having an opportunity to explore these technologies has allowed me to gain an insight into the world of work I will be entering upon graduating.