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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_CSTRE_9-Y5
  • Field of StudyStructural Engineering
  • Type of CoursePostgraduate Diploma
  • Type of QualificationPostgraduate Diploma
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing Date30th June 2020
  • Level9
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus

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Duration & Delivery

This programme is delivered on a part-time basis, i.e. two academic years, requiring attendance on two evenings, and a Friday afternoon per week, in each semester.



The taught Postgraduate in Structural Engineering programme is designed to:

  • deepen the postgraduate student’s technical knowledge, skills and competences in the field of specialisation
  • broaden knowledge in other areas such as Sustainability, Management, and Business


Course Structure

The programme is  offered to part-time students under the ACCS scheme. The accumulation of sufficient credits for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma requires the accumulation of 60 credits.



Postgraduate Diploma in Structural Engineering (60 credits) (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).



The programme is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland as satisfying the new educational standard for the title Chartered Engineer.



Further Studies

On successful completion of the relevant 60 credits a student may opt to transfer to the taught MEng in Structural Engineering programme – the successful completion of an additional 30 credit thesis module will qualify the student for the MEng award.


Additionally, the MEng in Structural Engineering programme will provide preparation for the Institute of Structural Engineers Professional Practice Examinations by developing structural analysis and design skills.

Applicants should hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a professionally accredited Level 8 Honours Degree programme in Structural Engineering.


Equivalent recognition may be given through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case-by-case basis to candidates who have not achieved this academic standard but who can demonstrate significant relevant professional experience in the discipline of Structural Engineering, visit www.cit.ie/rpl.


To Apply


  • Online application is currently closed.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.

All modules are worth 5 credits unless otherwise noted.

The programme involves a variety of modes, including classroom based lectures, individual and group project work, tutorials, seminars, and presentations by visiting experts.

For detailed information about modules please click on the below individual titled modules.


Stage 1/Semester 1
Engineering Research Skills
Computational Solid Modelling
Bridge Engineering

Stage 1/Semester 2
Project Development
Structural Engineering
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Stage 2/Semester 1
Advanced Structural Design Office (10)
Sustainability in Engineering

Stage 2/Semester 2
Engineering Project Management
Infrastructure Asset Management
Infrastructure/Special Structures

On successful completion of the relevant 60 credits (as above); a student may opt to transfer to the taught Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering programme – the successful completion of an additional 30 credit thesis module will qualify the student for the MEng award.

MEng Research Project Realisation (30 credits)

Course Details

Part-time Information

  • All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
  • Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020-2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 


  • Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions. Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.  For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students

  • Some candidates may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning based on previous academic or work experience. If you think you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, please check out www.cit.ie/rpl
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