Welcome to the School of Engineering

The School of Engineering has a long-established international reputation for the education of engineers.  It provides excellent opportunities for students in a tremendous learning environment, and also for creative and talented students from undergraduate to postgraduate masters, doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

Today, the School consists of four disciplines; Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. We offer 4-year BE and 5-year integrated ME degrees in all of these areas, as well as BE and ME degrees in Energy Systems.  We also offer a BSc in Project and Construction Management along with other specialist degrees at masters level. 

World-leading research is at the heart of the School of Engineering and we offer PhD and research masters degrees. Your learning experience is enhanced by this spirit of inquiry, as you are taught by academics who are bringing the latest ideas and discoveries into the lecture theatre, in both physical and virtual settings

At the School of Engineering, we are committed to delivering top quality teaching to our students and our Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning enables lecturers to keep up-to-date with their latest teaching practices. Our students use Blackboard, the Virtual Learning Environment, to enhance their educational experience, to access learning resources and to share knowledge.  This virtual classroom has transformed the way in which we have been able to interact with and keep in close touch with our students, particularly in this era with restricted face-to-face opportunities.

A qualification from the School of Engineering helps you to distinguish yourself in a competitive job market. It also enables you to develop the specialist skills you need to succeed in your chosen field. Our graduates are well regarded by employers and find employment soon after completing their programmes. All of our engineering degrees are fully accredited by Engineers Ireland and as such, they have international recognition through the Washington Accord, thus improving the mobility of our graduates.

We look forward to welcoming you to the School of Engineering and our award winning Alice Perry Engineering Building where you will be at the forefront of developments in engineering education.

Professor Edward Jones

Head of School of Engineering


All Engineering Degrees at University of 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 to assume personal responsibility for the development and application of engineering in research, design, construction, manufacturing, superintending, managing and  in  the education of the engineer. Their 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.