BEng in Environmental Engineering

Course Description:Environmental Engineering

This new and innovative programme has been created in partnership between the School of Engineering and Environmental Science in order to satisfy a current shortfall in Environmental Engineers in Ireland. Environmental Engineering is about creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live. Environmental engineers design, build and maintain clean water supplies and waste-water treatment systems, waste disposal methods, as well as hydroelectric stations and wind farms.

 IT Sligo has built up significant expertise in the field of water engineering and Environmental Science. The course uses this expertise and is delivered through a blend of formal lectures and practical classes. Students are introduced during the first two years to civil and environmental engineering areas of structural, hydraulic, geotechnical and highway engineering as well as project and site management.

In the third year significantly more emphasis is placed on environmental matters. Written and verbal communication skills are continuously developed through presentations and technical report writing.

 It is hoped that the course will be recognised as meeting the educational standard required for Associate Engineer Membership of Engineers Ireland in due course. Once this occurs your IT Sligo qualification will be recognised in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States, thus offering exciting opportunities for work and travel abroad

Key Skills:

The first year of this course is primarily concerned with developing a good understanding of the underlying science and technology of engineering. In the second year the emphasis moves to civil and environmental engineering topics, including:

  • Construction technologyEnv Eng 2
  • Land surveying and site management
  • Soil mechanics and geology
  • Hydraulics
  • Structures
  • Water treatment and supply

In the third year the emphasis changes to Environmental topics including

  • Biology of water engineering
  • Wastewater
  • Environmental Process Design
  • Energy use & Sustainability
  • Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Management Systems and Auditing
  • Environmental Process Design
  • Waste Management
  • Air, Water and Noise Pollution

Further Study:

Graduates can progress to an honours degree in

●     BEng   (Hons) in Civil Engineering (subject to Bridging Studies in Structures and Maths) at IT Sligo and subject to minimum entry requirements to the course*.

●     BSc in Construction Project Management at IT Sligo       

●     BSc in Environmental Science at IT Sligo

●     Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering Courses in other colleges.           

*The minimum entry requirements are an average of 55% in the award year of the Ordinary Bachelor of Engineering degree and either 70% in the Mathematics modules in the award year of the Ordinary Bachelor of Engineering degree or a pass in the special IT Sligo Mathematics examination held in late August/early September each year. Further information can be obtained from Dr Pat Naughton.

Career Opportunities:

Add information from submission document in relation to Forfas, Engineers Ireland etc…Graduates of this course find employment with local authorities, government agencies, engineering contractors, environmental consultants, Environmental Contractors and Environmental Operators both in Ireland and abroad.

2011 Points:

N/A (New Progamme starting in September 2012)


3 years

Course places:


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