Engineering is the practical application of science and mathematics to solve problems, and it is everywhere in the world around you. Engineering technologies improve the ways that we communicate, work, travel, stay healthy, and entertain ourselves.
Engineers are problem-solvers who want to make things work more efficiently, quickly, and less expensively. From computer chips and satellites to medical devices and renewable energy technologies, engineering makes our modern life possible.
The Common Engineering Honours Entry Scheme is a one year programme for students interested in engineering as a career, but who may be unsure of which discipline to follow.
The Scheme gives students the opportunity to see all four engineering disciplines first hand. Through the various modules on offer, interaction with the lecturers and site visits will assist the student to decide which discipline suits him/her best.
On successful completion of Year 1, students can choose to enter the second year programme of their choice (subject to meeting the standard progression requirements) from any of the following Honours Engineering Degrees:
Applicants are advised to visit each of the course sites for detailed descriptions
The BEng (Hons) programmes in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering are each fully accredited by Engineers Ireland at the Bachelor (Honours) Level 8 educational standard. For further details, please click here.
The BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute. For further details, please click here.
Lectures are supplemented by tutorials, laboratory and fieldwork. There is continuous assessment of reports and projects in addition to mid and end of year module examinations.
Please note: successful completion of the Common Engineering Entry Year ensures guaranteed entry to Year 2 of BEng (Honours) Level 8 programme of choice from the list given above.
BRIEF ANALYSIS OF ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES
Structural Engineering is the science and art of designing civil engineering facilities so they can safely resist the forces to which they are subjected. All structures from bridges to buildings, harbours to airports must be able to meet these requirements. In addition to the technical skills required for the above work a Civil Engineer will also have competencies in related fi elds such as project and asset management, health and safety, and water and wastewater treatment.
Mechanical Engineering involves the design, manufacture and operation of products that have motion or have internal moving parts including machines and aircraft to major power plants and process equipment facilities.
Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering involves turning raw materials into fi nished products. The fi nished products end up in pharmacies, supermarkets, petrol stations and many other places and the design, operation and management of these products are the responsibility of the Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineer.
Biomedical Engineering combines engineering knowledge with an appreciation of the functioning of the human body, covering topics from the design and development of artifi cial joints, to equipment for medical diagnosis and treatment, to the implanting of biomaterials or biomedical devices in the human body.
Sustainable Energy Engineering involves the understanding and application of the engineering and technological principles of energy conversion and use. Energy is one of the driving forces behind civilization and the future challenge is to source this energy in a sustainable fashion.
Am I guaranteed my choice of study at the end of Year 1?
Yes. Successful completion of the Common Engineering Entry Year ensures guaranteed entry to Year 2 of BEng (Honours) programme of choice from the list given.
If I did not study Honours Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate will I struggle on the courses given that all course streams would normally require Honours Mathematics?
The Mathematics modules in Year 1 are specifically tailored to address the topics which underpin subsequent BEng (Honours) programme studies; this gives a very specific focus to student learning. While the Common Entry students undertake the same Mathematics modules as the Year 1 BEng (Honours) students, an additional module of Mathematics is undertaken in the inter-semester period in January each year.
This provides the Common Entry students with an additional learning opportunity in advance of the Semester 2 Mathematics module. Experience has shown that students who do not have the usual BEng (Honours) minimum H4 requirement do succeed in the Common Entry programme if they have also taken Leaving Certificate Physics and/or Chemistry and are committed to their Year 1 studies.
Students who do not have the H4 Maths requirement, or equivalent, and who do not have Leaving Certificate Physics or Leaving Certificate Chemistry may find the programme particularly challenging and additional work effort and application is required of these students if they are to succeed.
What is the advantage of choosing the Common Entry?
The Common Entry gives the student an opportunity to discover more about the various fields of engineering and to identify the engineering profession which is best suited to them. Entry to Year 2 of the BEng (Honours) programme of their choice, from the list identified, is guaranteed for Common Entry students who successfully complete the one year programme – there are no quotas or limits on the number of students who may enter Year 2 of a particular discipline.
The Common Entry offers those who may not have had the opportunity to take Higher Level Mathematics at Leaving Certificate, or those who may have opted out of Higher Level Mathematics during the Leaving Certificate programme, a second opportunity to attain the mathematical skills and competences required for BEng (Honours) Engineering Studies.
CIT’s Academic Learning Centre provides free tuition in a number of disciplines (https://studentengagement.cit.ie/alc).