Engineering is about being creative in technical problem solving. Engineers make things possible by using mathematical and scientific principles together with analytical and design skills. They tackle existing problems by developing new solutions through innovative technologies. They also expand the frontiers of society by developing advanced materials, sustainable energy systems, construction technologies, transport systems, biomedical device
Most courses at Trinity College Dublin have the following minimum language requirements. We advise you always check the exact entry requirements before apply to any course, don't forget we are always on hand to help.
You need to have completed a Bachelor's program in engineering or medicine or a Master's program in any other field.
Minimum Entry Requirements3 subjects at grade 5 at Higher Level and 3 subjects at grade 4 at Standard Level, to include English, mathematics and another language.
Leaving Certificate H4 Mathematics
Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade C Mathematics
The B.A.I./M.A.I. (Engineering) degree programme is based on two years of general engineering, providing students with a firm grounding in the principles common to all disciplines, followed by two/three years of specialisation. Graduates are professionally accredited engineers with both a broad-based understanding of the whole discipline and a detailed knowledge of their chosen specialist area. The aim is that graduates will be able to continuously train themselves, to adapt and move into related or newly emerging areas as their careers develop after graduation.
All students follow a common programme for the first two years. The first year comprises introductory courses in engineering science, mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, graphics and computer-aided engineering, and a group design and build project.
In the second year, students take further engineering science modules, such as solids and structures, thermo-fluids, electronics and materials, and complete two more group design and build projects. This allows you to explore all the possibilities open to you in advance of making your final decision about which specialism to concentrate on.
While every effort is made to allow students to study the course they choose, in some departments the number of places for students of any one year may be limited (this has never been necessary so far).
At the end of second year you choose one of the six specialist areas:
Courses in the third and fourth years aim to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the specialism you have chosen.
Subjects are studied in much greater detail and students undertake real-life, practical projects. For example, if you choose Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering you could end up testing the pre-cast concrete used to build the Paddington to Heathrow railway; if you choose Computer Engineering, you might find yourself building a microprocessor system.
Engineering students require a Masters degree to be directly eligible for Chartered Engineer status with Engineers Ireland. Therefore the School offers several options for a fifth year leading to a Masters degree (M.A.I.).
Students can spend the fourth and fifth year in Trinity, undertaking additional modules in their specialisation as well as a group project in fourth year and a significant individual Capstone project in fifth year.
Students also have the option of spending the second semester of their fourth year undertaking a supervised internship placement. The remainder of their fourth year and the fifth year are spent in Trinity undertaking additional modules in the specialisation. Students complete a significant individual Capstone project in 5th year.
Students have the option to spend their fourth year abroad as part of the Erasmus/International exchange, CLUSTER or UNITECH programmes. As part of the Erasmus/International exchange or CLUSTER programmes, students spend their fourth year abroad at a partner university and return to complete their fifth year at Trinity. Some of our Erasmus/International exchange partner Universities include Institut National de Sciences Appliquées de Lyon – INSA, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), Politecnico di Torino and University of Melbourne. The CLUSTER programme is a consortium of 12 universities including Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona; Technische Universität Darmstadt; Technische Universiteit Eindhoven; Institut polytechnique de Grenoble; Instituto Superior Técnico Lisbon; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven/Université Catholique de Louvain; Helsinki University of Technology; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; Politecnico di Torino; KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm.
The UNITECH programme is a collaboration of 8 partner Universities and 16 multinational corporate partners. Students will spend one semester of their 4th year in a partner university followed by a six month internship with one of the corporate partners and return to complete their 5th year at Trinity. The partner universities are Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg; ETH Zurich; Institut National de Sciences Appliquées de Lyon – INSA; Loughborough University; Politecnico di Milano; RWTH Aachen University; TU Delft, The Netherlands.
Assessment in each of the first two years is mostly by means of written examination combined with continuous assessment of coursework during the year. Typically, examinations contribute at least 50% towards your grade in each subject. The design projects are assessed entirely by continuous assessment.
All students follow common first and second years. At the end of the second year you will select one of six specialist streams as outlined below.
Lectures – 16 hours per week | Tutorials – 5 hours per week | Laboratory work – 6 hours per week
First year modules
Lectures – 16 hours per week | Tutorials – 5 hours per week | Laboratory work – 4 hours per week
Second year modules
For contact hours, please see the individual stream pages (see below).
Common third and fourth year modules
Select one of the six specialisations below:
Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Electronic and Computer Engineering (joint programme)
Trinity College Dublin is a public university in Ireland. With an exceptionally strong reputation internationally, Trinity was founded in 1592 and offers a broad and dynamic range of programmes with a particular acclaim in the fields of Law, Literature and Humanities. It is one of the most prestigious institutions in Europe. With a wide selection of societies, sports clubs and situated in the bustling capital of Dublin, Trinity also offers excellent social opportunities and a structured pastoral programme.